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LondonBristolian

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  1. He has a great first half. Something of note to is that, whilst he did fade in the second half, he got an injury shortly after our third sub and - from the way he was stretching during stoppages in play - I am guessing it was the sort of thing where he wasn’t comfortable as to whether he could carry on. But he kept going and working. And his fitness did look better than last season. For me, he did enough to warrant more chances for sure.
  2. I actually get more annoyed - not that annoyed, admittedly! - when people call Man City "City" on the apparent presumption no other "City" teams exist...
  3. I have no idea of the answer but am glad I was not the only one wondering this mid-game!
  4. Great write up. My ratings: Bentley - 9 Tanner - 5 Kalas - 7 Atkinson - 6 Baker - 6 Pring - 5 James - 6 Bakinson - 7 Massengo - 8 Weimann - 6* Martin - 5 Dasilva - 5 Semenyo - 7 Wells - 8 *Weimann was near impossible to decide on. He deserved an 8 for two crucial moments and 5 for the rest of the day. Ditto Martin did virtually nothing but the one thing he did was what he was there to do…
  5. On top of that, you could reasonably argue we should have got 2 more points than we did against Blackpool and a point more than we did against Swansea. A win in a game we might have lost just evens us up to where we should be points wise…
  6. I think there's an extent to which wild celebrations are slightly performative though. I don't mean that in a bad way but, to explain what I mean, I don't think most of us would celebrate a goal if we were watching at home on our own in the same way we do in a stadium. Maybe I am wrong and there are people who chuck flares around in their living room or whip their shirts off and start whirling round in the air but, if I watch a goal at home, I'll shout with joy and punch the air once. If I watch a goal in a stadium, I'll jump around, cheer for about 45 seconds, grin at everyone around me and so forth. That tells me that my reaction in a stadium cannot be a natural one. Of course you get carried away in the crowd but it has to also be partly a consequence of being observed and being in public. That's not to say I wouldn't feel the same sense of delight at a last minute winner if I watching on my own at home but I'd be happy for the delight to be a private feeling and not feel the need to act like I was delighted in the same way as I would in public... I get it is different for players in that they are the ones doing it on the pitch but even then, I imagine there is still the moment of a natural reaction of joy and then that is followed by a conscious choice to show that joy in a particular way via a goal celebration - hence the fact that some players develop trademark celebrations and some teams choreograph particular things. And that's more about playing to the crowd rather than a natural reaction. Which is partly why it is absolutely lovely on those occasional moments when you see pure unbridled joy and an unselfconscious celebration from a player who clearly is just reacting to a moment. What I mean by all this is Wells was undoubtedly delighted and you could tell that looking at him. But I think a decision not to perform the showmanship of a goal celebration is not related to how a player feels...
  7. Similar to your last sentence, Bakinson was struggling and doing stretches on the pitch at one point and moments later burst forward and, when he lost possession, through himself into a challenge to get the ball back.
  8. Yet another Birdseye product that never took off…
  9. If they’d only taken the trouble to look on this forum they would have known that cannot be the reason as Bentley is not good enough and isn’t a Championship level goalkeeper.
  10. I have said I am a millionaire. But I’m still an underpaid senior manager at a small charity who is lodging in the loft of a house in Walthamstow with bugger-all chance of ever owning my own house in London! Saying things that are clearly wrong just makes you wrong - not those things you say right.
  11. His touch was lovely at times though. There was one long ball to the right he controlled exceptionally.
  12. Being honest, I didn’t looked quite at Championship level yet. He was okay but I felt he looked somewhat out of his comfort zone in terms of the pace and intensity of the game. However that is not unusual for a player making a step up and there was plenty there to suggest he could be a good player for us in time. I think he did enough to deserve to start next time out but I think it will be a while until he really finds his level here.
  13. As per my post just above, I really felt today Wells showed what he could offer in terms of physicality and work rate. More of that and he’ll fit right in.
  14. I’ve been unsure about Wells in the past but he really impressed me today, long before the goal. His work rate was excellent, he got stuck in and he helped us keep possession further up the pitch. I think what speaks volumes is that both Wells and Bakinson have been criticised in the past for their work rates and contributions and both got their chance today and worked their arses off. That reflects really well on both the manager and both players, and perhaps the new fitness regime…
  15. Very glad not to see Richard Gould* do that this afternoon! *I had to Google to remind myself of our CEO’s surname. I quite like that as a change from a CEO who tries to cultivate a public image…
  16. That would be a bloody difficult group! I imagine - like most - I’d come for the tie against the top seed for the novelty and experience but the competition doesn’t excite me in the way league football does.
  17. Sorry - just trying to recreate the histrionics of the other night…
  18. He looks like a guy used to be playing League Two football who is suddenly realising the step up. But he has had decent moments.
  19. The quality is not quite there for us but I’ve been impressed with Wells and Bakinson’s work rate today. Both have their commitment questioned at time but both have definitely upped their fitness and willingness to get stuck in.
  20. I don’t find that frustrating. It is what gives me hope…
  21. Semenyo has now twice proved me wrong. We might just have someone who can create from nothing after all…
  22. I think Eliasson was a much bigger loss than we realised at the time. He was inconsistent now lack anyone who can create from nothing. He got us out of a lot of holes…
  23. Wells is working hard and showing some lovely touches. The ball is sticking more with him than it has with Martin or Weimann.
  24. Not sure if Baker injured but, if not, then impressive Pearson is not scared to make a change at half time to get us forward a bit more when we are wining…
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