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    Still time to sell O'Dowda before the season starts but probably not for the price the club hoped, assuming that anyone still actually wants him. Now O'Neill has been sacked, the Forest move seems unlikely, while there's not much sign of intent from Elland Road. If he doesn't go this window, I would suggest it's the "freezer" treatment: "Go and train with the U23s, and you won't be seeing the first team again until you sign s new contract. And by the way Eliasson is a much better crosser of the ball than you, better at corners than you and has a better attitude than you. So if you do want to make it back into the team, I suggest you get practising hard during those U23 games that no one external, including the RoI manager, will be watching." Harsh? Very. Fair? Absolutely. No one is bigger than the club. And if you think you are, then either you should leave or you should soon realise what not playing is actually like. In short, stop being a Prima Donna and start acting like a professional!
  2. Not seen anyone else mention this, but Stoke revealed 4 new free transfers on Wednesday, including Lee Gregory from Millwall, Nick Powell from Wigan, plus the Barnsley goalkeeper, and a midfielder from QPR. Presumably they are still offering above par wages particularly to attract the likes of the first two to join. Also given those moves, the odds on both Wigan and Millwall struggling next season must have shortened.
  3. I know one friend approaching 80 who decided that he wouldn't renew his ST, partly due to the issue of getting to the ground, and partly because he had finally just fallen out of love with watching the game live. And last season's home form didn't help, although we were both still there when the crowds were a lot less during the SOD era, when many didn't bother with STs. The new stadium is different, but compared to the experience of sitting in the Williams on wooden slatted seats with no leg room and a pillar in line with one of the penalty spots, it's a better viewing experience. We are also established at this level, which is definitely a plus. And if we get more youngsters becoming ST holders that is also a positive as potentially they have a lifetime of doing so ahead of them. For those nostalgic for the old Ashton Gate, I am sorry but time has moved on. At least we are still playing at our spiritual home, unlike many other clubs. Plus the club does appear to be moving forward on the pitch, although I agree better home form would be good. However if it's the 70's fan "action" that you are missing, then in general (exception being Swansea last season) you are better off looking elsewhere on a Saturday anyway, and leaving the football to the rest of us.
  4. And they go like a rocket? Maybe not!
  5. Has Vardy retired from international football? He was on fire after Rodgers took over at Leicester. Surprised not to see him included, especially as Kane's only game before the tournament will be the Chsmpions League final, assuming he even makes that. And I would also have taken Maddison or even Andros Townsend over Winks and Delph. Assuming that's correct, I can't say that Winks has stood out. He is not exactly a mainstay of the Spurs team, unlike Maddison at Leicester or Townsend at Palace, both of whom were again on top form at the end of the season. Maybe Winks is to Southgate as Pato is to LJ?! On the basis of form , Dier is also lucky to have been picked because he was woeful for Spurs at Bournemouth. In fact, the whole midfield looks really lacking in creative players. Delph? Really? Not played well this season. And doesn't Rice also play in central defence for West Ham rather than midfield? After the first XI, some of the choices certainly seem questionable.
  6. FLDC promoted to the Prem? We will never hear the end of it on Sky.... And what chance Abramovitch will want FL to replace Sarri next season?
  7. Who could you be thinking of?!! A club that puts a tent and pretends it's a stand? And to think that they actually that Wally had some money. No sign of it so far. Perhaps they could ground share with Dings Crusaders at their new ground at Frenchay. Proper stands look very nice from the M32!
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    Having just the MOTD highlights, Bobby was clearly their best player today. Through balls and a good goal. His agent should be using that evidence to get a move in the summer. Things might have been different for Cardiff if Colin had played Bobby more often, but Colin's negative set up, in the style of Pulls, has done for them. I am sure if he is still in charge next season Colin will get quite a welcome at the Liberty Stadium. Hopefully we won't see him at AG!!
  9. Maybe LJ has calculated that he might want Semenyo for the play off final to keep SL sweet, especially if he scores the winning goal?!
  10. Purple & lime against orange & black. No wonder Sky aren't screening the match - not sure their technicians or viewers could cope!
  11. "Important" in the sense that it was missing 2 others to go with them. Same as against Wigan. Fine margins and all that, or poor home form and wasteful dropped points, you decide!
  12. The right back position is likely to go to Wright, especially after the Pisano subbed sub episode on Tuesday. Otherwise the rest will be the same as the starters on Tuesday, the only other query being the keeper. Max made the penalty save, but he gave it away in the first place! And then it's down to the subs, which if there are no injuries, at a guess, will be Palmer, Eliasson & Taylor and probably in that order. The challenge will be to keep Grosicki and Bowen quiet when playing at the KC. Do that and we stand more than a chance of getting the win we need.
  13. Given their respective form at the moment, I think your Baggies mate is a bit delusional. Surely they would much rather play the team that scrapes into 6th. Plus a semi final of Leeds against Villa would be pretty "lively" after Sunday's shenanigans! The winner of that semifinal also might be missing one or two players on disciplinary charges come the final....
  14. Also looking at the City stats, it makes you realise how much we battered Reading for scant reward. Still can't look past the Ipswich, Wigan and Reading home draws as having undone our playoff chances. 2, 4 or even 6 extra points would have made a huge difference at this stage. But the reality is that currently we aren't good enough at making the most of our possession and converting the chances we do make. And that's the difference at even the very highest level, as Liverpool found out last night.
  15. I would hope that West Brom want the win to make it to third above Leeds and avoid Villa in the semi-finals. Villa are the form team going into the playoffs.
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