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  1. Early rehab is very much in vogue these days, but it’s also well appreciated that going too hard too fast can cause more problems. The pressure on teams to get players back too soon can quickly need to another injury and I am sure we can all think of examples.
  2. Accepting the hairstyles and that footballers in the 70s liked to “enjoy life”, but good grief some of the guys who were hardly 30, look at least 10 years older. And it’s not just City players. Watch any of those re-run 70s matches and you will see some very old faces on relatively young blokes, who were supposedly professional athletes.
  3. Dave - there is a school of thought amongst some orthopaedic surgeons (perhaps those not driven by the need to operate) that if you can let a meniscus tear (even a medial one) heal without an operation then that would be better long-term and potentially carries less risk. Obviously I am not a professional and have time to take 4-5 months, which they don’t, but the overall point was that going slower to start with and building gradually might end up with a better result than pushing too hard too soon, and either aggravating the original injury or causing another by overcompensating. That appear
  4. As a 50-something, I tore my left meniscus in a fall back in August. After taking it very easy for a couple of weeks, including initial icing and wearing a simple compression bandage, followed by 10 weeks of no running but regular swimming, I have subsequently built back up to running 5k 3 times per week in under 30 minutes. Now I am not suggesting that rehab for injuries is easy, and it’s not my area of expertise, but if I can manage to recover after what is a significant injury back to what I was achieving pre-injury, in around 4 months, I do find it amazing how long it has taken some o
  5. It would have to be on the basis of turning a profit on the buying and selling of players, because it hasn’t been success on the pitch, which is yardstick almost all of us would use.
  6. 4 decent central defenders of whom 3 out of 4’s best attributes were defensive (Flint’s goal scoring was exceptional as a central defender), plus 4 midfielders who complimented each other very well. And finally 2 front players who were really very mobile and attacking midfielders, whose movement, through balls and runs from midfield were hard for opposition defences to pick up. And when they were good they were very good as a team. Remember both our goals against Man United were scored by 2 different midfielders, which usually implies good movement in the team and something that hasn’t h
  7. Benham’s interest is analytics and he has applied that to football with some success. He also bought Midtylland and made them the most successful team in Denmark, plus he has used them as a potential feeder for Brentford. He’s also employed some decent managers - Warburton and Smith. Our big issue is that SL has put all his eggs in Mark Ashton’s basket. The question will be at what point (if ever) he decides that MA as the CEO of a business that is not achieving its stated aims is the problem that needs to be resolved, rather than the coaches or players.
  8. To make money in English football, the club has to be in the Premier League. The Championship is definitely not the division for those looking to turn a profit as it involves relatively large amounts of investment with at least 12 clubs every season vying for promotion, and for 9 out of those 12 disappointment and limited returns. Add in FFP and parachute payments and you can see the problems! I can’t see SL cashing in on his investment any time soon, especially as a large part of it is the real estate, as much as the clubs that constitute Bristol Sport. That said nothing is impossible...
  9. It will become endemic like influenza, but beyond that no one can be sure what the future holds. As for returning to games, I have the advantage of being able to walk I the ground and actually booked a ticket in the Atyeo end of the Dolman for the game against Wycombe as I had nothing else planned for Boxing Day. As I don’t enjoy watching live games on TV, I would rather go in person even if there are restrictions etc. That said, for me, the true match experience won’t return until I am back in my own spot and able to meet up for a drink and chat in the pub after the game. Fulham in
  10. We are generally mentally weak as a team. There are very few players who have that mentality of “do or die”, will not give up, and put their bodies on the line. And most of the ones that would are missing right now. I would suggest that Weimann is one of the few (see how irate he would get with the referees when decisions went against us), Baker is another (explains a few of his injuries) and finally on his day its Diedhiou, which is why he has been sent off a few times for us. As for the rest, most of them are far too meek and mild. Winners they are not!
  11. It does demonstrate that we are missing both Weimann and Paterson. Points to our current lack of forward creativity and reduced number of goals. Plus reducing Diedhiou to a bit part substitute hasn’t helped. If out of our starting forward 3, one has scored only twice in the League this season, and another has played 34 Championship games for us and never scored, then that also might suggest part of the problem.
  12. Keeping this City related. Low point: Losing to Shrewsbury in the FA Cup 3rd round and missing out on a home 4th round televised tie against Liverpool. High point: Sacking LJ. Sorry but he had to go. 2nd lowest point: Realising that despite all the talk of experienced managers, big names etc, DH bring appointed Head Coach after a ridiculously drawn out process. Initially looked like he might prove my fears groundless, but we have quickly returned to boring and unsuccessful “LJ-ball”. Confused point: Realising that despite missing the pub for a post-match drink and chat, my
  13. So can we expect Jack Wilshere appearing for us any time soon on that basis, given he is a Wasserman free agent? Daryl Janmaat anyone? Or even more realistically former Hull City defensive midfielder Kevin Stewart, who is also a free agent? How about former Leicester captain Andy King? You saw it here first! That said I would have preferred if we had kept Henriksen, who is now at Rosenberg. Players have agents, I get that. And I get that the biggest agents are likely to have more players on their books. However it does look more than a bit suspicious if many of your recruits all come from
  14. Not quite the full Harald Schumacher but the Leeds keeper clearly takes out Ben Mee without the ball, so it should be a penalty. That the referee then blows preventing the goal from counting is also a serious mistake, plus VAR didn’t intervene on either part, which considering it usually reacts to anything in the penalty area is just ridiculously inconsistent. Finally Leeds were very lucky to get the penalty as Pope gets his foot to the ball first then gets clattered by Bamford into the bargain but is penalised. “Marching on Together” with the ref whistling the tune today...
  15. I have written this elsewhere (or perhaps even earlier in this thread) but to get the best out of Wells, he should be played as a lone striker with fluid players playing the ball through for him. Palmer could replicate much of what Eze provided for Wells at QPR last season. Looking at Dave’s options, my favourite would be the Christmas tree (4-3-2-1), which is a variation of what we have already been playing with 3 in midfield. I would partner Semenyo with Palmer for Wells and leave both Martin and Diedhiou as substitute options up front. We need a midfield 3 that can provide co
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