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  1. Images of our heroic players spitting away to their mouths content must become a thing of the past If any good comes out of the corona virus then not spitting on the pitch, or anywhere in Birmingham for that matter, has to be a real benefit Lusty spitters like Patrick Viera would soak his shirt back in the day by flobbing feebly down his shirt and who could forget when Holland v Germany met
  2. Dasilva as a left sided midfielder or winger/wing back. too easy to bounce off the ball at the back, so on the bench next to johnny smith. have a hunch O'Dowda would make a very good defender
  3. so there we have it 24 views on riding high before wolves 'beasted' us in the last 10 minutes plus ages of extra time. bossing the midfield hasn't been much good since that turning point. here's to a better city with an entire squad of fit players and loanees busting to get back and into the first team here's my team for next season's end of this season, assuming no new players 1 o'leary 2 vyner 3 o'dowda 4 Taylor moore 5 kalas 6 han noah massengo 7 korey smith 8 afobe 9 diedhou 10 palmer 11 eliason subs nagy, weiman, maenpaa, etc etc
  4. Not sure we have got much to look forward to down at the gate for a while, so lets look back to the point when we were one nil up at home to wolves and this was our position in the league
  5. I used to go to watch football at Ashton Gate, now i self isolate; and take pride from the players we get to the factory gate. at other clubs So should the original 1982 'eight' be proud of what's been going on, of late? Well winning things doesn't matter so much, nor does entertainment, because its all about how we gyrate. Tombola formations, random selections, blame the players not the boss, because his job is just to help the club elevate Not through climbing the football league, but in adding value to each players exit price to make funds that generate Soon we will sign players, never see them play for 'us' and sell them out to other clubs for a profit, taking pride only in the cash difference, before we hyper ventilate. No longer are we just a sh*t Southampton we are now a fully functioning Factory and conveyor belt; no glory or cup finals to cheer, just more dosh to articulate. and if you ignore the factory gate, well that would make you aston villa and for that we should celebrate.
  6. Josh Brownhill has been sorely missed in our midfield since his departure to the bench at Burnley. Whether he was an 8 out of 10 every week doesn't matter, it is his absence that coincides with our awful showing in midfield since he left. Good luck to the Lansdown's for making decent money out of him, but just once in a while imagine if you had done some of the following instead 1 Signed a football equivalent of Pat Lam to run the team, in order to attract players like Gayle 2 Tried harder to keep the likes of Bryan, Reid, Webster, Kodjia, Brownhill, Kelly, even Flint, by really going for promotion. 3 Signed a proven young striker with a good fitness record with sell on value and gone for Harry McGuire around the 15M mark, now worth 80M This selling off anyone half decent as soon as we can is killing the fan base and presenting us with some of the most inept standard of football. The supporters will turn nasty and hostile soon. I'm amazed we have been as patient as we have until now LJ is pilloried for his Tombola approach but he really has no idea what his best two teams are, let alone how to get all of the best ones onto the pitch at the same time. The board have been buying quantity over quality, when Coutts showed them that you could be champions with empty seats on the bench and full seats in the stands. We have no discernible playing style and are awful to watch, especially at home. The squad is far too big even before you ask where Vyner, O'leary, Taylor Moore, Jonny Smith etc are going to fit in Lets hope a fresh approach in the summer and a fit Benik Afobe will allow us to have a right good go next season
  7. Given how poor our home form has been for several seasons now and that LJ appears unable to fix this, i offer two ideas. 1. we seek to get Ashton Gate blocked as a venue and offer to play all other teams twice away from home each season OR 2. we get to cash in our season tickets at home, for one for away fixtures only After over 50 years of watching City i can't remember such a long period over too many seasons in which our home form has been of such indifferent quality. Perhaps we could implement a manager for away fixtures and a different boss for home games? Play our on loan squad at home only and our first team for away games? Crazy ideas i know but something has to give, we haven't been a fortress for far too long, and if we could become half decent at home we could grab that promotion spot
  8. its been very comforting to see the new recruits this season especially down the spine of the team firstly a really athletic dominant goalkeeper then a bit of a wait for the big boys to show up in the January window then a centre forward/striker add in a robust centre back and a tall combative midfielder and this team should be really strong if we could get Nagy fit and Han Noah to know what he is doing that would be great. meantime COD looks increasingly stuck in a slow lane unable to keep up, definitely needs a loan somewhere and a run of games it would be an interesting match to put up our on loan players in one team against our current home squad. we seem to be recruiting at a much higher level than ever before. almost a full international first team great time to believe in city, just need to sort out the home form and off we go to the promised land
  9. Ok so Bobby left and Weiman came in; it looked like a direct 'run about a bit' replacement. The difference was that Bobby had a first touch and some turns and could make Fammy look good. Weiman has none of these qualities. He chases lost causes, has a 'Toblerone boot' touch and cannot hold the ball up. Currently we don't have a midfielder able to play him in nor a manager able to train the team how to get the best out of him. I now long for the days when Cotterill didn't fill his bench with spare 'clubs', built a tempo and belief into a settled team and crucially believed all his defensive problems could be solved by buying a quicksilver striker. Which is precisely the place we are in now, needing to spend proper money on a 'top talent' striker we have wasted all this time on Streaky Johnson and us fans have given him an easy ride. Its time for him to shape up or ship out and replace Weiman
  10. i think this a great idea. the ball never sticks with him whether you pass long or short. where's Glynn Riley when you need a man to hold the ball up? sadly none of our other strikers seem good at playing with their back to goal. bring back Milan?
  11. OK so now we have tied him down, and made peace over his contract; what do want from him and where should he play? When he first broke through i was enthralled with his power, balance, and touch. Since then i have only seen him play well either in a middle of midfield position or as a defender. As a winger or wide man he has underwhelmed. Spending an entire season on the bench would be a waste of everybody's time Can we Bobby Reid him by finding that new perfect slot for him? Personally i think he could make a great full back Could he replace Baker at centre back or play striker. i would really like to see this lad come through before its too late what would you do to maximise his potential?
  12. pound for pound the best summer signing of them all. Dasilva won't walk straight back in
  13. Could Tommy Rowe turn out to be our best signing of the summer in light of JD's injury? Could it present an opportunity for COD to establish himself in the first team and make left back his new, permanent position Whilst i have liked JD going forward i have always felt he was light in defensive awareness and strength Might just turn out to be a blessing in disguise
  14. So we didn't get the fox on the box we craved, and that one position was what we all really wanted. How about getting Sammy playing as the new Bobby, unlocking defences and scoring the goals
  15. If we had played Palace away would we have played any better? No matter how you dress it up our home form has been shocking for far too long If we are serious about this being a BOLD window then doubling our goals scored at home is essential I'm hoping for a Mark Ashton miracle in the next few days to beef up our offensive game Time please for at least one recruit to get us all up and out of our seats. What we all want to see is exciting football at home. 'lets be 'aving you'
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