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  1. I like O’Dowda, I think he offers something we don’t have in the squad especially when running through the middle but if he won’t sign then get rid. The individual isn’t better than the whole.
  2. If it’s to provide cheap cover whilst we let a few of the young fringe players like Walsh and Bakinson go out on loan and give Smith time to fully recover then it’s a good move all round. I will be disappointed if he’s the only CM addition this summer as it is definitely an area where we need to splash some serious cash or aim for a top end loan.
  3. Reading the article you can see how meticulously everything is planned out. My criticism of LJ has been his in game management, dealing with evolving situations that take us go off plan during 90 mins. As a young coach he excels at doing the ground work, you certainly can’t knock his preparation but he lacks the in game experience that comes with time. I think he’s slowly learning, I still think the city job was a few years too early for him , iron out the inexperience lower down the league, but with each season he’s becoming more experienced so I’m looking forward to everyone’s patience being rewarded in the near future.
  4. Undoubtedly a great finishing position and another season of improvement. I should be ecstatic but once again i’m left thinking it should/could have been so much better. A few bad runs, terrible home form which the coaching team couldn’t address, a lack of creativity and a perceived lack of investment by the board when once again we were in a position to consolidate top 6. It was still a great season so not moaning but from the position we found ourselves in close to the end of the season and the poor form Derby and Boro were in we really did let ourselves down and realistically there’s lots to work on from all involved if we really want to be contenders next season.
  5. I think one way or another LJ will be here for one more season unless we get promoted/play off final. Either he will be backed and deemed to have failed or won’t be sufficiently backed and leave on his own terms. Either way, it’s a pivotal season for our club.
  6. I agree with HR. Max could do with a season long league 1 loan where he can prove himself and develop. Nikki seems a little injury prone but may just have been unlucky, I’m sure Frankie will be off so for me we still need a new quality first choice keeper with Nikki providing cover.
  7. General Zod

    Bobby

    Out of the big 3 players we let go last summer, Flint, Bryan and Reid, Bobby has proved to be the biggest loss. Flint and Bryan were seamlessly replaced and you could argue we are now stronger in their positions. Bobby was pivotal to how we played, no guarantees he would have scored 20 plus this season but I would put money on him scoring a few more than Weimann has returned . I think losing Bobby (or failure to replace as well as the other 2) probably cost us a playoff place and whilst we’ve improved this season it would have been even more progress with Bobby still up top. Despite the high finish, with promotion the goal, his desire to move on has probably ended up costing us a lot this season.
  8. I don’t care how we do it, an offside goal, a cross caught up in the wind, a controversial penalty. I don’t care for once if I’m not entertained, I don’t care for once if we are out played for 89 minutes. We have nothing to fear, nothing else matters today except a win. Let’s do this together.
  9. I guess there’s a chance that he wants out in the summer is happy to see out the season in the stands and doesn’t want to risk a long term injury that puts any potential move in jeopardy. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see COD in a city shirt again. Disappointing if true.
  10. I can see COD being sold on at a profit in the summer with the money put towards strengthening centre midfield. Eliasson will then be our first choice winger with Adelakun challenging from the bench if he’s impressed around the first team squad this season. At least that’s how the ‘project’ works in practice
  11. We are more than capable of beating Derby and winning all our remaining games. We are also more than capable of not winning again this season. Its so frustrating how we switch from world beaters to panel beaters several times over a season. If we do make the playoffs we will be on the kind of run which could see us going all the way. The last few performances make that unlikely but there’s been many times this season where I’ve feared the worse, couldn’t see where the next win was coming from, blink and we are in the middle of a great run again. More twists to come?
  12. There’s been a lack of investment in key areas for far too long. That midfield two have been flogged to death over the past 2 seasons. No wonder they lack energy at times. Our front two needed help and additional quality, we sold Duric, off loaded engvall but didn’t replace with Championship ready quality in the summer or winter windows. My criticism of LJ is he seems happy with SL refusal to back the manager when needed. We will always be the team which falls away unless we gamble once in a while. The seasons not over yet but for the second season running it’s hard not to think what could have been if we were prepared to invest and take a calculated gamble.
  13. I’m pretty nervous about today’s game. They all feel like ‘must wins’ at this stage of the season. Here’s hoping for a few early City goals and a strong performance. One thing I’ve learnt with City this season is that easier games on paper don’t always turn out that way. I think the next 8 days will make or break the playoffs dreams of us, boro and Derby. It’s in our hands guys so 90 minutes of support needed today no matter how the game is going.
  14. Just enjoy being in the mix. Let’s stay with the lads for 90 minutes on Friday no matter what the game throws at us. At this stage 100% support can make a difference. Save any recrimination for full time. Loads more twists to come, win v Reading and we could be playing Shef Weds at a great time when they are off the back of two defeats and play off dreams just shattered. If we still have something to play for there must be a win in there somewhere against Derby, millwall and hull. None of the chasing pack is consistent or any better than us so why can’t it be us who sneaks 6th.
  15. Small margins but I think a day less recovery and a hard game with 10 men could help us. Their run has to end at some stage. They are probably feeling really confident but their last two games have been rollercoasters so they are definitely beatable. What a game it could be. As fans let’s just enjoy being in the mix. Those who make it to games support for 90 minutes as loud as we can for this game and the rest of the season. Enjoy it and let’s help bring it home. We have all summer to recover...
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