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Gert Mare

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  1. We could have been out there all night and still create nothing.
  2. We’ve got a pretty good squad now, but Lee’s tactics still seem to baffle me. Fortunately we held out for the win, but it should have been more comfortable than it was. 3-2 and Wells is off the pitch....we survived in my opinion. No massive credit from me, but very happy with the 3 points and there is hardly anything between the teams at the top now. Our goal difference let’s us down which says a lot about our defensive frailties overall.
  3. The best thing to do is not bite. Trolls thrive on attention. It’s just words at the end of the day. Sometimes it’s just differences in opinion that leads to insults being thrown about. Like any forum you also find fans of opposing teams pretending to be City fans and start stirring the pot. I tend to look at the points score next to the posters name, and if it is low and their comments seem a bit OTT it indicates that they are possibly a WUM and I ignore it.
  4. On the business side of things you can’t fault LJ, but MA needs to take a bit of credit for that too. The sale of Kodjia and subsequently Reid, Bryan, Webster etc has enabled City to become an established Championship club where we are in a position to actually compete for promotion rather than try to avoid defeat or mount another ‘great escape’. We are now able to buy and loan players of quality and when we sell we can sell for money we could only have dreamed of in the past. The idea of bringing academy players through seems to have been shelved for now because either they are simply not good enough, or we prefer to loan them out for experience in the hope that they come back better players and therefore run less risk of them having their confidence shattered by trying to learn their trade in a team where expectations of success are higher than they have been in the past. Yes we have improved year on year, but that isn’t something that will continue to happen due to the nature of football these days. As soon as a player hits a purple patch of form the vultures with the money start circling, so it becomes difficult to play a settled side for an entire season as in years gone by. I don’t think that LJ has what it takes to get the best out of established and experienced players. He has never tasted success as a manager and that is evident in his constant tinkering. It appears to me that this is the act of someone who is ‘hopeful’ of finding that moment when things ‘click’ rather than being tactically astute. LJ’s teams are found out far too often and there is no element of surprise, no real plan B. Even when it becomes blindingly obvious that we are losing our foothold in the game he never seems to be able to nullify the oppositions threats (Barnsley away and QPR 2nd half, Blackburn at home springs to mind) whereas I have seen opposition managers come to Ashton Gate and set up teams to get hold of the midfield, take advantage of our sideways passing around the back four and snuff out our creative outlets. The only thing that ensured the 3 points at QPR last week was a bit of luck, defending and QPRs lack of end product. We go again last night and it’s more of the same, chasing shadows in the middle of the park and hardly any creativity. I just don’t think that LJ has enough in his locker tactically to win dirty as well as clean. It’s just the same things being repeated over and over again until time begins to run out and we start slinging high balls into the box. This could well be the last season at the helm because there is no doubt that we have more quality in the squad, but performances remain the same regardless of personnel. As to who would replace him? Well that would have to be thought about very carefully, but we are certainly more of an attractive prospect than we were in the past and there is no doubt that we could go up to the Premier League. I would be worried if we did go up under LJ because the lack of experience and tactical awareness would be massively exposed in the top flight.
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    He will still be in charge until the end of the season at least. It’s a very strange season, no real stand out teams in this division but the most concerning thing for me is our performances, regardless of the results. We can’t seem to get hold of the ball in the middle of the park, we give up possession far too cheaply and we lack creativity when we get around the 18 yard box, and then we result to lumping it. Our set plays are also very poor and seem to lack any imagination whatsoever. We are so predictable that it must be an absolute dream for any visiting manager to Ashton Gate. The responsibility of mixing it up and being creative comes from the manager I’m afraid. Yet again we had a chance to move within touching distance of the top 2 and we fell miserably short. It is frustrating being a fan of City, but the personal attacks are getting a bit much. I’m tired of the “Where are all you Johnson haters now” threads whenever we get a result and am equally tired of the “Johnson Out” threads every time we lose. LJ will be here at least until there is no possibility of us reaching the playoffs. That’s the deal he has with SL. Tonight we were poor and fans have every right to vent their frustrations, but please can we just give these tit for tat threads a rest? Both sides that is!! It’s like listening to a broken record.
  6. He promised to get rid of his mullet when Rovers reached the Championship.....tick tock
  7. Don’t worry....The Sags will always keep this memory alive!
  8. Let’s pray these players stay fit. We were cursed at the beginning of this season. Let’s also see how they gel with the team. The team needed a bit of freshening up. Patersons return has coincided with a pick up in form and we are now back in the mix, and with Afobe possibly making a return before the season is out it might just be the lift we need at the right time? Also, keeping Eliasson at the Gate was also vitally important because we couldn’t replace that creativity if he had departed. I am excited about the run in now and if we can continue to build momentum then who knows where we might end up? You need a slice of luck in this game too, so let’s hope that for once the gods are favourable to us for once. Up the City!
  9. So why don't they all go and support the REAL Man U?....FC United of Manchester United United FC United?
  10. Out of order, especially having to travel a very long distance from all over the country to do it. They need to be winning everything as it is their right! Little kids in Bristol who have their bedrooms decked out in plastic Man U merchandise to go with their Man U kits are in tears. As with all plastics everywhere they need "their" team to win even though there won't be an open top bus tour of Bristol City Centre. It will give them something to watch on the telly so that they can pretend to feel a part of it! I f******** hate plastics!
  11. More chance of seeing an announcement to renew season tickets for next season. MA: So Nahki? How much are you currently on per week? NW: ££££££££ MA: Sean? Have you got any promising trainees instead?
  12. If you all hate the soon to be defunct club clap your hands.....
  13. “I thought we played well for the first 20 minutes until they scored a goal....then they scored again! Huhuhuh’
  14. I can’t see SL pulling the trigger whilst we are still in the mix, but come the end of the season I reckon that will be it. I cannot see him being given another season if we end up mid-table come May.
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