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The Journalist

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The Journalist last won the day on November 29 2014

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  1. The lower-ranked team should get to decide where any given tie is played. That’d solve that issue.
  2. Do you still have Godzilla's BBC Radio Bristol commentaries saved to your trust USB stick?
  3. We also had near enough the best player in any given position in the league. Doing that in the Championship would be... expensive.
  4. It’s almost a bit like “Well this is what I really want to do, but it’s not working as well/quickly as I thought it would, so I’ll give something else a go because it seems to make sense”. That is not a recipe for success in any line of management.
  5. I began trying to explain this in a different thread but abandoned it because I figured I’m probably on my own with it. Contrary to popular belief, I think LJ 100% knows how he wants his team to play, who his best players are, what his favourite shape is etc... the problem is he doesn’t believe it in enough anymore, I suspect partly because he knows he’s under short-term pressure to get results. Aa a result he gets so sucked into trying to tick all the various boxes he talks about, attempting to create a team with all the perceived right ingredients rather than a team with the philosophy he really believes in. As a result, he’s abandoned his own principles and we’ve ended up with increasingly confused thinking. It’s no wonder the players look like they’ve lost a bit of belief in what they’re being asked to do. It feels, to me at least, a bit like the end of Gary’s time here. It’s a worry.
  6. I just can’t bring myself to even look at/think about/blame the penalty decision. You only ever have a right to feel aggrieved when you’re denied something you actually deserved in the first place. The bottom line for me is that we simply have to do more to win games. We didn’t pick a team to win the game. The team didn’t put in a performance to win the game.
  7. The company my dad worked for prior to retiring used to own a hospitality box at Old Trafford. In something like 30 years working for them only once did his name come out of the hat. Fortunately, the game we blagged was Manchester United 7-1 Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals. Surreal.
  8. I think this is a bit harsh. Lee Johnson clearly believed, for a period at least, that Semenyo was a genuine first-team option given the games he was actually starting a couple of months ago. Ultimately, Lee was wrong and he’s not stepped up - but that’s easy with hindsight and there’s no way we would be loaning him down to non-league level, which is the only option available to us out of window.
  9. The big problem is this league just doesn't work like that. Surely we've been in it long enough to know that? This is not a Bristol City problem, it happens to pretty much everyone in this league. That's not making excuses for it, it's just really important to know it's not exclusive to us. I see that because I cover the entire division, not just follow Bristol City around. Believe me, it's incredibly difficult to back up good results over and over again. Only West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United have been able to do it and they are, without doubt, the best in the division. I have to point out, too, that we've only suffered back-to-back losses twice in 13 months. Not bad considering the "streaky Johnson" tag and suggests we're way more consistent than we give our own team credit for.
  10. What can we expect? After two excellent performances and results, a frustrating goalless draw I suspect. Bloody football.
  11. Good on you. Hope the boys put on a performance for you.
  12. It seems a shame for your son for the sake of £2. By all means kick off about it, write a letter of complaint etc because it sounds really daft... but if going to the game was really about treating your son and not just added to the story for dramatic effect it seems a bit like you’re cutting your nose off to spite your face.
  13. If we can pick up a result here, starting with that team in that formation, it could be an absolutely massive breakthrough moment in our season. I really, really hope we can do it for so many reasons beyond the points on offer.
  14. Like Niclas Eliasson, he's just crying out for a proper run of games. Lee Johnson clearly doesn't fully trust either of them, else they wouldn't be scapegoated every time we chuck in a bad 30/45/60-minute performance. I thought he was unlucky to be taken off at West Bromwich Albion.
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