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  1. How good is Joe WIlliams? Simply put, wIthout him, we lose that game yesterday That is how important he was. He also carried Bakinson for 90 minutes, who quite frankly is stealing a living as a professional footballer. League One at best, and that is being kind. I can deal with misplaced passes etc, but he's so lazy and lethargic and showed zero fight.
  2. Surely that is a dig at Palmer? I'd also guess O'Dowda, who was often publicly vocal about Lee Johnson during his time in charge. Not sure they're the only two, but Nige is right that the culture in a team is critical for a happy camp. We clearly need new blood, not only as we have an ageing team on the field, but new players will breed a healthy competition in the squad and provide some new voices too.
  3. Went to QPR v Birmingham at end of September and Birmingham looked very average. My worry is that we just give the ball away cheaply - Martin won't get a sniff out of their back line if we resort to punting it hoping for a flick on. Kiss of death now..... but goals for sure in this one. Can't see either team keeping a clean sheet. Going for a 2-2 draw, with City throwing the lead away twice.
  4. Hi Jerry - I hope you may be able to supply this suggestion to the club please. I actually saw you as we left the game yesterday as you were walking back up the hill from the away buses, as we left about 10 minutes early but felt it would be better to write on here. My main suggestion is around the provision for families at away games and my question is in 2 part. 1. Smarter Seat Selection Despite buying my tickets for my son and I on the first day of sale with ST, we ended up with seats in row XX - the back row. Whatever ground you are at, and in particular away games, you know that people are going to go and stand there etc. and so was a completely unrealistic place to watch the game from. With it being sold out, we had to chance by sitting in other seats, and thankfully were not asked to move. Where people sit/don't sit at away games is always a tricky issue - but with any child ticket, can more thought be considered on where the seat is, before it being allocated? 2. Creation of a family safe area at away games. Despite avoiding the back of the ground, our chosen section of being to the far right of the stand and near the front also ended up not being the best of choices. For whatever reason, this area seemed to attract a large group of individuals who just showed little care or compassion for children around them. You know what you will encounter at football, but this was on another level. Despite asking a steward to perhaps intervene, he just shrugged his shoulders and said it wasn't his concern. Quite frankly hilarious. Witnessing numerous families with children looking visibly scared and in tears, meaning they had to leave early is simply not acceptable. This is not the first time I have witnessed this either - both Reading away and Fulham away have seen similar incidents over the last 4 years or so. With this in mind, can a certain amount of tickets be allocated to create a family area for any away game - meaning families can enjoy an away game, and not be put-off attending due to the selfish actions of other so-called Bristol City supporters?
  5. I totally agree with both of these comments - usually I am proud to to support the club, yesterday I was quite frankly ashamed of some of our supporters. It's becoming more of an issue over the last 4 years or so - an always at sold-out, or near capacity away games. I've absolutely no issue with people vocalising their frustration at what they see on the pitch. Yes, we are a team yet again in transition and we played a good West Brom - but where was the bottle, the bite, the passion?!. The first 65 minutes were absolutely atrocious - they would all be given less than a 2 match rating - not due to individual performances - but no cohesion as a team. We are lacking leaders in every part of the pitch. Back to our own support though - for me it was on a whole new level of poor yesterday. Far too much time trading insults to opposing fans. The amount of coked-up and pissed individuals who barely watched the actual game, and instead made certain sections of support a uncomfortable place to be was depressing. Seeing children in tears and parents being made to leave a game early due to someone else's selfish behaviour, you'd think these idiots would stop. Sadly not. Instead they just filled the seat those families were in, to get 10cm closer to a fan in another part of the ground - it's so hilariously pathetic. Would love to know if others felt the same today, I genuinely feel respect amongst supporters is hitting an all-time low, and for the first time I am now questioning whether I wish to attend away games with my 6 year old son, as I don't want to consistently expose him to these sorts of things.
  6. TBH - my emotion of wanting something that is synonymous with the club and area got the better of me. I didn't even to stop and think that it was alcohol. Poor choice perhaps in retrospect.
  7. https://www.sportbible.com/football/football-betting-gambling-advert-ban-is-likely-to-affect-nine-premier-league-teams-20210923 As outlined in the article, this is looking ever increasingly likely that it will get passed. From our perspective, that means an end to Mansion Bet as sponsor, so will open up new commercial possibilities - but potential a shortfall unless we find another sponsor quickly for next season. In current times, that may be easier said than done. That said - I would love to see Thatchers emblazoned across the front of our shirts tbh! Does anyone know how many years the Mansion Bet contract was for, or was it all hidden from sight and yet another fine example of machiavellianism displayed by the Ipswich Ego?
  8. Agreed on Matty James - the guy just oozes class and confidence with the ball at his feet. As you say, what makes the above even more impressive is that most passes were forward in nature and not always taking the easy option. Back to Bakinson - although it only shows only 20% of his passes were inaccurate, it was other aspects of his game that for me, were lacking in part yesterday - and are not visible based on the imagery displayed in your post. As a Box-to-Box Midfielder - he needed to be that bit more composed (the final 3rd in particular) and there were a few occasions where he spent far too much time in possession, allowing QPR to press with a second man, and easily steal the bally away. What is also not shown was his positional play, where he tracked back (almost as a spectator, with the game passing him by) and both Willock and Chair were never threatened in having the ball taken by him. There is definitely a good player in there, and I really hope we see more of him, but yesterday was ok, and sadly nothing more. For such a pivotal role in our team, if he wants to keep his starting place, then he must show more - and hopefully that will come with more regular minutes.
  9. The word that first sprung to mind was.... frustrating. As harsh as it may sound, I felt we carried him at times during the game. He didn't track back enough, and looked hesitant and unsure on at least 3 occasions with the ball at his feet on the edge of their box. He lost possession cheaply too (mind you, that could be applied to many yesterday). There is clearly a very good player in there, and I can see similarities with H-N-M, that if provided with the the right training and some consistent minutes we'll see the best of him. The same could be said for Semenyo, who really did make a difference from the bench, using his pace to win free-kicks and pull their defence out of shape. The above may sound harsh on Bakinson, but it was being openly discussed by many during the second half at Loftus Road. As fabulous a result yesterday was, don't lose focus that we are still in need of developing players to understand the NP system, and to use not only their footballing ability, but also a footballers brain in making better decisions.
  10. Speaking of tickets, I'm planning on bringing a friend to the game tonight and wondered if anyone had a £10 members ticket offer that I could perhaps use etc? Can transfer money over immediately and then you send the ticket via email etc. Thanks
  11. The only positive thing I can say is Thank **** he is out of our club. An odious, egotistical, narcissist of the highest order.
  12. Because his reach/size was huge. If he guessed right, Donnaruma was always going to have a chance to save it. If the technique has worked for those players, before - why abolish now? This article - nicely breaks down the science that supports the players methods - https://www.ft.com/penalties
  13. Surely your logic is flawed. The same would apply to the Italian team.... same type of wages, same professional expectation. Sports is about stepping up into a moment and using that experience to try and define the outcome. For outfield players - that is to score. For goalkeepers - that is to save. Feel free to head back to Football manager to never play this trio of brilliant young footballers, who achieve more with a ball at their feet than the likes of you, or I could ever do so. Show any player who played last night some respect, for even being in a position to play in that game, and be asked to take a spot-kick.
  14. Reading play it in the soulless bowl that is the Madjeski Stadium For that reason alone - never do I want to hear it down Ashton Gate. We have our own unique anthems thanks to The Wurzels - why would we want to get rid of that??
  15. Unsung hero - does so much that he does not get credited for.
  16. Spot on. What people forget is that going back some time ago, the choice of alternatives of what to spend your money on/do were far less. With live sports so accessible, coupled with asking people to pay a sizeable premium to watch poor football - fans are not renewing by default like previous years. Added in, the last 2 years has shown the club in demonstrating disdain to a large percentage of fans on a consistent basis. Based on those elements above, 10k is better than I would have predicted.
  17. I was very close to not doing so, as like you - the commute from Berkshire adds to the cost/time issue. For home games, I need to leave home no later than 11:30am to get to AG and parked etc, and if I get out of Bristol without too much traffic, I tend to get home around 7:30pm. I've eventually purchased (Pearson signing was a huge factor), but moving forward, my habits will change and I will no longer feel as determined to make every home game. I've barely watched and paid for RobinsTV this year, which indicates to me that my priorities are indeed changing. Will always support the club, but this season feels very much like last chance saloon for me. The club has to start to act and treat me like a fan, and not a customer. Saying it in structured Press Releases is not enough, I want to see it throughout the club's behaviour.
  18. This has brought a lump to my throat as my own daughter turns 9 on Monday. I can't begin to imagine the pain he and his family must have gone through, and still must go through now. Huge respect, thoughts and wishes to Dean and the family.
  19. Not gushworthy at all and I would agree. I can't think of a better consistent keeper we've had in a long long time. I think perhaps except Foster/Krul - he is the best keeper in the Championship. Looking back over games, he has already saved us 10+ points in my opinion. Always rated him at Southend, then at Brentford and was personally delighted when he signed. Had one poor (by his standards) season at Brentford and a slightly rocky start with us, but we are now the beneficiaries of it. He's clearly working hard in training and hope he is our keeper for the next 5+ seasons.
  20. Totally agree. The swiss army knife of the side. Is there anything he can't do? Love his passion - always gives 100%. One of our best signings in the last 20 years.
  21. The weather is atrocious right now at the City Ground. Will definitely have an impact on our game, and likely to disrupt our quick passing style. A slog of a game is on with a keeper mistake almost certain.
  22. I've kept quiet over the last 6 weeks - looking on from afar whilst all unfolded and now feel able to comment on the situation. Like lots of posters on here, many have yet to express their opinion and the mass outcry does not necessarily reflect all of the fan base. At first, like many I was appalled with what I was seeing, and the silence was deafening. It was a real concern to what was being done to a club that is a large part of my life, like many other who support it. Since then, my stance has softened and changed. The more I read and speak to people in the game - this could turn out to be a very shrewd move by the club. The question marks over Dean Holden still remain. The elongated process to reach his appointment must be reviewed as a club, and key individuals in the club hierarchy must question their role in that process and the lack of communication throughout. I understand we have no right as fans, but it smacks of ignorance to feel that a football club can operate with customers, opposed to fans - irrespective of the changing commercial model that elite sports has become. Holden may well have a vision. He may well have brilliant expertise and abilities. He appears to have the support of the players. What he does lack is the experience that the board stated was critical for the next phase of the clubs history and desired rise. That failure is not on Holden, more on the communicators. (Steve Lansdown in particular needs to be held to account for this and apologise to Holden for causing the murky undertones that we have seen in the fan base of late). What has I think been overlooked is the new set-up and vision. Although Hughton was the people's choice, other clubs have seemingly passed on him recently too. This could be for a number of reasons, and though I am not doubting his credentials, there must be something that is putting potential suitors off appointing him. For anyone that has read the Bielsa book and when he was appointed at Leeds, it transpires that at least 2 managers that Leeds spoke with could barely name any players and felt their reputation was enough. Look at the journeymen managers like Mark Hughes etc. who have got jobs time and time again based on this. I am not saying Hughton was like that, but an interview is critical and perhaps he left the board feeling flat. The boldest step taken however by the club, is the taking of not one, but two very well respected coaches from the English F.A Set-up. Speaking with people I know working in the game, both coaches come very highly recommended. Southgate was very saddened by their departures and recognises all they have both individually achieved. Their reputation goes beyond the English set-up with other coaches from national set-ups reviewing what we have done with the under-19s and under-20s and trying to emulate it. That we have managed to persuade both to leave their roles is quite something, and to me states that we really believe in a youth set-up for the future. If Holden were to not achieve what he sets out, then both coaches would be retained and a new head coach implemented. Who that could be, and their pedigree will be debated should that happen, but Downing and Simpson will be here for the long-term with the set-up we are going towards. The fact that Holden is on a 12 month contract does indeed say a lot. The current financial climate will have dictated some of that, but it also means that the model is where the vision is, and head coach is interchangeable to fulfill that vision. It may take a bit longer, but sustainability in football with youth investment is critical. What football clubs are seeing behind the scenes is painful - and it is no exaggeration that over 30 clubs across the Championship, League One and League Two are fighting for their very survival. This has been on the cards for some time, COVID has merely brought that forward. Last and by no means least - how we are operating as a football club off the field is the bit which definitely has cause for concern. The communication strategy (as someone who works in marketing and comms) has been atrocious. There are so many aspects that I could and would love to critique. It has been painful to see how this whole situation has been handled, and sadly that goes back for over 2 years since the club restructured itself internally. For those that have seen season 2 of Sunderland til I die', I can't help but see Ashton in a similar vein to Charlie Methven. His whole approach is corporate and egotistical. The way the communication has been handled is farcical, and if this vision goes horribly wrong, then Ashton will have to fall on his sword. He and Lansdown had the final say on that set-up and vision, so must take accountability for what plays out. We may not like it, we may wish to contest and feel it will be wrong - but we simply don't know that to be the case. It is a gamble, and slightly unorthodox. That said, if this does go well - then praise should also be forthcoming. The vision and fulfillment of it could be inspired and as I have pondered this post for some time, I feel much more optimistic about the future on the field and with the playing set-up at all levels, and how that will develop and evolve. Large questions remain with the off the field approach, but I concede the pressures the club is facing through the crisis that football is going through. Either way, now is the time to regroup as a fanbase. Those that follow and support need to unite, and if you have lost that love and buzz - by all means take some time away and come back when appropriate. This is a new chapter for the club, but on reflection and consultation with experienced personnel in the game that know far more than I do, I genuinely feel excited about what we are doing, despite the risks outlined.
  23. If True... That statement is outrageous. Far too many 'I' comments for my like when it is 'our' club and we are fans. No one man is more important than this club. My estimation of Mark Ashton has gone down massively with this awful piece of self-PR. To reveal that LJ cried and pleaded to retain his job is disgraceful. Things like that should be kept in private. Secondly - this man clearly believes in himself. It is borderline narcissistic in its nature. The way he outlines how HE has built the talent from HIS contacts, could not make it any more clear that there was no unity. The fact that LJ's list of players compared to MA's list is quite telling. Though what he outlines in this may be true - how you handle yourself, tends to speak volumes about who you are. For me, MA has shown himself to be what others have felt for quite some time. He may help US achieve success - but by gosh won't we all know about it when we do.....
  24. Totally agree. Sadly some people comment on forums as if they are something entitled. Learning to give a bit of respect would serve these people well. He's done a good job - but his time had run out. If you pause and think.... He's moved us forward. He's developed some young players who we have sold at good profit He's given us some amazing nights and a very special cup run The time was right, he needed to go but he will do well elsewhere. He does however need to change his philosophy and mindset. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Though he would OFTEN change the side, (too often) the tactics were very one dimensional.
  25. Looking at the Rugby model, things have changed since we appointed LJ in his role. Lansdown has spent big on some rugby players, and has spent big on coaches. First getting Andy Robinson and then Pat Lam. On a side note, I've just finished a Book about Bielsa (which is fascinating). Leeds openly admitted that the cost of the manager was far less impactful than another big signing player. They offered Conte £20 Million to coach them after he got sacked by Chelsea, such is the value of Premier League football to them. If we have been wise (as would appear) in our purchases over the last 3 seasons, getting new young talent - why would you not now make that final investment to nurture and develop? The cost of that development of one player - could cover the salary of the manger 4 times over. That is why the LJ appointment should always be looked upon as a success with some amazing memories. Like many have said, it simply ran out of steam and ideas. It was stale, and needed a change. If Hughton meets the club criteria of coach, agrees with the plan and agenda - money will not be an issue in getting his signature.
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