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  1. Except for Taylor Moore, who decided to have a crack from 40 yards when we had 8 players in advanced positions ahead of him
  2. Imagine if there was a thread about this. Imagine if there was an OTIB poster who could be guaranteed to post about a Sky fixture the moment it was announced. And despite all that, just imagine if there was an OTIB poster who moans about so many other unnecessary threads and then posted an unnecessary one of his own. Sounds ridiculous. No one would believe that way. I won't believe it until I see it on the official site @Robbored.
  3. Anyone know what the OP posted for some reason it doesn't come up for me?
  4. Friday night in Sheffield two seasons ago was incredible. Friday night in Wigan last season was a lot of fun. But Friday night in Barnsley the day after Brexit probably isn't where I should be. Sky you utter bastards.
  5. If this isn't true I think we should delete the entire internet and get on with the rest of our lives.
  6. Genuinely devastating news not simply about losing one player - which would be ridiculous in of itself to call "devastating" - but as a momentum and confidence killer for a season I thought recently was quietly taking the shape of a very serious promotion challenge, now that is devastating. Only other thing to add is if anyone moans or groans at Diedhiou at AG I will probably lose my ****ing ****. What we need now is for everyone to get behind the bloke. Lost count of how much he has been written off, more so once Afobe arrived, we get it, you don't rate him, but FFS support the bloke.
  7. I see Korey has become the latest player to get it online and call it out, and most unforgivably a comment about his kids which for anyone who sees the stuff he shares - quite possibly the happiest most wholesome family in the world - would have to make you seriously depraved and inadequate to channel your energy into that level of hate against someone so positive. Hopefully ijust a 12 year old Gashead after one too many beers, but this stuff seems to be on the rise and social media is always the source. Why do people feel the need to hide behind keyboards to say things they wouldn't say in real life. Not to imply racism has measure or merit but how anyone can find Korey and his family anything other than outstanding role models is beyond me.
  8. Stoke will play worse and win. City will play far better and won't. Thus unfolded the latest early chapter in a Championship season that promises very different fates for both teams - and for Johnson's men is starting to gather an unerring momentum. The struggling hosts played well and were worth at least a point, but City, who failed to capitalise on Joe Allen's early red card for a wreckless clattering challenge on Josh Brownhill, rode their luck and stole the win through two wicked Hunt crosses. Captain Brownhill was outstanding in a far deeper role at the heart of City's midfield, but robbed of Afobe, Diedhiou was static and Palmer bereft of passing lanes, which let Stoke dominate exchanges, the visitors having to rely on two devastating crosses. Stoke belied their poor start to the season by racing out of the traps, just 2 minutes in debutant Ashley Williams lost a right wing cross against his old club and keeper Bentley had to claim. But this was only a brief respite against the determined hosts. A minute later Baker closed down a break as Stoke forced a first corner on the right, and in lots of space the first ball to the far post wasn't cleared and from the second ball Clucas, with City slow to react, easily slammed it unerringly into the near corner. City didn't settle and the home side looked as though they may add a second, but ten minutes later Joe Allen's loose touch led to a 50-50 in front of City's box - Brownhill arrived first but Allen leapt in late studs up and was red carded after just 12 minutes. The advantage didn't galvanise City and it led to Johnson replacing the 3-5-2 quickly on 18 minutes, Moore sacrificed from the back to add Semenyo in attack alongside Diedhiou. But Stoke broke yer again and a Rowe mistake led to a deflected shot. After 21 minutes Massengo, with City still yet to get going, lost out in a 50-50 in his own half as Stoke muscled past the away team and Bentley had to do brilliantly to beat away McClean's point blank shot as the hosts looked set to go further ahead. A busy spell saw Hunt beaten on the right and a ball in to Gregory was pushed past the keeper but Baker cleared off the line, at the other end Weimann almost turned in at the far post and a good move on the right saw Semenyo test the keeper too. City were starting to get going but twice Diedhiou lost the ball by not being strong or tidy enough - although on 28 a sublime no look pass by Massengo under pressure on the left set Palmer off at the defence, tackled brilliantly as he unleashed a shot. Palmer quickly had a shot deflected wide and Rowe headed wide far post following good work by Semenyo and Brownhill, as City rallied either side of the half hour. But from a series of corners Johnson's visitors rarely looked like finding a way back into it. Before the half Gregory glanced a header over the bar from a right wing free kick conceded by Hunt, but Hunt then fed the ball into Massengo at the other end who lifted a looped ball over the back line that Semenyo met in the box but smashed over. At the break a City freekick on the left was played short and Palmer had two chances to feed it into the box, the second squared to Diedhiou who couldn't force it in as the well organised home defenders swarmed to ensure Stoke went in comfortably ahead. After half time City were still second best, little sign they would find a way back into it. But ten minutes into the half Brownhill strode forward, fed Hunt, who dropped a shoulder and lifted a perfectly weighted ball to the far post that Diedhiou bundled in. After the hour Palmer went off for Niclas Eliasson, a smart change with City's star midfielder struggling to pick passes in the absence of Afobe, the game plan playing up to Diedhiou far more dependent on our crossing and not quick channel balls. And amazingly within just a minute of the change City went in front. Yet again Hunt stood up a cross to the far post, Eliasson put the defender under pressure who rose to nod it past his own keeper, rolling just over the line, the ref finally awarding it. Despite all Stoke's best efforts - certainly worth a point - the game died a death as City closed shop, although the visitors had room for more, Semenyo heading over on a break after good work by Brownhill and Weimann, Williams heading the corner over. Stoke players lost their heads in the final stages, feeling like they were second best to refereeing decisions but in truth they'd spent 75 minutes collapsing hoping for the official to even things up, although even in injury time they still tore into City's defence. Indeed I was certain Stoke would secure a last gasp equaliser and it speaks volumes for City's unfolding season that they stole all three points to continue progress into the top spots of the Championship, a fine result on a day where we were second best. Bentley 7 A couple of crucial blocks and saves and handling always superb Hunt 7 Not always tight defensively but you can't argue with his two crosses Rowe 5 Exposed a lot, all Stokes best chances were down our left, found it easy to play channel balls behind him Baker 7 Solid and tidy all game Williams 7 Got better as game went on and finished game almost playing like sweeper tidying everything up Moore 6 Did nothing wrong and unlucky to go off Brownhill 9 Ran the game in defensive midfield drove us forward and picked his passes, his best game for a year Massengo 8 Was a little loose first half but got better and better and finished the game looking like one of the best players on the pitch - in the 90th minute held off two older opponents to keep the ball Palmer 6 A few nice moments but a much less effective player without Afobe and right to take him off Weimann 6 Well dealt with by Stoke who picked on him and made it very hard for him to run unimpeded, rarely linked up with Diedhiou Diedhiou 6 Tidy in places but lacked the movement our play needs - but you can't argue with his effort or his goal Semenyo 6 Disciplined but lacked the space and opportunity we associate with him, dropped out to wing second half and at times looked much more a threat Eliasson 7 Composed and efficient with and without the ball
  9. When you walk out of the station the police are everywhere and have taken to only allowing two options if you look like an away fan: Turn left on the main road heading away from the town (and ground) for the Terrace, the designated away pub Get on one of the shuttle buses to the ground If you choose the first, they'll put you on the shuttle buses once you've finished as you have to go back past the station towards town. They don't seem to want anyone going into town unaccompanied, which is odd, because it's a dump. Easy enough to give them the slip. All that said the shuttle buses AFTER the game are the best in the league if you're in a hurry, away fans only, pick up by the away turnstiles.
  10. I would suggest that Portugal is a very agricultural country with plenty of produce from the land and sea and combined with being very working class - working the land or industry - along with a long lunch break shutdown and a commitment to meals as a big family or neighbourhood occasion, makes it less of a snack on the go type place, more a place where even a plate of food resembles the varied bounty of mums cooking ie grilled meat and fish, potatoes, rice, vegetables. Go to any village in Portugal and all the workers will be crammed into a canteen - maybe the only one - all eating a big lunch. Conversely you are more likely to see someone even young still working and grabbing only a quick caffeine shot at 6 or 7pm rather than walking home or sat at home with a box of fried chicken or a burger or TV dinner!
  11. Fam, Semenyo and Ashley Williams all starting.
  12. Next time you pick him up, do me a favour and take him to the little Portuguese kitchen in St. Nicholas market as a surprise. Maybe @Matt Parsons has told him about it, but I imagine it will be good for his ability to settle and play his best football, as someone living in a different city, to find there is a small Portuguese community in the world’s best city.
  13. That's got to be more helpful than everyone replying to City's tweet - one he is obviously reading and replying to himself - and ripping his hairline to pieces reference the fact he couldn't possibly be 21. And we wonder how we end up with players that lack confidence or self-belief!
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