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  1. Olé

    RIP Tinners

    Martin was beyond all of us. He followed City home and away for more than 50 years while living in South London. He was so positive and brought City fans together at away games all over the country. I spent hours with him on trains and night buses. He loved his friends and family and was chatting to me during 99% of my abysmal match reports. The best City fan ever.
  2. Glad Forest didn't score a winning goal in normal time which spared us the commentator doing his usual THIS CLUB. THIS TOWN. THIS TIME. THEY WILL NOT GO QUIETLY nonsense.
  3. Fantastic goal by Sheff Utd - they were being kicked, pulled and pressed on every touch, even retreating to begin with but so strong and quick thinking with the touches to keep the ball moving and work a route back.
  4. There would be a weird bit of symmetry with his old assistant if he went there - perhaps the two have spoken. Heckingbottom took over from him at Barnsley as caretaker when LJ joined us and duly won the JPT and Play Offs and leapfrogged us in the Championship the following season before getting Leeds job (only match vs City 2-2 at Elland Rd). He was binned off after only half a season for Bielsa - and rebuilt his career managing Hibernian before returning south to coach and then manage Sheffield United who he now has in the Championship play offs. Hibs seemed a useful reboot.
  5. A second string Huddersfield side proved to be too much for rejuvenated City, who didn't make plenty of possession count in an open end to the season - on top for periods but 2 down to the play off bound hosts before half time and anonymous in front of goal despite lots of opportunity to build around their box. City probed as well as they have in recent weeks, but the final ball was always lacking - all action Semenyo probably among the biggest culprits - chances at a premium as touches and crosses deserted the visitors, who regularly miscued out of play or swung a ball into and then over and out of the box. The Terriers dominated the opening action yet on 12 Semenyo got in down the right and squared for Martin to force a corner. The visitors recycled the set piece and another ball in saw Semenyo's shot blocked far post before a series of 20 yard pot shots culminated in Semenyo forcing a clumsy save. Midway through the first half a long spell of patient Huddersfield passing saw Massengo deflect Russell's long range shot behind and from the corner Klose had to head behind too. City had been comfortable stepping up to cut out the hosts' threat and yet after the half hour the home side roared into a lead. A halfway line Terriers free kick was laid into the left channel where Toffolo skipped past defenders and marauded goalwards, before Klose's desperate challenge deflected the ball up and into the forwards onward path with just Bentley to beat. The forward made no mistake, curling into the bottom corner. City responded immediately with Weimann feeding Massengo who roamed free out of midfield and sent Martin clear from the left to force Blackman to beat away at the near post. The ball deflected away to Massengo who was hacked down - from James deep free kick Martin headed wide at the far post. By now an interesting sideline (literally) was the nearside linesman who had got so many decisions wildly wrong including giving us a throw in for a ball two yards over the byline. Now he'd miss right winger Pipa miles offside onto a long ball to square to Holmes to force Bentley to parry over at the near post. Before the break City wasted the ball twice in attacking positions with aimless crosses and Huddersfield broke with purpose racing at backtracking defenders with Pipa again suspiciously clear from the right in acres of space, sliding it into the six yard box where Bentley intervened but Ward bundled home. City badly needed a quick response to the 2-0 defecit and after half time they finally got their press working - DaSilva robbed his opposite number and Massengo broke from the left to win a corner, building a spell of pressure that led to Klose volleying wide from 10 yards out through a crowded box. Another interception in midfield saw Martin thread livewire Semenyo clear on goal but this time that same awful linesman did flag for offside. George Tanner finally returned from long injury for Massengo as the game drifted to an end. Before the hour mark Pipa curled over the top right corner from range. A minute later with Klose upfield and out of position following stylish touches to support a City break, Anjorin sprinted clear through the right - the source of all our problems - and laid the ball into the box where Bentley stopped Ward down low. Anjorin would take a pot shot soon after that curled wide right. Into the final quarter of the match and Scott slammed way over from the edge of the box after Atkinson had probed down the left and Semenyo faced up defenders. Minutes later another wayward ball as DaSilva shanked a left wing cross wildly out of play after good work from Cundy and Tanner on the right. Idehen replaced Cundy and then Andy King for Klose - moving to 4 at the back - but the final 15 minutes were utterly forgettable in a match long since over as a contest. It wasn't until injury time Weimann chased a long ball and almost connected from six yards out, and next Martin fired over from 20 yards. In the final of 3 minutes added on suddenly chances at either end - Anjorin strode clean through with City flying into tackles, only to fire low beyond the far left hand post. Then at the other end Martin brilliantly held up a long ball and Weimann's smart lob over the defence put James in - only to volley over. Up against a team finishing in third and with six changes, this arguably showed both how close and how far away City are. Ultimately well beaten and anonymous to the second string of a promotion chaser; but equally an even game on balance of possession where the difference was our wayward final balls. Bentley 6 Klose 7 Cundy 6 Atkinson 7 DaSilva 5 Scott 5 James 5 Massengo 5 Weimann 5 Semenyo 5 Martin 6 Tanner 6 Idehen 6 King 5
  6. Mine too @AppyDAZE. Been to a couple of their games, started trying to get to one a season when City aren’t playing, saw them home to Airdrie in 2019 and home to Alloa a few months ago. Amazing story their rise from endless failure and the team under Stewart Petrie actually play some decent stuff. Am a nominal shareholder via their 500 draw too. Montrose is also just a stunning place, in a stunning location, it feels like an island backing onto the lake and trains arrive over water. There is also a pub with Gold on tap! Maybe I’ve lived in cities too much but the scenery is just off the charts. Pretty exhilarating going for a wander around the docks and beach to the ground. Here’s my NTTDS impression:
  7. I admire the Sky commentators dedication to hyperbole but “OHH THERE’S SOME ATMOSPHERE IN THIS PLACE NOW” as Bournemouth, 1-0 up and 7 minutes from the Premier League are all sat down and clapping politely.
  8. Finally got booked in the 87th minute after around 6 or 7 different offences vs Scott getting immediately booked first half the first time he even needed to attempt a tackle tracking back. It tells you everything you need to know about how abysmal refereeing has been at AG that basic inconsistency like this still qualifies (and it does) as much better than we've had all season.
  9. Olé

    Muppets

    I've got no problem with kids running on the pitch, but as others mentioned the first to do it were all middle aged blokes. Embarrassing doesn't begin to describe it. I don't go in for the OTIB S82 bashing who create most of the atmosphere in AG - but it was a lot who attach themselves to that corner who again made it all about them. Wait for the players to acknowledge them (always very important) then pile on and end it as a spectacle for everyone else - **** City fans elsewhere in the ground. Inevitably players packed the whole thing in well before most of the Dolman - and a lot of proper, season-long fans, especially those with kids, saw absolutely nothing. Myself I don't need to watch our players walk round the pitch but I was invited to show appreciation and stayed to do so, as City have transformed in recent weeks. If I'd known I was going to wait 10 minutes for them to get halfway round and our own fans turn it into a tinpot shambles, I'd have gladly had 15 minutes more in the boozer.
  10. It must be transformational to play alongside Weimann - he sets such a huge example on effort and application. Semenyo had a tendency to drift out of games or be less sure of his role, but he's relentless now and Weimann must help set that standard. Towards the end yesterday Idehen skewed a ball down the right channel and even Chris Martin gave chase somewhat optimistically! Martin has been about our most consistent player in the second half of the season where I thought he looked wasteful earlier in the campaign - again I've no doubt that Weimann's efforts make it much easier for Martin to thrive. I know this is a thread on Antoine, but when you look at how all these other pieces are enhanced and improve, Weimann will probably be the most outstanding and deserving POTS in my lifetime. There was some stuff like that before but all the well followed people who I assume are media commentators talk him up. I thought I saw a reference (via translate) in one tweet today to Germany as the farmers league but I might be mistaken. They talk about him more so than our mate Nketiah despite his form at Arsenal (though obviously he is not yet declared, and knowing him will change his mind just before the World Cup!)
  11. I hate to say this in respect of Bell, but there is no comparison. Benarous (like Scott) has a different level of composure and technical ability and therefore can look comfortable wherever he is played, even out of preferred position. Bell strikes me as someone like Wes Burns before him, who simply has a standout natural attribute (pace) but confidence will quickly get eroded in the wrong position. Doesn't mean he can't have a good career, borne out of hard work. @RedMis spot on. I want all our young players to thrive but I'm a nervous wreck watching him play now, he's always got a mistake in him, opponents pick on him, and I was also relieved when he went off. Could have been 2-2 before long.
  12. He'll be gone this summer I'm afraid. You'd have to be pretty optimistic to think he will still be with us next season given that he is likely to be playing for a reasonably major team at the World Cup Finals. He may even see a move as integral to his national team standing. You only have to look on Twitter at Ghanaian media and fans who rave about him each week and see him as the future of their side. I've also noticed recently Fenerbache fans are all on about signing him and this stuff normally gathers pace.
  13. Derby is a fantastic place to watch football and will be sorely missed (vs the Reading's and Watford's of this world). Disappointed you didn't get any photos of the walk to the ground alongside the river John - quite sunning scenery. Then peeling off the river path on the way back, coming up these stairs to some of the best away pubs in the land.
  14. One team already relegated, another with nothing to play for - of course this was the recipe for City's best performance of the season as Nigel Pearson's demand for the visitors to finish the season brightly found very little resistance from a much changed Derby side and Antoine Semenyo had his way with the strugglers in a one sided win. (Un)Remarkably this was the first time this season City won by more than one goal and it was fully deserved after a one sided first half as Weimann & Semenyo got in behind the defence repeatedly - to score twice in front of 1000 travelling fans. In the second, Derby picked on Sam Bell, got a goal, but Tim Klose's header made it more realistic. City were on top from the word go. After just 3 minutes Klose volleyed over from James' right wing free kick. Before 10 Weimann was sent away by Martin in the left channel and faced up the keeper before slamming home for his 20th of what must be one of the most brilliant individual seasons of any player. In front of away fans the visitors celebrated. Minutes later Weimann again got behind the disorganised hosts and got to the byline to force a corner. On 17 Chris Martin volleyed wildly over as City yet again broke, and the away side once more went at their hosts as make shift wing back Benarous toyed with defenders, shimmied to cross far post where Alex Scott went down holding his face. The teenager went off with a broken nose to be replaced by striker Sam Bell reprising his wing back role. Derby's best chance came midway through the half as they got behind from the right and slipped to the edge of the box to where Ravel Morrison sent a perfect curling shot goalwards only for teammate Cybulski to stick out a foot to divert well over. On 26 City, comfortable at the back, robbed the home side and Weimann strode away to feed Semenyo down the left who got right to the byline to cut back for Joe Williams who reprised his Blackburn goal winning miscue and sent a wayward volley out to the right - which was returned into the box to where Semenyo could not control under pressure. After a half hour Joe Williams powered over tackles and through midfield before setting Bell clear down the right and in on goal - yet his square ball was quickly cut out before Semenyo could finish. Minutes later the all action striker cut in from the right, teased defenders before slamming a low shot in on goal that deflected wildly away for a corner. Semenyo was the dangeman and within five minutes he had City's second. Robbing full back Nathan Byrne and racing clear again in the left channel, looking up for the square pass then choosing to rocket it into the far corner and wheel away toward the adjacent away fans. Two goals. One sided first half. In front of away fans. This was a rare treat. It might have been three as Semenyo flicked on and Martin sent Benarous down the left channel from where yet again his dangerous cross to the far post was headed behind for a corner. Before halftime Bentley needed to make a rare but stunning save from range from Morrison - while Semenyo in injury time stung keeper Allsop's hands from 25 yards. With City 2-0 ahead the second half was an altogether tamer experience although early on star man Semenyo tested the keeper yet again from range. But Derby were starting to combine well and City relied on in form Atkinson making crucial interceptions at the back - time and again inch perfect tackling to stop Derby advances before they started. Before the hour Benarous got down the left and fed Semenyo who screwed back to the edge of the box for Weimann to volley well wide. City could have been out of sight but stood off the next (first) well worked Derby attack down the right, offering no challenge as Ebiowei swung a cross over to the far post where Forsyth headed in unchallenged. On the hour there was an almost immediate answer, Weimann strode into space through the middle and put Semenyo clear on goal in the box but his shot facing down the keeper at the right post was deflected back for Bell to drill in on goal again, Weimann at the far post almost diverting the well angled shot in on goal with a speculative last gasp backheel. In a game City dominated by now it was all Derby and on the midway point of the half Ebiowei skipped past midfielders from our right and drove a decisive shot goalwards through a crowd but just past the post. And sub Bell was giving the ball away in terrible positions to compound a feeling a collapse was incoming despite City's dominance. Duncan Idehen came on for his City debut for Benarous with 20 left and again it was the visitors that went close - a nuisance all day Semenyo roared down the left channel and laid the ball off for Weimann to get to the byline and square the ball back where Semenyo fired past the post. No surprise also as Han Noah Massengo replaced Bell. Suddenly City had 3 - Massengo clattered on his first forray down the left and Matty James deep free kick swung into the box to where Tim Klose steered a decisive header into the far corner. In a minute the defender nearly teed up City's fourth - playing Martin down the left channel to funnel Massengo in and cut back for James to screw it wide. In the final ten minutes of exchanges a long ball saw Martin turn inside his marker and feed Semenyo who had just keeper to beat but fired straight at him. Before the end Joe Williams was replaced by Andy King and in what was Derby's last serious threat, debut man Idehen executed a perfect goal saving tackle in the box to deny a right wing incursion. So entertaining fare at Pride Park where City bossed most of the fixture against relegated opponents - highlighting an attacking threat led by Semenyo but also a comfortable last gasp defence evidenced by in form man of the match Atkinson who again looked head and shoulders above all around him. Three games to go, and our best of the season. Bentley 7 Klose 7 Atkinson 8 Cundy 7 Scott 6 Benarous 7 Williams 7 James 7 Weimann 7 Martin 7 Semenyo 8 Bell 4 Idehen 7 Massengo 6
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