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  1. Belief.......Ooooh That Feels Nice

    I think this is a massive point. Forest - 18 years since last in the premier league. Derby - 9 years..... Ipswich - 15 years..... Reading - 4...... and so on. Yes it would be nice to do a 'Huddersfield' and fast track promotion, to a certain extent, but the reality is, as you say, we should be content with doing the right things off the pitch and settling in for potentially many, many years trying to get out the Championship.
  2. Belief.......Ooooh That Feels Nice

    It is posts like this that 'scare' me. People who swing from one end of the spectrum to another, inevitably quickly swing back. OTIB is on a kind of knife edge at the moment. I'm sure others feel it. Will we keep up this form, or will we fall away, again.....then....... Don't get me wrong, i'm positive about the start, and felt positive about this season in the summer, but I think some people are beginning to get too carried away. If you read the opinions of some, we've gone from 'one of the lowest points as a club, no direction, a owner who only appoints his mates, who happens to be the worse manager in our history, whose Dad is interfering with our club and a squad of players who want to leave' etc etc etc to literally only a few months later 'having the most exciting and unified squad we've had for as long as many can remember, and an exciting, ever learning young manager who has given us a clear style and is the "real deal", oh and thanks to our owner for having the balls and vision, and money, now we have a real chance to do something in this league' etc etc etc. How is that possible? In a few months. Anyway, I guess what i'm saying is - expectation, and a dose of level headedness right now. Because, what I see, is slowly, slowly, post by post, expectations rising this season. And rising too quickly IMO. We've quickly gone from "i'd take fourth from bottom this season now with LJ in charge" to "i'd be happy mid-table" to "we should kick on in this league now" to "we should beat Bolton, no problems"......which will inevitably turn into talk about the playoffs and all of a sudden not finishing in the top 6 will be a huge waste, given LJ has spent £25m, after all. Maybe we should just all enjoy the ride so far, and if we all stay calm when we lose a few, i'll be happy to eat these words.
  3. Opinions, as I said before, I'd like to see the game again, i'll try and watch him, but my instincts watching today make me think your 5 and your analysis is a little harsh today, as I feel he won more headers than anyone else in attack and held the ball up more than anyone today as well, IMO. I remember thinking a number of times he got himself about well and looked to give an outlet, a few times out wide. Certainly not his most effective game, don't get me wrong. Things may have improved with Taylor, but I don't think it was because he was stronger or necessarily put more pressure on defenders, it was his movement opening up space.
  4. Of course all opinions. I guess if it's your opinion that that's Famara's main purpose in the team, to hold up the ball, then you will judge him mainly on that. I think it's not and he is linking up better every game. Equally Leko, Bobby and Matty had the ball into feet a number of times today and it didn't stick. Thought he held up the ball several times today, certainly won a number of flick on's. I'd like to watch the game again and see the again.
  5. Next 5 League Games

    A great return, but it will be slightly soured if we don't get the three points against Bolton, no disaster, but the point today will feel much better for three on Tuesday....
  6. Think 5 for Famara is harsh. For me influenced the game as least as much as Bobby did while he was on, so at least a 6. Seemed to win a lot in the air today, and had one sublime moment of skill controlling the ball out the air, turning and sending a pass across to Bobby in a good position, who should have done better. Thought Bobby was more wasteful today, personally.
  7. Not vintage by any means, but a solid draw....
  8. Have we under estimated LJ ?

    Yes I was referring to him turning things around after Steve, as well as last season. Of course some credit has to be given to JP, but major credit also goes to LJ for keeping us in the division, when under SC it looked like we were all but doomed. To clarify though, i'm not saying LJ's been underestimated, just thought it was interesting that someone posts something along the lines of 'i'll judge after he turns a losing run around' when he has had a hand in doing it twice already at the club.
  9. Have we under estimated LJ ?

    I'd say judging a manager who has 80 games for us over an 8 game losing run is pretty short sighted.
  10. Have we under estimated LJ ?

    You mean like he has done twice already for us? One time mainly of his own making admittedly but another of someone else's.

    Taking nothing away from Pack, Smith and Brownhill, but i'd be looking for a classy game changing centre mid, especially going forwards.
  12. Palace at Home

    Palace's games before we play them: Man City - away Man United - away Chelsea - home Newcastle - away Us - away West Ham - home Spurs - away Looking at those fixtures they could well arrive in Bristol still bottom of the league with 0 points needing to very much focus on the two London derby's that follow. Good opportunity.
  13. 90 minute performances

    Momentum. Togetherness. Energy. Fitness and Recovery. Hard work and Preparation. Belief. All the buzz words. And some luck.
  14. 3 defeats in last 23

    Well you mentioned the play offs! Far too early for that.
  15. When to accept your 5m striker is misfiring?

    This thread is going to be dragged out every time he scores. I wonder if Famara can make some kind of OTIB record and keep it on the first few pages for the whole season?! Could well be in the classics soon.....