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  1. Leeds not won since boxing day, and worse form team.

    Not sure how they’ve worked those dates out, but unless I’ve made a mistake, Saiz is Still suspended. 6 games after Newport: Ipswich - Millwall - Hull - Cardiff - Sheff Utd - City. Likewise the other two are also serving the last game of their bans against us. Baker is also on the last game of his ban.
  2. Ashton confirms that we are not chasing promotion

    Plus the, I imagine at least, £40m war chest we would have should we sell Flint, Bryan and Reid.
  3. The Run In

    Interesting post @ollywhyte. Of course there are if’s and but’s - but right now we are looking at teams around and below us. Fulham and Preston have both been on good runs, especially Fulham, has their form been skewed by the fact they’ve had an ‘easier’ run now up to now but now have tougher run in’s? Will they keep those runs going? The slight problem with your formula though I guess is that several of the teams at the bottom will start upping their games now as they fight for their lives - (Bolton just took 4 points from City and Fulham) but I guess that’s offset by the midtablers with less to play for.
  4. O'Dowda NOT out for the season

    Interesting...strange, still no official line from the club which doesn’t help! I think he is probably one of those guys who looks small and like he is wasting away in baggier clothes, but is actually quite ripped. I mean with the best nutrition and personal trainers available, they should be!
  5. O'Dowda NOT out for the season

    Odd that isn’t it? Maybe that’s the clubs offical line, throw other teams off the scent, scouting wise and also take the pressure off Callum for his return time frame? Certainly looks like in those photos and tweets he is making good progress, but didn’t @spudski see him limping around on crutches a few weeks ago too?!
  6. O'Dowda NOT out for the season

    This tweet was 2 weeks ago today. And another yesterday - Callum O'Dowda‏Verified account @CallumODowda Feb 11 More Replying to @BelieveRissc Thank you, I'm making good progress. And very much looking forward to getting back on the pitch. https://twitter.com/CallumODowda/status/962600397956362240
  7. Time for some straight talk...!

    Yes absolutely, hopefully we turn it into a positive though and use it as incentive. After the last few games, I think a few of these players have points to prove.
  8. Time for some straight talk...!

    I'm not so sure about this and one of the reasons despite our slump we are still in the top 6. Preston, Sheff Utd and Brentford have only won 2 of their last 6, Boro 3 - so no-one is flying up behind us. But given the next 6 games for Fulham (Villa, City, Wolves, Derby, Sheff Utd, Preston) things could change a lot in the top 8 over the next month or so.
  9. Time for some straight talk...!

    Well we know the policy is to buy to 'add value' in it's simplest terms. Where the player comes from doesn't matter. We've had success from France with Kodjia and now Famara. Lois Diony has trodden a similar path to them. Too soon to say if he will work out, he has divided opinion to say the least, but 2 out 3 so far isn't too bad on French forwards. Villa, Derby and Cardiff have all 'splashed out' on more high profile forwards, for at least one of those three teams the gamble won't pay off with promotion this year. What City are trying to do is more sustainable and simply put, we can't afford the wages, £20, 30k per week that the likes of Grabban and Jerome are on. I suspect the rumours were true and we were in for Hugill and willing to pay big, but £10m from a promotion rival was a worse deal than £8-10m from a premier league club.
  10. Fulham

    Their next 6 games: Villa - home City - away Wolves - home Derby - away Sheff Utd - home Preston - away We'll soon find out how good they are, what a run of games.....
  11. Time for some straight talk...!

    I think all too often some fans have an attitute of “we are 4th, they are 18th, we should beat them”. We beat Man Utd, we should beat most teams in this league. It is very very easy to forget these guys are not machines. They make mistakes. They have good games, they have bad games. There are so many variables going on ‘behind the scenes’ that we don’t know about. Fitness, general conditioning, personal issues, opposition(!) etc etc. Too often we think if a player isn’t at their best, they’re clearly not trying hard enough. Having said that - although I can see LJ wants to have a smaller squad and respect the players that got us this far, I’m of the opinion you’re right here, and we probably should have strengthened a little more in January than we did, for the reasons you said above. Not necessary the Jermone’s, Grabben’s or Madine’s but more depth. But that is done now and too late, so we have what we have. We are going about things the right way. We have a system that will bring success. Maybe not this year, but in the years to come. I firmly believe that LJ and the board wouldn’t see another year or two in the Championship a failure in anyway.
  12. Diony

    Or perhaps you just talk shit sometimes?! And if you’re referring to Nick J as someone who knows “things”....ha, yeah well, you’re backing up my point for me. Either way, I fail to see what this has to do with anyone else or any agenda's that you seem to want to create for me. I challenge what people say sometimes, doesn't mean I have an agenda. What you said about Diony didn't stack up, IMO, why you take it so personally, I think is actually your problem. You preach like it's gospel, you told me Magnussen and Reid wanted out would leave in the summer for example. Don't be so offended if people on a forum don't automatically believe everything you say.
  13. Where will we finish now?

    Why do we all feel the need to do this guessing where we will be in 3 months time? This time last year you were all guessing that we were dead and buried, relegated and heading for administration under the clueless guidance of SL...... We are still in the top 6. Form goes up and down. Momentum swings one way then the other. Stop the predicting and guessing, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN - enjoy the fact that we are having a great season, get behind the boys and help get some W's back on the board.
  14. Top 6, no chance.

    To be honest, yes gutting to only get 1 point from Bolton and Sunderland - but in reality 6 points from those two games with 0 from Leeds and Fulham is worse than 1 from them and 6 from Leeds and Fulham. These are the key games now and where we are after those two will be a clearly reflection of our form going forwards.
  15. Diony

    Well apparently he was going to start today, which I couldn't believe before the game and after that 45 minutes i'm even more sure I was right. Famara and Reid were excellent - only a knock to Bobby took him out the second half. Diony needs more time.
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