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  1. I can't remember many seasons where we have been competing to achieve the top tier in the 30 years I've been watching us? 3 maybe? I agree with the sentiment... we probably won't... I mean there are a lot of teams aiming for the top 6... some are better than us... so even if we make it there are better teams so it is definitely unlikely... but that makes it exciting no? Say we were 17th? That would be non exciting... it's the chance to do something really good that spurs us on... and we have that chance...
  2. The way I think... so when we got promoted the first thing was survival. Then progression. Teams like derby, sheff weds, forest were almost the benchmark. Strong championship sides that were competing at the right end of the table. Now we have done that and realise that getting up to the next stage takes considerable investment and stronger calibre throughout. This can be done by improving what we have by coaching or replacing. Those we have had young that improved have been sold... Reid Bryan and some of the others arent quite consistent enough. E.g. Moore, semenyo and the likes so are developing elsewhere while we assess them. It's a fine balance though because we are in the middle so investing in players like wells kalas etc that try and improve is for now. So we arent good enough yet all round... have potential in young players... and are trying to buy the right players to fill these ains. It ain't easy but also not as simple as not good enough coaching imo
  3. In your opinion... Is this based on us losing to the top two in the league? Have you seen his coaching? Found yesterday frustrating because of the sloppy mistakes made rather than endeavour and organisation. I see a lot of players improve so I'm not sure he can't coach. You can see we are a different level to how we have been for years... the biggest worry for me in terms of coaching is defending together. It seems sometimes that we are too easily caught out... but loads of progress considering the players turnaround..
  4. How can you tell of interest that the team doesn't look like improving? Wouldn't you think with a new spine signed in January that the more they play and train together that they will improve?
  5. So stats... we have poor home form? We are undoubtedly not getting as many points as we would like but p16 w7 d4 L5 gives over 1.5 points per game... The thing that gets me is away from home... the top 5 home records in the championship are Fulham (we won) Preston (drew) cardiff (won... their only defeat at home) Brentford (draw) and derby (win)... so the toughest places to visit we have W3 D2 and lost none... Feels like we have been struggling for goals but we are the third highest scorers in the league. We are clear at the top of the last 8 games form table with 18 points Also we have won exactly half of our away games... incredible when you consider we have only scored 2 more than we have conceded in those 16 games. All interesting to note... especially whilst making a profit from transfers itro 14m... in the top 5 net profit in the league... The game today based on stats vs leeds should give us around a 35% chance of winning... (2/1 ish chance) yet we are 8/1... So... there is a lot to be positive about even if the main stat (7th place) isn't what we all crave.
  6. Must just be me but I'm going and looking forward to it. Always good to see city play... I agree we dont really know what we shall be served up but isn't that the attraction of support. The morale feels low despite being in such a promising position in the table. It's a great chance for three points and its sure that everyone there will be willing us to victory. I've been to games when we are in much worse shape than this. If people can afford to then getting out and supporting tomorrow will help us to victory... coyr
  7. Thanks for the insightful response. Glad you added to the debate. I am afraid that we knew we needed better firepower and signed someone successful at this level. I'm not sure if we would have done so badly (being a point off the play offs) had afobe remained fit. I'm really disappointed to have gone out but I honestly believe that it can be forgiven.
  8. Is it his fault afobe was injured?
  9. Our position... 7th. League average attendance we are 9th. League turnover we are around 11th. It seems we are over achieving. Danny wilson football was similar... some exciting football mixed in with a whole bunch of dirge. It's very similar. Style had to change this season. Our identity is to work hard... press high and be strong in transition with good footballers on the break. It's no coincidence that our away form is better than home. Although we are also pretty effective at home if we score first making teams come out at us. Lee Johnson has consistently improved us and deserves the opportunity to keep taking us forward. We all knew we needed a striker this season and we signed one who was proven at this level and we know how that ended up. I expect us to again sort this out in January although we know players come at a premium. I would like to remind some that the last time in this league we started languishing mid table we sacked our manager and subsequently got relegated. For me its keep the young players developing, we have a lot of exceptional potential. Take the rough with the smooth and accept that it's a game of football, 11 players trying to beat us and stop us as we do them each week. So quit this until we have to see we arent moving forward any longer and enjoy supporting bcfc in potentially their best phase in the clubs history Amen
  10. At the moment we are challenging... it's a miracle really considering we sold our best players last couple of years... and afobe could clearly have been a massive help... but being out injured means we are behind previous years in the squad. So that we are 7th is amazing... there are a lot of teams in the mix and with the chance of signing a potential game changer in January all is still to play for... seriously I could hack this if we were 17th
  11. What's that song about make me happy that is currently doing the rounds? Cant pick it up as half deaf...
  12. If clapping for a minute helps a family or person to feel that someone they loved is remembered, appreciated and cared about by everyone who shares the community then I would clap every game. Quite surprised people find it such a hardship tbh
  13. Diedhiou gets stick... hunt gets some... there are two bits to this imo... 1 1. Giving stick... fixed mindset but some. The decision is made that said player will not ever be good enough. Every opportunity to point out to others that this mindset is correct is taken. 2. Having an opinion on ability... reasoned judgement that a player can be improved upon. That their strengths are not strong enough and the weaknesses outweigh them. My personal opinion... think both players I mentioned are very committed to the club. I never see any of them not giving everything. Hunt... has some great games where he delivers outstanding crosses, I also think he is solid as a defender. The last game at home he miscontrolled about 5 balls to him and lost possesion which was frustrating. He gets caught out of position a lot but that is to be expected if he is to be playing high up the pitch. Famara... always works hard... excellent defensively... even on Tuesday night at derby he was winning balls in and around our penalty area and helping the team. Its frustrating sometimes when he misses chances you think he would score. Important to remember he has been isolated up front. Afobe appears to have hit the ground running and may well be an 'upgrade' but let's remember we have been steadily building as a club for a few years now and starting to add more proven quality in a bid to hit the top spots in our league.
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