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Moments of Pleasure

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  1. Thought you might click on this one, Dave! He has been to a & e initially - this was the end of November - given exercises to do, told 4 to 8 weeks, then a physio who ok'd a return to non-contact training, only for his knee to swell up at first exertion last week. It was the outside ligament on the knee, not the ACL, I believe. Only the lowest grade/mildest sprain. It's just taking forever and I wondered what else was possible to aid recovery, beyond the typical strengthening exercises prescribed. He's 14 so has not quite focussed on this sufficiently so it might be simply doubling his efforts of doing lunges, squats etc. I'm wondering if writing off the rest of this season might be best now, looking longer term. I know you're an old crock now and have mentioned your knees before
  2. That's a great point, and yes, he is already feeling pretty forlorn, not being one of the lads going through all the highs and lows on matchday. I keep saying to him "this is what top pros go through" and that it's a part of elite level sport you don't always see (as a kid), not sure this helps much. You do worry/feel for Benik, what he has endured. He reckons his legs are wasting away, too, so incentive there to do the strengthening exercises (if only for aesthetic / vanity reasons!) Some great replies, thanks everyone.
  3. It would appear there are no short cuts. And that sprawling on the couch playing video games ain't going to bring about a swift return to the fray (for my 14 year old).
  4. Fam'd be burying these chances. He'd be on for a first half hat trick against this shower...
  5. Cheers, chaps. Was cycling a professional recommendation Sir Geoff, or your own solution?
  6. What can you do to heal a knee ligament injury - what happens at pro level (asking for a friend, well, my lad actually), I think it'll be more than exercises to strengthen the muscles around the ligaments, as directed by physiotherapy. What do our lot do up Failand when they've torn a knee ligament - anyone know?
  7. Dictionary definition of "need:" require something because it is essential or very important rather than desirable On that basis I think we "need" a pacy, clinical goalscorer, and a win Tuesday; they "need" - well, where do we start?
  8. Some people/supporters are really very straightforward and uncomplicated: We win, and they are happy/content (they won't be all over this forum all night); we don’t win, and they are miserable, not satisfied, and going to be moaning like **** until we next win.
  9. I think what has happened is that we have steadily clawed our way up this division, building our strength gradually and accumulating a competitive squad through some hit and miss trading, and we now look at the teams from 4th to 14th and think: they're not all that, or we don’t suffer too much by comparison to them. Not now. When we arrived in the Championship in 2015, and again the following season, the standard of the top half clubs looked to be daunting, dauntingly beyond our reach. But, we survived four years ago, we improved bit by bit, and now we are in the mix, at least for finishing 6th. And so, it is tempting to think: the standard is poor (because we are keeping pace with most of the frontrunners). It must be, if we are in with a chance, again, while performances have been pretty ordinary (thing is, for Wigan away recently, that was us four years ago: nothing between the teams only one had a bit of quality up front to actually score). As others have said, there is not much between the top half clubs below the top two. Much of a muchness. It's all up for grabs. Small margins will come into play. Luck with injuries too. And as we head toward the final third of the season, the steady hand, experience and been-there-and-done-it steely eyed assurance of the respective head coaches/managers. I think some are upset because in December we beat third placed Fulham at their place, and the second half of the season looked improbably exciting and full of possibility. Finally, this time, surely we are going to .... etc, etc. Now, we have fallen away, and it looks to many more like a repeat of the last two seasons, where we get into a great position, then fall away when the heat is on. There are signs and reasons to remain hopeful and optimistic, or fearful and a bit gloomy. Or all four, even.
  10. He was at Crystal Palace, Dave. That's a joke, Dave. Like me other post, Dave.
  11. ....we had just been promoted. And were about to sign Dwight Gayle.....
  12. There are no hard games either then? If there are no easy games, then every game must be equally challenging? A nonsense, sir! True, but Luton at home, if that wasn't easy like Sunday morning, then what is? They left their gloves in Luton, never mind laying one on us. It's too easy to say: there are no easy games. I don't suppose Preston found us anything other than easy when beating us 5 nil (ie, some teams beat themselves, with one bad apple undermining the whole team; and some are beaten before they get off the coach, etc). Burnley at their place, 0:4, that was men v boys. Remember, one definition of "easy" is: presenting few difficulties. Think of "easy" like this, and it is not impossible to recall occasions when City have been very easy and comfortable fodder for other sides in this division. Is it not better to say there are very few easy games? Or, better still: some games (Luton at home) are easier than other games (West Brom away), but you only can know this for certain in hindsight.
  13. Lincoln scout polenta? What tobacco factory you talking about, Knighty? Tell me about it. All bloody "geek" to me, mate
  14. Bielsa is an upgrade on Hockaday, perhaps we can agree on that. It might be a coincidence that Leeds are looking as likely to return to the top under the internationally renowned Bielsa as they have with any of their other coaches/managers since dropping out of the top division 16 years ago; or it might not be a coincidence. We can argue that one all year and find no common ground. Is LJ closer to/more of a Bielsa, or a Hockaday? Or smack bang in the middle of the two?
  15. We are trying, honestly, but it's, er, confusing. Sometimes.
  16. I would imagine that for "DNA" no-one we have signed recently would've scored higher than CO'D.
  17. Not wildly unrealistic, no, but it is unrealistic. It is a thought emerging from your imagination, and therefore not reality. You will recall how Weimann started last season, then dried up for months on end. If Weimann had got injured in early September last season, many on here would be saying exactly the same as you are saying about Afobe and this season. As @mozo remreminds us, above. Like so much with football and Bristol City, we just do not know, and are left to make educated or not so educated guesses.
  18. Geoff Dunford's electric milk float has been in the garage, I think - his milk float brings all the gas to the mem
  19. For us to go up from this division, I cannot help thinking we are going to need good fortune - having a dream summer recruitment window, akin to 2014; our key/best players playing 40 plus league games; referees seeing things our way; opposition goalies diving the wrong way during penalty shoot-outs; teams around us unexpectedly losing to relegation certainties; Leeds Utd doing a Devon Loch for the umpteenth season in a row, etc etc - probably more luck than we are ever going to get, in reality
  20. Because Mark Ashton is rubbish. Or because Lee Johnson is. It's one or the other. Hang on while I plough through the reams of stuff on who is responsible and I will get back to you. With the answer. Once and for all. (I think it's Ashton now, though. Probably )
  21. There is a lot of division generally everywhere you look nowadays, away from football. The internet exacerbates it, keeps it going, 24/7. People are more impatient and irritable (source? The Internet!), more dissatisfied, more quickly, more angry and furious, about anything and everything. It's a wonder the crowd are as mild and quietly supportive as they, you could also say.
  22. Well, you are looking forward to this one...
  23. Top half/12, yes. Top 8/third, like last season, with a fit Afobe, should be. Top 6, not looking like it. Top 2, don't be silly!
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