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Moments of Pleasure

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  1. It's 40 years now, with one valid effort at getting back to the top. One in 40 seasons! That's poor. It's not like we're Burton Albion or Rotherham at this level. That said, SL has built a platform for us at this level now, from which a capable coach, given a bit of luck with injuries, should be able to get us into the play-offs, where we then have a shot at glory.
  2. We expect, at the very least, just a little bit more than might reasonably be expected. And, also, at the very least, just a little bit more, and a little bit better, than what we are right now. Like the vast majority of football fans. And exactly like Lee Johnson, Mark Ashton and Stephen Lansdown.
  3. A coach needs to get the job done quickly - ie, gain promotion - because if he doesn't, he will be selling his best player or players every summer and "starting again," with all the challenges that entails. It’s a bit of a vicious circle.
  4. It was after losing dismally to Blackburn, that LJ said we must be "world class" at the basics, in the Championship. Four weeks later, we are "dreadful at the basics" against a modest L1 team. Are the coaches able to identify problems and rectify them, or just identify them?
  5. I reckon LJ will be here next season. The injuries - to Afobe, Kalas, Nagy, JD - have been significant enough to warrant some leniency from SL. Add to this not getting Eddie (assuming that was not LJ's fault/responsibility). It might be one last chance/season, though: play-offs, or piss off. Five seasons without once making the top six, even SL will clock that it's just not happening. Thing is, if Lee sneaks us into sixth next season, we lose at the semi stage, and Steve thinks: we're getting there. It's on. And so we go again. With Lee. Until 2023.....
  6. I would think it is because the players are low on confidence, that the tactics appear to be lacking
  7. For one game, yes. But for 46? If in 2017, you are saying: it's the players (Tomlin, particularly), not the coach, And in 2018, you are saying: it's the players (Flint, Bryan and Reid knew they were off, and so ..... it was them), not those with overall responsibility for those players And still, in 2020, four years on, you are saying: it's the players, not those above them, Then, guess what you're going to be saying in 2021? And 2022? And beyond, should we find ourselves falling short. The players change, but the problem is still the players? Then get some more players is the answer?
  8. We thank you for your opinions, we respect them, we look forward to the next ones, and keep twatching, mate
  9. We have tended to win those games, though, and lose the ones we have more than 50% possession, certainly of late. It might be that the opposition score early, then sit back and let us have the ball (when we lose) and something like the reverse when we win. There was something at the weekend in a paper about Bournemouth up to late November / early December, when they were doing well, and since then when they have gone to bits. The poor run has seen their possession of the ball, and number of passes go up, quite noticeably, compared to their early good form (when they had the ball less, and made fewer passes).
  10. Haha. My earworm and top tune right now is Bombay Bicycle Club's "Everything Else Has Gone Wrong" .....
  11. Absolutely. See you there, Saturday
  12. Where is the fella on this forum upsetting himself last year (was it?) when we "only" took whatever we took to West Brom midweek, insisting Rovers would take more blah blah blah? Where are you????!!!! Rovers have been there a couple of times now, St. Andrews, Brum in a cup replay, and Cov in LeagueNowhere, and as we told upset bloke on the West Brom thread, the numbers tend to drop off after a few visits in a shortish time. Same for us, same for them. Same for most clubs, other than the biggest. Context is important. Minus context, we can say: we took 1300 further away last night, they took 300. Therefore, we are MASSIVE. Actually, that's what they would be doing, so why don't we? City: 1300, Rovers: 300. Conclusion: We are MASSIVE, they are tinpot.
  13. A way around this "stale" problem is to change all the players, often. Other than Brownhill and Korey, his two loyal adherents, who has been here much more than 18 months? Pato, but we tried moving him on. Fam is one, but Lee was intent on pushing him to the margins. Afobe, or Eddie would've been part of his "strongest XI" this season; LJ has been unlucky with those two (as well as other injuries, Kalas and JD). He identified an upgrade on Fam as a priority for this season, and has been left with Fam for most of the first half of the season. Rotten luck, yes; more rotten luck than LJ can cope with/overcome, yes.
  14. The opposite of love is not hate, it is leaving the Dolman on 82 minutes. ST holders that don't turn up at all, buying no food or drink, leaving an empty red seat, for a third of a season, will rattle Steve more than being mean, and horrible, and beastly to Lee. The power of passive aggression! The indifference instead of hate thing is a bit too subtle/passive for many though, sadly....
  15. Brentford do the same, mate. We sold Webster last summer, Brentford sold Maupay and Konsa to PL clubs. We are wasteful, and profligate. On and off the pitch.
  16. Two, really, unless Fam scores about nine on Saturday
  17. It might not have meaning, but as 29 says, it has revenue. Liverpool at home means money plus profile.
  18. It was a fib (forgive me), it's two seasons, but don't tell Hampshire! Whereas some are far too negative, and need to see that things ain't so bad, others are a bit too jolly and uncritical, and could do with waking up a bit. I used to use the "we've improved four seasons on the bounce" thing myself but now think this is a bit spurious. The first two seasons in the Championship were a failure, a fiasco at times, and left a lot of scope for "improvement," as did finishing 12th in L1 in 2014. In 2016, it was impossible to not finish higher than in 2015, in the 92, even if we finished 24th and were relegated. I now take the view that, under Lee, we have "improved" for the previous two seasons - 17/18, 18/19 - and not in 16/17 when we finished one place higher, fought off relegation again, and set a new club record for successive league defeats. I don't suppose Hampshire will agree. I think the correct list for 3 consecutive seasons of "improvement" is: Sheff Utd Luton Lincoln Posh Pompey Tranmere Wycombe Cheltenham Crewe Macclesfield Salford City And, technically, us (if we include 2016/17).
  19. Full seasons, just the same as us, finishing higher each year (2017, 2018, 2019). Two exceptions being Villa, and another I forget, who finished either the same but we're promoted via the play-offs the second time, or like Villa, who finished 4th in '18, but lost in the play offs, then 5th in '19 and going up via the play-offs. I was surprised, perhaps like Hampshire Red will be, that so many other clubs have been doing this too. It's a bit of "perspective" for him/her, at least. As all of us will need, from time to time, wherever we stand on LJ, Bristol City, the universe...
  20. No - you don't think so? City and Lee, and Steve and Mark blazing a trail in this, you say? Well, Wolves have done so. But that doesn't count, they are huge, they have billions, Nuno's beard, etc etc But, Sheffield United, they have improved 3 years in succession, like Wolves, and us. Buying L1 players. And spending peanuts, like us. But not Wolves. And Aston Villa. They have improved 3 years on the trot too. As indeed have Charlton Athletic, and Luton Town. And Nottm Forest, too. But it doesn't end there. The list goes on. Would you care to see the full list of clubs who, like us, have put together three successive years of League position improvement? Yes?! Here goes then: Accrington Stanley! Blackpool Doncaster Gillingham, Lincoln, Posh and Pompey. Tranmere. And Wycombe. And Cheltenham. And Crewe and Forest Green. And Macclesfield. Mansfield. They've done it, as well as us. As have Newport County. And Salford City. You could've been more wrong ....... .... but not by much. Never mind, we all have our slightly warped way of seeing things, all of us. You are the same as all of us on here, and down AG: prone to bias, and not always in touch with reality. No shame in that. Up the City!
  21. I think the Corbyn election fiasco fandango was a hammer blow to GrahamC, and not one he saw coming, either, and will have likely prolonged his absence from this place, as he takes time to lick his wounds, and perhaps see the error of his, if not ways, then political views as all Corbynisti reflect on a bruising defeat ....
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