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Moments of Pleasure

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  1. Yes, maybe. I think that is what he was probably doing, until that Preston game. By that stage it became a choice between: continue with this approach and be relegated, or be done with Tomlin and save the team and the season. After Preston that April, there were 6 games left and we were 21st and one point above the drop.
  2. We've had all that every game this season. And we're in the play-offs.
  3. It still surprises me that Warnock bought him, he must've had some idea what was going on with Tomlin here. But that is recruitment. Warnock is a "superior" man - manager, this is patently clear.
  4. There was a clear distinction between the way they both handled Tomlin, with Warnock swiftly seeing LT for what he was and relegating Tomlin to a sub, then barely involved at all, then shipped out on loan at the first opportunity in January, and Cardiff's promotion campaign rattled on regardless; Tomlin was never going to derail Warnock. Whereas LJ kept giving Tomlin chances, put out that embarrassing interview about them "having a chuckle at the suggestion they had fallen out," hoping he would "play ball" and behave, comply, culminating in the 0:5 debacle at Preston in April, at which point we were staring relegation in the face. Only then, with about 6 games left to save our skins, did LJ finally act decisively and pick Taylor instead, and choose team harmony over individual ability. Tomlin almost got us relegated. That is the difference between Warnock and LJ. That is "superior management." No doubt, a very valuable learning opportunity for LJ though.
  5. It's interesting that you ask. Not being privy to training ground form and the nuances of team harmony and individual relationships and what goes on up Failand and so on, and not knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the Sheff Utd defence and the most likely way to cause them problems, it would be foolish of me to take up your invitation. I am surprised that you ask such a question.
  6. I dunno about cidered abroad, but I can smell midtable this Monday lunchtime.
  7. Let's hope people are right and he is the best CB we've had in years, if not the best ever. If they are correct, then Sheffield Utd at home, West Brom away and Villa at home amongst other upcoming fixtures are excellent opportunities to demonstrate this.
  8. Excellence would involve scoring, to my way of thinking. The worry for me is, go behind against one of the better sides and become "rattled" like we did yesterday, and we'll be recovering more than a one goal deficit. But this is being picky - for now, the sun is shining, we've won three in a row and we can look forward with a little hope and optimism. Until the next game, at least.
  9. LJ's start to this season? I will sum it up in one word for you: "increasingly encouraging."
  10. Matty Taylor: a Championship pest, a L1 first touch, a ginger beard and a Conference price tag.
  11. News Flash: Chelsea have better defenders than Bristol City. Shock, horror. More on this later..... What a blessing "Bakes" and "Bails" were crocked while the loan window was still open.
  12. Cripes. I was already thinking it'll be really, really, really, really tough but tougher than that, you say?
  13. No. That big budget of their's not enough on it's own to see off diddly Brentford. And Sheffield Utd making light work of "bigger budget" Aston Villa today. Yet more reminders that over 90 minutes, it is 11 v. 11, and that with a spot-on attitude eleven blokes pulling together can achieve surprising results.
  14. It really doesn't matter one little bit where you are in the division in the first week of September. Not in the slightest. What does matter, is being top or second after Christmas, going into the New Year. Er.....
  15. So, definitively, unquestionably,from the horses mouth, books improved Joe Bryan as a footballer and turnt him into a PL player, not Lee Johnson. One for the Johnson haters there.
  16. We do! It's the singing, and camping at hotels, we don't like so much!
  17. What did Inter have for breakfast, Tin?
  18. It's a long time until the next triumph/disaster, can you not post something lively and contentious and incendiary to get our argumentative juices flowing while we await Sunday?
  19. I reckon this is a lot to do with it. Football has moved away from it's humble origins and it is very much now a part of the wider "entertainment" culture, and people "know their rights" nowadays and are not slow to complain where they think they are being short-changed. Everything in football now is inflated/ramped up/super-charged: the cost of tickets, the players wages, the investment needed for success, the media coverage, the glittering palaces that go for grounds nowadays, the expectations, the reaction to disappointment, the polished self-publicity clubs put out, the opportunity to complain and criticise. Losing doesn't sit well with much of that other than the last! Football has gone down the "customer" route, and moved away from the "supporter" tradition of the game, and cannot be too surprised if and when some people respond to poor results more like 21st century customers than 1950s supporters.
  20. This is mentioned a lot on here. But we don't know what would've happened if AD had been fired - we might never have been promoted, but we don't know that. Nobody knows what would then have happened, we might have been better: we might have gone up in 1975, or 1974. We might've gone up in '76 and done a bit better. We could have gone on to be Champions of England. Imagine that AD was fired in late '74, early '75 and we had nipped in ahead of Nottm Forest and appointed unemployed Brian Clough? We might have gone up anyway and been playing in Europe in 1982, rather than up The Shay. Who can say? Dicks or someone else, in '75 we still had Gow, Ritchie, Cheesley, Collier, Tainton, Merrick et al. (I know: if my aunty had your uncle's cojones. ... it's a rainy afternoon)
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