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Everything posted by RedRock

  1. Have no fear, it’ll be sorted in January. The colossus Pato will be back from Derby. Plus we can add DaSilva, who won’t be bombarded with high long balls specifically targeted at him because that wouldn’t be fair. Then, of course, Smith will be back fully up to speed and back in the first team. Lummydaze. Quite how LJ has been allowed to build a squad of ‘mini-mes’ is beyond me.
  2. Been saying it for years. Ever since LJ was appointed. To break out of the Championship you need ‘power players’ and a ‘power team’. Easiest way is to bring in plus 6 footers, who are physical specimens, real athletes with good skill sets and who are mentally prepared to get stuck in, impose themselves and win their battles across the pitch. My fear with LJ is that he falls into the typical managers trap. He’s modelled the midfield on himself. He’s bought in way too many lightweights, small in stature, weak mentally. The ‘busy achieving nothing’ /‘ impact 1 game in 5’ sorts. Occasionally, all the lightweights will click and perform to the top of their game and we look world-beaters. There is a reason why we are so inconsistent as the lightweights frequently go missing, get out battled by more powerful opponents. We may occasionally go on a run looking world-beaters but the next slump is always just around the corner. It’s salvageable. You look at Joe and Bobby. They went over a summer break on their own fitness regime and bulked up. Both left quickly to better things (at the time). If I were LJ, I’d be saying to the likes of CoD, Bakinson, Walsh, Morrell, Brownie, Nagy and Hano get off to the fitness trainer that Joe/Bobby worked with 3 days a week and bulk up and get some extra power and bulk. Maybe the rugby coaches could help! Not a great deal you can do about height - just need to buy in some larger specimens to supplement what we have. My fear is LJ is just too stubborn to accept he’s wrong.
  3. Think it was Rowett who said on TV at one of our live matches that Palmer was lazy. In terms of motivation you couldn’t need more than that to ram words down an opposition manager’s throat. The player’s response is.........
  4. Considering we’ve won bugger all ......ever... our support is fantastic.
  5. Was there a fire alarm? CoD seems in a rush to go somewhere unconnected to the man on the ball or, indeed, the football match. Perhaps Leeds or Notts Forest had phoned his agent?
  6. RedRock

    Tommy Rowe

    As virtually every player has had an ‘accolade’ thread in the last week, can I just mention our Tommy, the largely forgotten man? One of the less celebrated arrivals in the Summer (together with our 3rd keeper/coach who seems to have performed a magnificent job on Bents). How important a signing has that turned out to be! Magnificent. Thrown in to a relatively unfamiliar position at Championship level and has not at all looked out of place. Decent defensively and a threat going forward. Bravo Tommy.
  7. Massive. Absolutely massive result. Well done lads. Can we just send CoD off for judo lessons for the remainder of his contract.
  8. RedRock

    Beanie Hat

    It’s a pressie ... I’ve got to the age when I’ve now got to make suggestions as to what people should buy me!!! - I’ve forwarded the info on. Many thanks. Next year I’ll be buying my own presents and wrapping them. Xmas bah humbug!!!
  9. RedRock

    Beanie Hat

    ^^^ that’ll do me!
  10. RedRock

    Beanie Hat

    Slightly worrying we were selling ‘gas lighters’ from the Club shop. I think some among the more extreme elements of our flock may have taken that a little too literally!
  11. RedRock

    Beanie Hat

    Have we got a SLO who sorts these things out or has he gone AWOL like the rest of them? Assume someone from the Club monitors OTIB as one of the listening devices for supporter feedback. Probably not though. Oh for a rival to set up on matchdays in a pop up shop nearby to AG.
  12. RedRock

    Beanie Hat

    Ok slight over-reaction. As long as they’ve restocked in time for my summer holidays in The Canaries that’ll be fine. Have to make-do with my flashing Xmas antlers beanie for this Xmas instead.
  13. RedRock

    Beanie Hat

    That’s all well and good but when you’re from North Bristol it’s not such a good look.
  14. RedRock

    Beanie Hat

    Beryl was virtually a one-woman band, organised away travel, yet still managed to run a well-stocked Club shop out of a friggin leaky portacabin. There must be thousands of suppliers available for a beanie type product. Beyond my comprehension. Still, suppose it’s part of our Bristol Sport DNA that we’re not very good at football supporter interactions.
  15. RedRock

    Beanie Hat

    Now, truly not difficult for anyone in the retail trade. You’d think that any outlet would stock in the middle of winter/lead up to Xmas the most reliable seller since Club Shops were invented. Yep, the standard olde beanie or bubble hat. Have we got one? Nope. Hopeless, utterly hopeless.
  16. I think we should add sub-forums for the rugby, basketball and women’s footie. Not ‘front page’ though as we need to keep enough space for criticism of Lee Johnson, CoD and Watkins.
  17. When you get to 50+ years of Bristol City supporting you broaden your horizons. I think it’s nature’s way of softening the impact of perpetual disappointment.
  18. Personally, I quite like the concept... and it’s working, as I’m reasonably interested in the rugby, basketball and, believe it or not the women’s football. As with the men’s football, I quite expect us to lose to better resourced Clubs. It’s the manner of the loss. There is never any excuse for rolling over. A record 11-1 defeat (following on from two other heavy defeats) is ‘rag bag’ in my opinion and not worthy of our name. Anyhow, Brum isn’t it next weekend? A massive, absolutely massive response is required ladies.
  19. I can’t recall an 11 goal capitulation. So no. Some dire individual performances but I don’t think we’ve plumbed those depths as a team.
  20. More than a bit of an embarrassment to the Club name that. If you pull on a red shirt and use the name ‘Bristol City’ you put in 110% effort, cover your team mates backs and leave nothing, absolutely nothing, on the pitch. You certainly don’t trot around like a bunch of clueless show ponies. Assume we are amateurs up against a professional Arsenal outfit. Nevertheless, that was worse than awful. Steve, either make us a professional outfit or forget it.
  21. We need to add a ‘win’ to the usual, playing ugly today. West Brom was awful. It was an utter shambles from back to front. I don’t care who he picks - yes, even CoD, Watkins - as long as they do a job that they’re comfortable with and have the ability to deliver. Nothing cute, nothing clever just get on the ball and play with purpose and belief as a team unit.
  22. RedRock

    Drop Weimann

    We need to find a collection of three players, two up-front, one behind who play as a unit, have complementary skills and can almost mind-read each other. These three fed by 2 wingers or 2 midfielders. Simple game. It really is. I have no idea from the attacking players we have in the squad whether such a combination can be constructed or whether Andi could be part of that five. Alarming. Very alarming.
  23. Should never have sold Bomber Flint. Sums us up in a way. Flinty used to cause more chaos in the opposition defence than most of our own forwards!
  24. But he was developed as a midfielder by our Academy System wasn’t he? Wes Burns was/is a winger? Only out-and-out strikers allowed.
  25. Struth, if Janneh is the answer we’re in more trouble than I thought. Don’t think he’s scored yet or has even a sniff of a goal on his return to The Gulls and that’s a few leagues below Matty Was thinking the other day. Who was the last goal-scoring forward we produced through our youth/academy system? I could only think of Kevin Mabbutt. I know these things take time... but more than 40 years to produce our next striker!!! Not counting on Janneh or Semenyo to be the next Mabbutt either just yet. As I’ve been bleating on for years, the creation of an ‘attacking coach’ position is long overdue in my mind to identify and nurture talent, develop forward player partnerships and final-third patterns of play. For whatever reason, we just don’t seem to have the nouse/strategy to do our home-grown striker thing. Our bumbling attempts to ‘blend’ Fammy, Andi and Palmer into some form of cohesive attacking unit just demonstrates why we continue to fail.
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