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  1. I enjoyed this week a lot, especially the role play! In particular how @Shtanley skilfully channels Johnson’s capacity to spin an unwanted record as a personal triumph. Totally agree on the - why sack Johnson now? angle. It’s not going to happen and it shouldn’t. That being said I do think it’s really 50-50 in the summer if he stays or goes. One think you didn’t talk about was the financial element of being sacked or resigning. He isn’t going to unilaterally give up his contract with no pay-off but the good relationship between Johnsons / Lansdowns suggests a better chance of a compromise package which could be spun as amicable mutual consent. I agree LJ would never accept sacking him was justified. I do think the - ‘who else if not LJ?’ argument shows a lack of confidence as a club. Sure some of the big names are a bit outlandish. But City is an attractive job for someone to come in to an established championship club with a patient chairman set on reaching the Prem. On that theme I reckon finishing 7th is the worst of all worlds for the unity of the different fan factions. For Johson-outers it shows he hasn’t got what it takes for promotion. Johnson-inners can say it’s ‘progress’ having sold our best players (again) and lost our main striker to a season of injury. And more importantly no one gets to enjoy the playoffs. I might have to never go on Otib again if this happens. Personally I am withholding judgment til the summer and hoping for some excitement and decent Ashton Gate atmospheres in the final 10 (or 13?) games.
  2. Ultimately LJ can’t be expected to get promotion with one out-and-out striker who is not consistently a natural finisher; and who would be probably third choice for any team serious about getting out of the championship. Afobe and Nketiah aren’t going to be that player this season for different reasons - so if the ambition is to get promoted, it’s reasonable to try and land a striker this transfer window. Regardless of LJ’s flaws elsewhere, the need for a striker has been obvious since Reid left (a player LJ turned into a 20-goal-a-season player) - he’s not been well served by the hierarchy in this area.
  3. Think LJ will have seriously p***sed off the hierarchy tonight. Landsdowns would have enjoyed the payday, the media attention, 25 years ago and all that of Liverpool tie. Millions spent by LJ, multiple signings, to lose over two games to a lower-mid League 1 outfit. This might be the result that does it for Johnson.
  4. Agree that it seemed made for Palmer to come on and take a bit of control in midfield. Fam tired but didn’t see what Semenyo brought to the show. Radical theory - LJ showing Lansdown/Ashton he needs a striker who might cost big wages on a free?
  5. Could do with one but now en route home , thinking of all the glorious goals I scored at Ashton Gate cutting in off the wing, wondering if Eliasson and O’Dowda can start doing the same
  6. Last call in case anyone has a spare they need to shift ... enjoy the game all, COYR
  7. Hi could take this if you let me know where / when to meet ? Have sent you a PM
  8. Still in the market for a ticket if anyone has last minute spare. In London so can meet at ground. Cheers ,
  9. Also a plea for ticket if anyone got a last minute spare. ST holder but couldn’t make the BS ticket system work. In London today for pick up - pints at any one of the four pubs part of the deal!
  10. His technique is ridiculous. Makes things look easy. Take the ball, hit a sweet crossfield pass and sprint onto the cross for a header. Pleasure to watch. Criticism - a little loose defensively for now. Will develop. Let’s enjoy while he’s here. Great song as well.
  11. This might have been a valid thread last year but ludicrous for today. He has added bite to his game and the obvious talent on the ball. Made a number of top tackles today. The idea he is ‘lazy’ is a lazy trope.
  12. Thought we weren’t too bad - watched with a neutral mate who thought we should’ve been decent value for at least a draw on general play: just lacked finishing quality and were not clinical. Hunt’s crossing was stand-out woeful. And agree Pack looked washed out. Walsh must be wondering what he needs to do to get a game.
  13. City 3 wins from the title. City 3 wins from the playoffs.
  14. For the Hull game, if we’re still in with a shout - and given the effort and expense needed (it’s basically impossible to get to there on public transport without an overnight stay) - I totally agree with this. A free ride would swing it for a lot of fans. Was at Sheff Wed and thought it was a bit flat given where we are in the table. The two goals didn’t help of course - but nowhere like the noise you get for a big well-attended away day. Club could and should really step up here.
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