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Nuno Gomez

Marlon Pack - unsung hero

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Interesting article.  I guess it should come as no surprise to us who have watched him every other week.  Perhaps not said is the range of his passing.  Arguably the best long ball passer in the team.  For me the player who has improved the most this season.

https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/79-9-pass-completion-rate-is-this-bristol-city-star-criminally-underrated/

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4 minutes ago, Nuno Gomez said:

Interesting article.  I guess it should come as no surprise to us who have watched him every other week.  Perhaps not said is the range of his passing.  Arguably the best long ball passer in the team.  For me the player who has improved the most this season.

https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/79-9-pass-completion-rate-is-this-bristol-city-star-criminally-underrated/

Agreed if it wasn’t for Bobbys goals, Marlon would be my choice for player of the season.

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Sadly be gone at the start of next year, I reckon to Southampton, if they go down. Portsmouth lad but won’t bother him

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6 minutes ago, alexukhc said:

Sadly be gone at the start of next year, I reckon to Southampton, if they go down. Portsmouth lad but won’t bother him

Really ?   he  wont go any where  without Flinty !  And the big man wont move to another championship club   will he !?

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11 minutes ago, alexukhc said:

Sadly be gone at the start of next year, I reckon to Southampton, if they go down. Portsmouth lad but won’t bother him

I think so too, but I'm not that concerned. As a midfield two Pack and Smith simply don't compliment eachother in my opinion.

I think of the two Marlon is easier (albeit not cheaper) to replace. To find someone who reads the game as a box to box player like Smith is quite rare.

Real contender for player of the year, but I would sell to a good offer. 

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I said last week pre-game that I wonder if Marlon would be better further forward than the "quarterback’ position.  He has good range of passing, good vision, clever passing, and has a great shot.

Has improved every season he’s been here.

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16 minutes ago, cityred exile said:

Really ?   he  wont go any where  without Flinty !  And the big man wont move to another championship club   will he !?

Be a good move for both of them there, if they get rid of Hughes. 

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Pack is absolute mustard and I'm really glad other people have come round to him this season. A real footballers footballer in my opinion.

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Ive been saying it for a few years, id love to know how many touches he has in a game. He is available all the time and most of our play goes through him. He has always been a decent passer, but his range is getting better every season, along with his reverse passing. A lot of people don't rate him because he doesn't run around as much as Korey Smith, but we miss him massively when hes not in the side. Korey Smith, for all his workrate, isn't a good footballer, Pack is quality.

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1 hour ago, alexukhc said:

Be a good move for both of them there, if they get rid of Hughes. 

And they could keep the clique going

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Funny that, seem to remember MP getting pelters on here pre Xmas during our good form, he’s our weak link etc etc.

Extremely underrated player.

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2 hours ago, 29AR said:

I think so too, but I'm not that concerned. As a midfield two Pack and Smith simply don't compliment eachother in my opinion.

I think of the two Marlon is easier (albeit not cheaper) to replace. To find someone who reads the game as a box to box player like Smith is quite rare.

Real contender for player of the year, but I would sell to a good offer. 

Pack and Smith have proven to compliment each other. They’ve been the go to midfield pairing since that league 1 season. When the going got tough last season, and Smith got back fit, and Johnson chose to restore Pack into team, unsurprisingly our form picked up. 

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Been an important player since Coventry away in 14/15 season....eventually ousted Wade, and become one of the first names on the teamsheet since.

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Didn't used to care for Marlon Pack but when he's not on the pitch it's been easy to tell this season and that's not a good thing.

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2 hours ago, Shtanley said:

Would rather lose Smith than Pack.

I'd go even further, I'd be more worried about losing Pack than I would Reid, Flint, Bryan at the moment.

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For me the single best individual performance I have seen from a City player this season was Marlon's against Manchester United.

He had Pogba tearing his multi coloured hair out with frustration at being unable to better him.

No wonder Pep referred to him by name.

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Love MP. Always rated him. The better the team, the more at home he will look. Does have a good range of passing but his long passing could be better. He gets too much air under it and it make the ball easier to intercept. You can see the difference when the likes of Huddlestone and Adam come to town(comparison only for long passing not entire game). Literally the only bad thing I can say about him. Much more complete midfielder than Korey Smith so fits a two quite well. Still think we should go to a midfield 3 next season. He’d be a good fit in that as well and as @Davefevs has said, doesn’t even have to be the holding midfield type. Think he could be a good box to box type. Making late runs into the box with his height would be dangerous(see Man City at AG) and can also pick a pass and play in tight spaces. 

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I am not one to pick out the flaws in a good player, but anyone wondering why he has not been picked up yet, needs only to look at his pace. I think if he had even a yard more he would be in the Prem already. 

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Don't understand all this about pace,you can be a great midfielder without being Usain Bolt. Scholes, Keane,I could name loads, Paul Hartley for us etc. Good players can make themselves a yard,look at Packs touch before he scores against Hull.

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2 minutes ago, Gimme Shelton said:

Don't understand all this about pace,you can be a great midfielder without being Usain Bolt. Scholes, Keane,I could name loads, Paul Hartley for us etc. Good players can make themselves a yard,look at Packs touch before he scores against Hull.

I don't disagree that clever players can compensate for a lack of pace, through positioning etc, but having it does give you an extra option, even if it is only over short bursts. It also helps in transition of play, how many times have we seen players break through our midfield because they have been caught on the attack (about 5 times on Saturday alone!)? 

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It’s very noticeable when he isn’t in the team. 

In terms of pace I think that’s why he tends to be the player picking it up off the back four and isn’t expected to push too far up as getting back can sometimes be a problem. However, finally picked up some goals recently which we’ve really lacked from midfield since promotion. Without doubt one of the most improved players for us since promotion. Would be a real shame if he went because I think he will improve further still.

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Most important player IMO,

midfield is a shambles when he isn’t there,

when we take him off to chase a game or kill off a game it always has the opposite affect,  

would make him captain

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2 hours ago, Welcome To The Jungle said:

He's added a bit of consistency this year. Always had it, but was always prone to a wayward, hollywood pass, bad touch or getting caught in possession. He's cut that out and is looking sharper. 

I guess the odd stray pass is going to show up when you have so much of the ball. As others have said a very underrated player who always seems to get overshadowed by everyone else. 

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Still think a midfield three would suit us best, but our key passing midfielder for sure. Very good player.

Pack in the centre dictating play, with Brownhill and Smith either side of him to protect him at times and drive him on at others- could take him and us to another level.

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Our best player imo.

Just goes to show how much the game has changed over the years when they say.. 'He throws the tackles around, making 1.6 per game'....less than 2 tackles a game is seen as 'throwing the tackles around' ;-)

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Pack is a very good player who has improved massively in his time with us. He never hides and always looks for the ball. Hope he's still here next season.

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On 26 April 2018 at 22:43, Shtanley said:

Would rather lose Smith than Pack.

Would rather lose neither. They compliment each other and seem to have a good understanding between them

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23 hours ago, Davefevs said:

Been an important player since Coventry away in 14/15 season....eventually ousted Wade, and become one of the first names on the teamsheet since.

Our @Harry * - erstwhile of this (Elliot) parish - always said to me “judge me on Pack” - and so we shall. Pack has been an absolutely fantastic signing; he must rival Flinty in terms of year on year progression with us. Bloody love the bloke. The fact they’re practically family makes it even better! 

* Harold come back soon yeah x 

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I remember Pack being outstanding in the end of season thrashing of Huddersfield 2 seasons ago. In that game he played as a deep lying playmaker, with Bobby and Joe either side. Pack deep lying in a 3 is something Johnson should have gone back to during our bad run. Him and smith have been having to do too much chasing, being overrun in many games. I really hope we will see him for us in that role next season. 

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I remember watching one packs first games for us (against Bradford in L1) and he pinged an inch perfect diagonal crossfield ball about 50 yards 

I'd dragged a forest-supporting mate down the gate with me who turned round and said "**** me, youve signed Steven Gerrard"

Okay so it was a huge overstatement, but was an early indication of the quality that pack has.

As others have said, he's getting better and better, and would be very difficult to replace. Captaincy and a pay rise needed asap!!

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