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The Bristol City v Middlesbrough Match Day 3

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1 minute ago, paul_fox said:

He and we've been lucky we've had good starts to the previous 2 season otherwise it would've been relegation. This season doesn't look like it's going to start well and with Lee's job seemingly untouchable it's a worry 

It isn't untouchable.

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Just now, Super said:

Boro just happy to let us have the ball.

Boro have hardly had to build up a sweat, as you say quite happy to watch us pass sideways and backwards in middle third of pitch, quickly press us into mistakes when we try to come forward.

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7 minutes ago, RumRed said:

Don't think you'll need much popcorn, the scales are starting to fall from the eyes of even the biggest 'believers'

Wouldn’t be so sure

You wait

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7 minutes ago, Super said:

Cant defend plus nothing up front. Bad times.

Reminding me of Cotterill's time in this league. Playing some good football but can't finish and joke defence.

That is a recipe for a relegation scrap. We could be back to that which seems to be our default level in this division.

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7 minutes ago, EstoniaTallinnRed said:

Yes he will, unfortunately!

You don’t know that. The “LJ will never be sacked” theory is a complete myth. It’s on record that his position was considered at our low point in 16/17. It would almost certainly be reconsidered once again if we’re in or around the bottom three at Christmas.

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Boos at halftime. 

We sold the spine of the team, what do we honestly expect?

We are poor and you can sense the drop in energy levels. 

It’s flatter than a pancake here today. It’s sad really.

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10 minutes ago, Kid in the Riot said:

In fairness: Wright, Baker and Hegeler all injured who'd be ahead of Kelly at CB. 

To me Webster and Hunt have caused us more concern than the other two anyway. 

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11 minutes ago, Kid in the Riot said:

In fairness: Wright, Baker and Hegeler all injured who'd be ahead of Kelly at CB. 

Kelly and Hunt haven’t played badly, have been let down entirely by Webster and Pisano 

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25 minutes ago, RUSSEL85 said:

After the debacle of the 2nd half of last season, fans will turn on Johnson very quickly, he said 3 transfer windows, he has had 4 I think, bought and sold dozens of players. Is it 4 wins in 24? I don't know any club who tolerate that. I'm pretty patient, more so than most but getting fed up already.

FWIW he’s had five

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0-2 HT. 72% possession but just one speculative effort on target from 25 yards from Brownhill.

Watkins playing as centre forward is not working at all.

Stupid decision not to start Eliasson if he is fit, as badly need someone to create something and Pato is just strolling around again.

For Boro it's almost been like a training match.

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Just now, BobBobSuperBob said:

Wouldn’t be so sure

You wait

I'm waiting to see the words 'gel', 'budget' and 'young manager' used copiously.

 

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1 minute ago, paul_fox said:

He's had 2 shocking runs while here and a third going. He'd have been sacked after the first at most clubs 

Not a chance he survives a third. 

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2 minutes ago, Cheesleysmate said:

Boos at halftime. 

We sold the spine of the team, what do we honestly expect?

We are poor and you can sense the drop in energy levels. 

It’s flatter than a pancake here today. It’s sad really.

Let’s be honest here

That performance is one of a side staring straight down the barrels of a relegation scrap

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Very frustrating again.

Boro have done nothing and scored 2 goals from two chances.

First one took a lucky bounce and on another day, with a different ref, could have been a foul by the very physical Assom on Webster.

Second one could have been a foul on Hunt by the, again, very physical Assom. 

Or maybe we are just powder-puff?

Either way too easy, much too easy for Boro

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1 minute ago, Cheesleysmate said:

Boos at halftime. 

We sold the spine of the team, what do we honestly expect?

We are poor and you can sense the drop in energy levels. 

It’s flatter than a pancake here today. It’s sad really.

And we made a considerable profit on transfers. People tend to forget that a, if not the, key part of the strategy is to improve the club's financial position. SL seems to have put his foot down on that this summer.

Whoever the head coach is they will have to live with that constraint.

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O dear.

Boro have not really had to do too much, and look like they have hardly had to move through the gears very much.

Yes, it is a makeshift defence, but that to one side, we are so considered going forward it all ends up pointless. Equally, so many games in this league are so tight that tactics, players, nothing matters unless you can defend. It really is as simple as that. For the third league game in a row we have given poor goals away, against a side that will make it very difficult.

No high press, no real idea what to do. Don’t want to read to much in to one half of course, but on its own it is relegation form.

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1 minute ago, BobBobSuperBob said:

Let’s be honest here

That performance is one of a side staring straight down the barrels of a relegation scrap

You can see it a mile off, and the worst thing is that Boro haven’t exactly come at us all guns blazing either?!

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2 minutes ago, marcofisher said:

Kelly and Hunt haven’t played badly, have been let down entirely by Webster and Pisano 

Disagree slightly. Pisano out of position, not his fault. Kelly, entirely blameless, the other two........rubbish, garbage, call them what you like, we spent £3m on a centre half who is about half the player Lloyd Kelly is.

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First half in a nutshell.......IMO very akin to last week v Bolton, in that City have had lots of possession and are playing neat passing stuff in their half but rarely create or threaten anything in the final third. Boro (who haven’t been threatened) have only had a couple of chances (the first gifted them due to sloppy defending) and have been clinical on both occasions (also reminiscent of last week’s game when Bolton scored with practically the first opening they had). All City players look OK, despite not creating any real threat, with our main chances coming from the right but again AW is isolated and we have started to play very hopeful, straight balls to him which are easy to defend. 

Boro are very comfortable and failing a miracle are leaving AG with three points. 

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Johnson knew 6 months he needed strength and steel. He has only managed to make sense even more powderpuff.

Bizarre beyond belief why we need 10 players who do the same job before the striker.

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Typical, 71% possession and 1 shot on target... 

We can pass the ball between defenders all game but it'll get us nowhere

At least bristol rugby are winning... 

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4 minutes ago, BobBobSuperBob said:

FWIW he’s had five

How many players gas he bought, I read previously it was 37 ? But I’m not sure what the number is now or if that’s true,

bob do you know ? 

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1 minute ago, formerly known as ivan said:

SL knows he will struggle to replace LJ with someone that will buy into the bullshit of a set up we have

Just looking for a ' rubbish ' symbol . Be right back .

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Firstly let me say we have the best player on the pitch in Marlon Pack, he is just terrific and I suspect Pulis would love to sign him.

Secondly we really do play some very pretty football but time and again the same thing happens we totally run out of ideas/creativity in and around the opponents penalty area, all we have to show for our pretty football is 2 half chances both way off target and bog standard BCFC free kick also way off target. Our final pass and crossing is piss poor again.

Now onto our defending, both goals had their roots in an unnecessary breakdown in our pretty football in the opponents half and then confounded by piss weak defending, Hunt looks great going forward but a liability defensively, he had a weak hand in both of their goals and nearly gave another way with a sloppy pass.

In a word we look brittle.

Watkins and of course Paterson struggling to get into the game.

And note to commentator don't call us ******* Bristol again, we are Bristol City or City FFS.

 

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If we are having to scrape together a defence after three games it tell you all you need to know about how piss poor the summer window was. Pisano left back (to be fair he has tried) but seriously this is a mess

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Sadly not at the game today, but my football Svengali has just provided the following half time analysis 

“Looking like a side who have sold their best players and replaced them with shit “

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3 minutes ago, formerly known as ivan said:

SL knows he will struggle to replace LJ with someone that will buy into the bullshit of a set up we have

Maybe he should do it himself.  SL in the technical area, at least it would be novel.

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