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Bristol City v Frank Lampard's Derby County Match Day 44


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Just now, Mr Popodopolous said:

Perhaps it was a bit of wishful thinking on my part?

I have no doubt we wanted him and tried to get him but as I say I just don't see Steve Gibson being daft enough to agree to it.

Imagine the uproar from already disgruntled Boro fans if had scored the goals to get us promoted at their expense.

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12 minutes ago, BanburyRed said:

Isn't Kasey Palmer a creative midfielder?

 

10 minutes ago, AirlieBeachRed said:

He impresses me as a creative footballer 

Not been the crucial signing we wanted though has he? Not forgetting he came a bit late in the day; as in about 4 years and he will go back soon. Not sure he is the answer anyway.

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1 minute ago, Med/MadHatter said:

I'd like to thank all the supporters who have been at the Gate and on their travels this season, especially those who keep the exiles like me informed on this forum throughout the games, match reports and those in the know who impart the goings on behind the scenes. I salute you all.

Second that!

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1 minute ago, chinapig said:

I have no doubt we wanted him and tried to get him but as I say I just don't see Steve Gibson being daft enough to agree to it.

Imagine the uproar from already disgruntled Boro fans if had scored the goals to get us promoted at their expense.

If KITR was right though, then...I agree would have been ludicrous from Middlesbrough perspective.

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4 minutes ago, Wanderingred said:

This may sound like sour grapes, but Derby deserved nothing today. They are crap and have absolutely no chance in the playoffs.

At least the football league and $ky will get the teams they want in the top six. Bunch of **************s.

CTID

But they deserve to go up because they used to be good decades ago and their manager is famous and stuff.

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Over the season, we were not good enough. LJ stumbled upon an approach that arrested an alarmingly awful run of form in September and October. It was stable and players worked it. We are near the top of the non parachute payment clubs in terms of what we spend, and have done ok. Leeds and Sheffield United are the benchmark as they have similar (or worse) resources, so to be top ten is not bad. We are always going to suffer vs the parachute clubs, the gulf is ridiculous (and is wrong in principle) but we have done ok. You have to hope lJ has improved again and will eventually get there , but the extra quality we are missing is very hard to find within the constraints. Norwich, Leeds and Sheffield United were all below us at the end of last season. That is the real pause for thought.

I know we all want the Prem, but it is not going to happen anytime soon with the constraints  and approach we have, though being a good solid Champ side is a better place than we have been over the last 30 years. So.. it depends how you look at it. 

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Gutted. Fine margins I guess.

On the positive note we're not far off being a very very good side in this division. Couple of additions in the summer and I think we're in for an even more enjoyable season next time around. Credit to the players for the effort in todays game. 9 out of 10 times we win that by a distance!

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I'm gonna cheer myself up by laying FLDC on Betfair in the play off's.........as there is no way that they'll overcome the other three contenders, unless of course they are a team who have massive slices of luck.................hold on a minute 😂😂

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5 minutes ago, RedDave said:

But they didn’t spend loads to get them. Not all about money 

This is where I have to agree. A lot. Our wage bill will nee far higher than Sheffield United and the same as Leeds and not too far from Norwich. All 3 of those clubs finished last season below us. Forget Villa and their daft wage bill, our real reference are those 3. We are p[oor at using our resources, and need to focus far more on quality not quantity. Anyway, lets hope the club improve  this summer. In the end we will finish this year where we were last year , similar points, goals conceded and scored. BUT no relegation battle and a bit of fun along the way 

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Tough one to take today. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team dominate a game like that and lose! Gutted with the decisions against us in the recent games against play off rivals too. Bloody harsh.

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4 minutes ago, billywedlock said:

Over the season, we were not good enough. LJ stumbled upon an approach that arrested an alarmingly awful run of form in September and October. It was stable and players worked it. We are near the top of the non parachute payment clubs in terms of what we spend, and have done ok. Leeds and Sheffield United are the benchmark as they have similar (or worse) resources, so to be top ten is not bad. We are always going to suffer vs the parachute clubs, the gulf is ridiculous (and is wrong in principle) but we have done ok. You have to hope lJ has improved again and will eventually get there , but the extra quality we are missing is very hard to find within the constraints. Norwich, Leeds and Sheffield United were all below us at the end of last season. That is the real pause for thought.

I know we all want the Prem, but it is not going to happen anytime soon with the constraints  and approach we have, though being a good solid Champ side is a better place than we have been over the last 30 years. So.. it depends how you look at it. 

Leeds had a turnover of about£40m last season, some estimates of £45m for this...Sheffield United, absolutely similar resources. Leeds? Nope.

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3 minutes ago, Robin Wood said:

Our club will just tread water until we fall through the trap door like teams like Wigan and Rotherham and Millwall the championship doesn't want teams like us

Oh right.

I guess five seasons of consecutive improvement must be really inconvenient to your baseless arguments.

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If, before the season started, i'd been asked if i wanted to punch short-sighted muppets who have no idea that people's expectations change as the season progresses, i would have said "no."

I hate that cliche with a passion, and hate that we've folded up again. But i'm going to Hull anyway and right now I'd rather make the schlep without the lingering dread that we might just scrape into 6th. But at 5am a week tomorrow, who knows?

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4 minutes ago, Mr Popodopolous said:

Beat them 3 of 4 times since they came up...

Indeed, LJ has been innovative in countering their unique system.

However, despite coming across a bit old school Wilder has proved to be more innovative than LJ. He designed a unique system, recruited and coached accordingly and stuck to it, while LJ keeps changing things. He could learn from Wilder perhaps. I still have no idea what LJ's plan is.

I was reading a piece about Bielsa today and he seems impressed with Wilder. In fact he said he tried to do the same as him but couldn't make it work.

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1 minute ago, chinapig said:

Indeed, LJ has been innovative in countering their unique system.

However, despite coming across a bit old school Wilder has proved to be more innovative than LJ. He designed a unique system, recruited and coached accordingly and stuck to it, while LJ keeps changing things. He could learn from Wilder perhaps. I still have no idea what LJ's plan is.

I was reading a piece about Bielsa today and he seems impressed with Wilder. In fact he said he tried to do the same as him but couldn't make it work.

Sheff utd have had a strike force that can score goals where as we we have struggled to score goals all season especially at home 

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