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BobBobSuperBob

‘Sing Song in the dressing room afterwards’

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Interesting .......and excellent to hear

 

Thought LJs post match interview worth a little thread on its own amongst the aftermath, interesting and spoke well

Together with his (Written Press) post match interview on Saturday - well worth a listen

Hes gone from a man looking under pressure to someone very quietly excited and confident about this group

 

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When confidence is high, we're often a match for anyone in this league, and while we've historically struggled against the frontrunners when head-to-head, I think the real work is in ensuring that a loss doesn't turn into two/three losses.

If LJ can crack that nut, and ensure that our players stay fit after Jan/Feb, then promotion might not be as far off as I thought it'd be after Webster's departure. Despite a ton of signings, there seems to be a real sense of togetherness in the squad, and the last time I saw that bond was when we won League 1.

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Importantly, we still look forward to the returns of Dasilva, Nagy and Korey who will further strengthen the squad. 

I was pleased that we won at Derby with just a single booking (Brownhill) whist shows the discipline of the team. Playing away from home against a top team, you would normally expect to incur more cards (as Tranmere did, for example :noexp:)

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17 minutes ago, Rudolf Hucker said:

Importantly, we still look forward to the returns of Dasilva, Nagy and Korey who will further strengthen the squad. 

I was pleased that we won at Derby with just a single booking (Brownhill) whist shows the discipline of the team. Playing away from home against a top team, you would normally expect to incur more cards (as Tranmere did, for example :noexp:)

Not forgetting Smith .

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1 hour ago, Rudolf Hucker said:

Importantly, we still look forward to the returns of Dasilva, Nagy and Korey who will further strengthen the squad. 

I was pleased that we won at Derby with just a single booking (Brownhill) whist shows the discipline of the team. Playing away from home against a top team, you would normally expect to incur more cards (as Tranmere did, for example :noexp:)

They were playing a top team ?

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I read at least 3 different comparisons last night to this team and manager to the promotion team of '76.

The performance was described as being similar to the way Dicks' team dug out away results that year, Brownhill termed as Taintonesque, and Massengo likened to Gerry Gow.

I wonder if things have finally come together and this set up, and these players, are about to emulate that legendary team of 75-76?

It's been one hell of a wait but I'm beginning to (very tentatively) believe they really could - not only that, but this squad could really do it in style - I can't remember a City team with so many exciting players!

We'll need improved fortune with injuries but with Massengo and Nagy settling in to this division like ducks to water - every other Championship club must envy us their signings - everything augurs fantastically well at the moment. :city:

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2 minutes ago, BobBobSuperBob said:

Question is what was the sing song .......

 

1/2   it involved hair 

Strange choice if it was.  :) 

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3 minutes ago, BobBobSuperBob said:

Question is what was the sing song .......

 

1/2   it involved hair 

Did Benik Afobe join in?

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1 hour ago, Scare_Man said:

Was saying to a mate last night whilst watching, I’m genuinely getting hard at the thought of what a full strength team might do to this league!

:ermm:  hmm,  🤔

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1 minute ago, dihajh said:

He decided to make a Bold statement and didn't join in.

Yep, he looked on the very brink of losing it when the others were singing apparently.

LJ had to tell him to keep his hair on. :noexp: 

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Very early doors. Problem with LJ through his time here has been stopping the rot when things go badly.

IF he can do that when it comes then we will do well. If not then will be usual story.

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10 minutes ago, Nogbad the Bad said:

Yep, he looked on the very brink of losing it when the others were singing apparently.

LJ had to tell him to keep his hair on. :noexp: 

Lineker-esque !..… cant joke about things like this anymore doncha know. . .  PC madness.

(its possibly still ok for Wig-on fans though I guess ? )

 

PS .. excuse the emoji - no offence intended ...    :shocking:  

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39 minutes ago, Nogbad the Bad said:

I read at least 3 different comparisons last night to this team and manager to the promotion team of '76.

The performance was described as being similar to the way Dicks' team dug out away results that year, Brownhill termed as Taintonesque, and Massengo likened to Gerry Gow.

I wonder if things have finally come together and this set up, and these players, are about to emulate that legendary team of 75-76?

It's been one hell of a wait but I'm beginning to (very tentatively) believe they really could - not only that, but this squad could really do it in style - I can't remember a City team with so many exciting players!

We'll need improved fortune with injuries but with Massengo and Nagy settling in to this division like ducks to water - every other Championship club must envy us their signings - everything augurs fantastically well at the moment. :city:

I'm not a natural optimist when it comes to all things Bristol City (too much bitter experience!) but I find myself agreeing with you...and am just booking train tickets to Stoke and Preston...

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Win, draw or lose LJ always speaks with honesty and candour. He’s my favourite City manager to listen to.

No doubt at all that he wears his heart on his sleeve as we saw yesterday and I really like the way he treats us fans with respect.

 

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37 minutes ago, Alex_BCFC said:

Very early doors. Problem with LJ through his time here has been stopping the rot when things go badly.

IF he can do that when it comes then we will do well. If not then will be usual story.

We didn't have any long runs without wins last season. I think the fans would recognise that more if more of the wins were at home. 

I think Johnson might find that if you have higher quality players, it takes less time for them to learn his drills and patterns. 

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17 minutes ago, Robbored said:

Win, draw or lose LJ always speaks with honesty and candour. He’s my favourite City manager to listen to.

No doubt at all that he wears his heart on his sleeve as we saw yesterday and I really like the way he treats us fans with respect.

 

Tbh his old man was also very good to listen to. Not sure you would have listened to any of his tho. 

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1 minute ago, Up The City! said:

Tbh his old man was also very good to listen to. Not sure you would have listened to any of his tho. 

You’re right there.

I got fed up early on with him taking all the credit after a win, blaming the players after a defeat and laughing at his own jokes.

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11 minutes ago, Port Said Red said:

We didn't have any long runs without wins last season. I think the fans would recognise that more if more of the wins were at home. 

I think Johnson might find that if you have higher quality players, it takes less time for them to learn his drills and patterns. 

We went 6 without winning after the winning streak.

We also had several other poor spells including 4 defeats in a row.

Its that kind of thing that is very LJ and it needs to improve this year.

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1 minute ago, Alex_BCFC said:

We went 6 without winning after the winning streak.

We also had several other poor spells including 4 defeats in a row.

Its that kind of thing that is very LJ and it needs to improve this year.

Very few teams other than Norwich last season, manage to go through a Championship season without a bad run, 6 including 4 defeats is par for the course. 

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2 hours ago, Scare_Man said:

Was saying to a mate last night whilst watching, I’m genuinely getting hard at the thought of what a full strength team might do to this league!

Is your mate a girl?

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14 minutes ago, Red Exile said:

I'm not a natural optimist when it comes to all things Bristol City (too much bitter experience!) but I find myself agreeing with you...and am just booking train tickets to Stoke and Preston...

Ha ha, there are times in every fan's City supporting life when you need a team to give you a renewed burst of enthusiasm and optimism.

Don't want to get carried away - it could all go horribly wrong as quickly as Hull on Saturday -  but the way things stand this morning the current squad is definitely providing that revitalisation, and long may it continue!

There will be alot of jaded Bristol City followers sitting up and taking notice of what's going on at AG, and the positive and widespread publicity surrounding the likes of Nagy and Massengo, and I can see gates rising significantly (well, as much as capacity allows!) if this exciting and entertaining team can keep it up.

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Nice to see some positivity on here atm. Go back just over a week to some of the outrageous comments certain posters. made when we were 1-0 down at Birmingham.......similarly if we go a goal down at Hull on Saturday!! As I see it we haven’t “arrived” just yet and we’re still a month or two away from gelling properly as a team. I see this period as one where we scrap for what we can get before we’re seriously up and running........and the last three games is exactly what we have done. Battled at Birmingham, got the job done somehow on Saturday and defended like Trojan’s last night.

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1 minute ago, Nogbad the Bad said:

Ha ha, there are times in every fan's City supporting life when you need a team to give you a renewed burst of enthusiasm and optimism.

Don't want to get carried away - it could all go horribly wrong as quickly as Hull on Saturday -  but the way things stand this morning the current squad is definitely providing that revitalisation, and long may it continue!

There will be alot of jaded Bristol City followers sitting up and taking notice of what's going on at AG, and the positive and widespread publicity surrounding the likes of Nagy and Massengo, and I can see gates rising significantly (well, as much as capacity allows!) if this exciting and entertaining team can keep it up.

It's a long time since hitting crowds of over 21k was the norm hasn't it @Nogbad the Bad? If we can get a positive result this Saturday then I could see the Boro game generating a lot of interest in the home sections even with it being a TV game and a 12:30 kick off.

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Improving our results at the Gate are paramount to a decent challenge near the top of the division. We can't expect to be top 6 with another poor season of results at home.

IF we can make BS3 a fortress, I will join the 'positive' club but there's still a doubt in my mind that we can turn our home results around from last season when, let's be honest, our home results were pretty poor for a side finishing 8th. 

Looking good at the mo though and getting better by the game. :)

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50 minutes ago, WhistleHappy said:

Lineker-esque !..… cant joke about things like this anymore doncha know. . .  PC madness.

(its possibly still ok for Wig-on fans though I guess ? )

 

PS .. excuse the emoji - no offence intended ...    :shocking:  

No time for Lineker and his views or jokes normally, but if even the baldie in the emoji I gave your post is laughing then, really, who cares if a few attention seekers have found LIneker's joke 'offensive'?

In the real world, no one, and that's what they should be told in no uncertain terms.

Even this slaphead agrees! :yes: :doh:

 

 

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1 hour ago, Robbored said:

Win, draw or lose LJ always speaks with honesty and candour. He’s my favourite City manager to listen to.

No doubt at all that he wears his heart on his sleeve as we saw yesterday and I really like the way he treats us fans with respect.

 

Even over his dad? 

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6 hours ago, BobBobSuperBob said:

Interesting .......and excellent to hear

 

Thought LJs post match interview worth a little thread on its own amongst the aftermath, interesting and spoke well

Together with his (Written Press) post match interview on Saturday - well worth a listen

Hes gone from a man looking under pressure to someone very quietly excited and confident about this group

 

Something Bristol Bears and Somerset Cricket are well known for doing after a victory 

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6 hours ago, BobBobSuperBob said:

Interesting .......and excellent to hear

 

Thought LJs post match interview worth a little thread on its own amongst the aftermath, interesting and spoke well

Together with his (Written Press) post match interview on Saturday - well worth a listen

Hes gone from a man looking under pressure to someone very quietly excited and confident about this group

 

A full on rendition of `If I Had The Wings Of A Sparrow` is what I heard they finished with.

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Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. QPR performance was some way from dominating and we really struggled to keep the ball last night in the second half - although defended very well as a team to get a great result. But we are a little weak in the wing back areas given injuries and still lack a good ball playing centre back. So still some work to do to be the finished article. But yes great that new players are having a real positive impact and our bench looks strong 

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17 minutes ago, desert said:

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. QPR performance was some way from dominating and we really struggled to keep the ball last night in the second half - although defended very well as a team to get a great result. But we are a little weak in the wing back areas given injuries and still lack a good ball playing centre back. So still some work to do to be the finished article. But yes great that new players are having a real positive impact and our bench looks strong 

You could look at it as we didn't dominate the game, struggled to keep the ball and still won 2-0 and never looked like conceding . Playing poorly and winning is a good sign.

God knows how many games I've seen us either play poorly and get smashed or play well and still lose!

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Early days yet. As long as we keep on grinding out the results, the quality of football should improve.

The usual pattern in a season is:-

August - fine tuning and hard work getting the necessary results

Sept to Nov/Dec - usually the best quality football of the season.

Christmas to end of season - Back to grinding out results. Injuries, suspensions, tiredness begin to be a factor. The mental side of the game comes to the fore and it's one of the big reasons why the Hansen's of the football world say you don't win titles with kids.

And the first choice team is often improved by accident rather than design. A replacement for an injury or a new signing which adds a spark to the side. Although we may have seen the new signings already. Or it could be Semenyo or Janneh?

Get the home form going and we could very well be looking at new horizons in May.

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People laughed at first, but the due diligence in players DNA is paying off.

We have some talented footballers, but as far as I'm aware no knob heads in the squad.

All want to work as one...decent lads and imo a bit brighter than some footballers. Talk and communicate well and obviously understand what's being asked.

The great thing is, we aren't even playing to our full potential yet...

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4 hours ago, Port Said Red said:

Very few teams other than Norwich last season, manage to go through a Championship season without a bad run, 6 including 4 defeats is par for the course. 

Not if you want to make the playoffs. Ultimately the reason was the streaks of no wins went on too long - it was lesser last season to the ones the seasons before but still a concern. 

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11 minutes ago, spudski said:

People laughed at first, but the due diligence in players DNA is paying off.

We have some talented footballers, but as far as I'm aware no knob heads in the squad.

All want to work as one...decent lads and imo a bit brighter than some footballers. Talk and communicate well and obviously understand what's being asked.

The great thing is, we aren't even playing to our full potential yet...

Far from our full potential IMO.

Factor in the injuries, factor in the big change, the churn- where we're currently at, a bit ahead of schedule if anything?

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1 minute ago, Mr Popodopolous said:

Far from our full potential IMO.

Factor in the injuries, factor in the big change, the churn- where we're currently at, a bit ahead of schedule if anything?

Totally agree...LJ has got the defence working, and the rest grinding.

Think we'll see a lot more offensively in the future.

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To darken the mood a little, how many points did we get from Leeds (h), Birmingham (a), QPR (h) and Derby (a)?

7

Does feel more positive though....that’s what 2 successive wind does.

I do agree, this side has massive improvement opportunity too.

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17 minutes ago, Alex_BCFC said:

Not if you want to make the playoffs. Ultimately the reason was the streaks of no wins went on too long - it was lesser last season to the ones the seasons before but still a concern. 

Recall Cardiff going on a 4 game losing streak the season they went up automatically.

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Thing is to me last night felt different. I felt we controlled the whole game and dominated, it might have been more exciting to watch had we kept taking the game to Derby in the 2nd half but the reality is we didn't need to. They reminded me of us last season trying to break down teams (particularly at home) who were playing for a draw or 1 goal win. We would work the ball wide and rely on a cross dropping right or a great long range strike, we struggled to break teams down through the middle. We seem to have addressed this issue with Palmer, Afobe and Wieman's combination of passing and movement. 

You are always going to be a little nervous with a few minutes left and a 1 goal lead but I never really doubted we would see it out.  

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51 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

To darken the mood a little, how many points did we get from Leeds (h), Birmingham (a), QPR (h) and Derby (a)?

7

Does feel more positive though....that’s what 2 successive wind does.

I do agree, this side has massive improvement opportunity too.

How does that darken the mood? 🤔 That's an excellent return from four matches.

That's 1.75 points per game, which would safely see us in the playoffs if carried on for the whole season.

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