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Play to the 99th minute! So much added time these days and so many late goals. Fitter teams who keep at it. As you said earlier Major, consistent team selection and settled sides helps organisation. A big factor in late stages of games.

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5 minutes ago, Northern Red said:

I think it demonstrates how utterly ludicrous it is to write off chances of teams based on 2 or 3 poor results.

And it's only November 2nd, as we all know only Swindon Town fans think the season finishes in November.

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8 minutes ago, Northern Red said:

I think it demonstrates how utterly ludicrous it is to write off chances of teams based on 2 or 3 poor results.

I wouldn't mind accepting the poor results if we were playing decent footie. 

Hopefully LJ can get us back on track pdq! 🤞

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4 minutes ago, Frenchay Red said:

I wouldn't mind accepting the poor results if we were playing decent footie. 

Hopefully LJ can get us back on track pdq! 🤞

Agree, we’ve not played very well over the past few weeks.  Been quite a hard watch of late.

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6 minutes ago, glen humphries said:

Quality wise the leagues poor.

On what do base your opinion?

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35 minutes ago, Northern Red said:

I think it demonstrates how utterly ludicrous it is to write off chances of teams based on 2 or 3 poor results.

It's the 5 or 6 below par performances that people are getting agitated by!

Lose to Cardiff and it will be harder to be philosophical about. Alternatively, what an opportunity to make amends!

 

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43 minutes ago, The Original OTIB said:

Funny old game, this really is a tough division. 

Plenty of clubs with similar strengths makes the Championship more interesting this season rather than one or two clubs way ahead of everyone else.

Pretty much every tv pundit thinks that the Championship is the hardest league to get out of and has been as difficult  for several seasons.

1 minute ago, Rossi the Robin said:

Probably the previous seasons?

I was asking Glen...........:cool2:

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1 minute ago, glen humphries said:

What I watch every week 

Right......the same as many of us then, me included and I don’t share your opinion.

 I think that this season the Championship has several teams of similar calibre with no outstanding teams like Norwich were recently and that makes the league even more difficult division to get out of.

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1 minute ago, Robbored said:

Right......the same as many of us then, me included and I don’t share your opinion.

 I think that this season the Championship has several teams of similar calibre with no outstanding teams like Norwich were recently and that makes the league even more difficult division to get out of.

Fair enough driver , it’s all about opinions.

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12 minutes ago, Robbored said:

Plenty of clubs with similar strengths makes the Championship more interesting this season rather than one or two clubs way ahead of everyone else.

Pretty much every tv pundit thinks that the Championship is the hardest league to get out of and has been as difficult  for several seasons.

I was asking Glen...........:cool2:

PM him then

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When is Nagy back??????.

Our issues have been around some of our best players being injured and our squad stepping up (Which they have done superbly!)

Now Kalas is back we have one. Taylor Moore is a revelation (but stop taking him off) as is Ashley Williams.

Brownhill Naggy and the boy wonder is quite a midfield in theory and despite feeling like we need Afobi (who I have been told from sources close to the club that has a fighting chance for the run in IF things continue to go well!) 

Janneh may be back from Torquay if things go well and we don't gamble on a striker in Jan (Much like Semenyo last season).

Naggy is key right now and LJ is massively frustrated that every time he looks like there is progress The Hungarian FA step in and Eff it all up!

We are close to the top without Kalas Naggy Desilva Afobi and Smith. We need to hang on and stay close as we could have quite a team for the run in!!

 

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1 minute ago, wendyredredrobin said:

Leeds are pretty good, though have had a few poor results lately.  If anyone is going to run away with this league, I think it's the Baggies.

I agree they're pretty good, but not as good as everyone claims Bielsa is. And I think you're right about West Brom

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Think the frustration amongst City fans is the last two games were very winnable (especially when ahead in both) and was a real chance to rack up some points and put the pressure on the bigger clubs in the league.

We really should be sat top of the league right now which would allow us a bit of leeway when we come up against the likes of WBA and Forest over the coming weeks.

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22 minutes ago, Dolman_Stand said:

Think the frustration amongst City fans is the last two games were very winnable (especially when ahead in both) and was a real chance to rack up some points and put the pressure on the bigger clubs in the league.

We really should be sat top of the league right now which would allow us a bit of leeway when we come up against the likes of WBA and Forest over the coming weeks.

Cant see us winning a game until December with the run of fixtures coming up hope I'm wrong 

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Just now, Robin Wood said:

Cant see us winning a game until December with the run of fixtures coming up hope I'm wrong 

That's the spirit!

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2 hours ago, The Original OTIB said:

Funny old game, this really is a tough division. 

Looking at the results for the last 5 games our record is as good as any team in the top 6, as you say everyone is finding it tough to go on a long winning run.

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15 minutes ago, Robin Wood said:

Cant see us winning a game until December with the run of fixtures coming up hope I'm wrong 

Now that is a ridiculous statement if ever I heard one, that will surely bite you on the a*se. 

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1 hour ago, AshtonGreat said:

What's annoying is that Leeds are top, which means the Bielsa arse-kissing is gonna continue. And they're not even all that. 

The longer Leeds stay top the less Nketiah will feature, could mean he gets frustrated there

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2 hours ago, Robbored said:

Right......the same as many of us then, me included and I don’t share your opinion.

 I think that this season the Championship has several teams of similar calibre with no outstanding teams like Norwich were recently and that makes the league even more difficult division to get out of.

Was a 3 horse race for much of the season. Title race to the last day.

Norwich were the best side but not the standout IMO. Actually think the top 3 were the best 3, decently so- but playoffs can always shake it up!

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It's the hope that kills you, and the frustration for me.

We all know it's a topsy turvy league, we all know anyone can beat anyone, we all know there is a long old way to go still.

As i've said before, I feel like we are where we are. We have quality, we are organised, but draw specialists don't go up. 

I understand the frustration, because I feel it too, that recent performances have been poor and if we had a fully fit squad, Afobe, Kalas, Nagy, JD, we could be top of the league now, and that is truly frustrating.

But we are where we are, this current 11 is a solid upper mid table one - to consistently challenge we all know we need those players back and additions in Jan, if possible.

This is my opinion and i'm saving the heartache by setting my expectations accordingly, until we are at full strength, 5th or 6th is our best shout.

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We are doing ok, sixth in the table but the last two games has not been good. Both Wigan and Barnsley had many more shoots than us. Barnsley game Bentley saved us as many times before. We were 2-0 up but Barnsley as Wigan were better than us. We concede goals on corners, Famara is really missing to head away setpieces  in our own half. Famara gets lot of sticks but he is very important in the defensive. The leauge is hard to tell, we can be top six. If we can hang on until the injuried players comes back think we can make it.

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  1. We could drop 6 places by next Sunday
  2. We have not enough decent cover for many of our first team injuries
  3. We still need to sign a proven striker from this league or above, this is a priority as our current missing/injured loanee has proved.
  4. This div could be ours for the taking this season but we need to step up and invest this next transfer window...no excuses.
  5. No more "square pegs in round holes" LJ and no more sitting back, we need to step up and take it, if we want it.

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8 minutes ago, glos old boy said:
  1. We could drop 6 places by next Sunday
  2. We have not enough decent cover for many of our first team injuries
  3. We still need to sign a proven striker from this league or above, this is a priority as our current missing/injured loanee has proved.
  4. This div could be ours for the taking this season but we need to step up and invest this next transfer window...no excuses.
  5. No more "square pegs in round holes" LJ and no more sitting back, we need to step up and take it, if we want it.

well said sir

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6 minutes ago, glos old boy said:
  1. We could drop 6 places by next Sunday
  2. Nothing is won or lost in November
  3. We have not enough decent cover for many of our first team injuries
  4. Im sure that applies at many clubs 
  5. We still need to sign a proven striker from this league or above, this is a priority as our current missing/injured loanee has proved.
  6. Where from? The strikers tree?
  7. This div could be ours for the taking this season but we need to step up and invest this next transfer window...no excuses.
  8. January is certainly not the time to do serious business. Clubs who do are usually desperate and players are more expensive because decent quality ones are rare
  9. No more "square pegs in round holes" LJ and no more sitting back, we need to step up and take it, if we want it.
  10. LJ has no choice currently with several decent players suspended or injured.

 

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1 hour ago, glos old boy said:
  1. We could drop 6 places by next Sunday
  2. We have not enough decent cover for many of our first team injuries
  3. We still need to sign a proven striker from this league or above, this is a priority as our current missing/injured loanee has proved.
  4. This div could be ours for the taking this season but we need to step up and invest this next transfer window...no excuses.
  5. No more "square pegs in round holes" LJ and no more sitting back, we need to step up and take it, if we want it.

1- irrelevant in November. 
2- people were saying our squad was too big. It’s very difficult to legislate for so many players being out at once - yet we are still in touch with the top places. 
3- we DID sign a proven striker. He got injured. 
4- spending money in January is never easy, value wise. 
5- have you not noticed how many players are out..? Sometimes it just needs doing and despite this, we are still challenging. 
I’m sure that LJ is just as keen to not need to have to do this.  

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The only square peg in a round hole is possibly Rowe? But that is pushing it considering he came in as cover for a number of positions and we have a number of injuries.

Who else is consistently played out of position? Maybe Weimann out wide, but that’s about it? 

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17 hours ago, Davefevs said:

Could do with Stoke beating West Brom, and Charlton and Preston drawing.

Yes other results went our way and a bit more luck today probably makes Friday draw not so bad 

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