When things go wrong you have to learn from your mistakes. Sacking the manager is senseless and the players have to take some responsibility for Stoke and last night.
I hope someone on the playing side is taking a good look at Preston. Over the past few seasons they have gone under the radar, but always seem to be near the play-offs come the end of the season. When they came to LR this season they were almost in the bottom three and completely tore us a new one. Last night they turned over Middlesborough and are in shooting distance of the play-offs.
They are probably operating on 50% of the budget we have but appear to have an agreed playing style and they get players to work to that and a manager who sees through the game plan.
I have been going since the early 70's and Sat and last night were as poor as I can remember. I am heading back to the US and thinking this team are in trouble and staring at relegation. I love this club and will be back for the Bolton game and I hope last night is a big wake up call for the manage and the players.
Have been in the US since the summer and arrived back this week and going to the game on Sat.
I have watched the carnage in the US political system, but that was evened-out in the mid-term elections. Watching the madness this morning, it looks like a Tory coup by the ERG and other right-wing nut-cases.
I am no Tory, but May has to see them off before they throw this country under the bus!
Bristol City didn’t have to work too hard for that 3-0 win tonight. First goal killed us with Bidwell no where to be seen at full back and Ingram making a mess of it. You could sense it was going to be a poor night after that. Washington does what he does best and misses golden opportunities - why he is still at the club is a mystery. Game plan seemed to be to hit it long but with Washington and Eze the only targets that was just dumb and stupid. I would have preferred to see Smith and Smyth up top if we were hitting it long. The midfield were all over the place and Leistner looked awful tonight. The only player who could claim to be a professional tonight is Baptiste. Met Martin O’ Neil after the game and he just laughed when I asked what he thought of the performance- sort of sums up the night.
And flood the team with decent loan players - we are going to League 1 whatever way you look at it. Yesterday's performance has been coming for months both home or away. Was never an Ollie fan but thought he should have been given more time and now it seems we have lowered the bar even further with McClaren. It's hard to remember enjoying a game at R's where I thought the tide was turning - just a slow burn as a consequence of poor club management. Been going since 1973 and it pains me to see my beloved R's falling into dis-repair and quite possibly towards oblivion in L1 and L2.
I note that they are close to selling two of their first team squad to Derby and Sheff Utd for circa £6.5M.
If you add other players they have sold over the last two seasons, such as Scott Hogan they have shifted nearly £30M in talent and have not weakened the squad. Good luck to them as they have a system that clearly works.
This lad was highly thought of by Watford before the new owners came in and was released two seasons ago. Only 23 and has played league 2 and non-league and has good form. He was worth a punt and will not be surprised to see him playing in the Championship.
Playing Bapiste at right-back? He got ripped apart for most of the game. He has been solid at CB and it was no surprise to see Lynch have an absolute nightmare of a game without the dependable Bapiste long side him. Also why play Matt Smith up front when there was no real effort to get wide and play the crosses that he feeds on. So frustrating from Holloway today as there was no reason to lose that game today although Villa did play with twelve men. The ref was inept and clueless.
It seems a wide-open division this season given we have just beaten two so called "high-flying" sides. Wolves and Sheff Utd were pretty ordinary against our high energy pressing game. Other fancied sides are struggling such as Fulham and sides such as Bristol City and Cardiff are on decent runs. Difficult to predict where it might end up as there are no sides like Newcastle or Brighton in in this season. With some vert decent players out at the moment I have to eat humble pie and say how well IH has done - we are starting to look hard to beat. Would be very happy with mid-table consolidation, but with players returning and maybe one or two additional players at Xmas is a play-off place starting to look realistic?