All posts tagged with: Steve Cotterill

Utopianism at MK Dons?

Pete Winkelman’s dallying, idealistic approach to manager recruitment following Karl Robinson’s dismissal, is symbolic of the football MK Dons are playing this season. On the pitch, they appear reluctant to pass forward for fear of giving the ball away. They wait and hope for the perfect moment to attack, which does not arise due to the lack of proactivity and invention. In… Read more →

Bristol City Season Preview: Tomlin’s talent

Bristol City went into last season with, perhaps, a false sense of security. They continued to play the expansive football that brought them an emphatic promotion the previous year and were caught out against better opposition, only a mid-season change of shape and manager improving results. Can the Robins soar once again? Or does another relegation battle await? The… Read more →

Brentford v Bristol City: The Mavericks

Both of these teams can take encouragement from their recent performances. Following Bristol City’s 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, manager Lee Johnson praised star performer Lee Tomlin: “Bristol City fans love a maverick, don’t they? Sometimes he looked like a pub player in his frame…” The initial description of an amateur footballer who enjoys ’90s country… Read more →

The Mega FA Cup Third Round Preview

Here are The Football Lab’s previews for all 32 of the weekend’s FA Cup ties. Holders Arsenal kick-start their defence of the trophy when they host Sunderland, who are battling relegation in the Premier League. Steve Evans and Neil Redfearn meet their old club when Leeds play Rotherham, as does Dean Smith when his Brentford side welcome Walsall. Northampton face MK Dons… Read more →