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  1. 76 points
    What a beauty...
  2. 76 points
  3. 68 points
    Absolutely superb today. Apart from the poor finish with his head first half. Not seen him play so well at home all season. Won most balls and held it up well. Passed it well and even went on some runs with the ball. What a handful. MOTM
  4. 65 points
    So we're the franchise. And they are the quirky, historical club full of identity. Alright, hold my beer lads. We are playing in our spiritual home ground, where we've played for nearly 120 years. Rovers traditional home is now stocked with flat pack furniture, whilst the team have scrounged around rugby grounds, and venues in ANOTHER CITY ENTIRELY. Our owner is Steve Landsdown, a local businessman who loves the club, has owned us for nearly 20 years and will pass his legacy onto his son. Rovers owner is Dwayne Sports PLC, a bunch of foreign chancers with no affiliation to the club who only bought it on the off chance of relocating it to South Gloucestershire, but now regret their decision and are desperate to get rid of them like a turd that won't flush. Our club anthem(s) were written by a local band who are supporters of the club. Goodnight Irene has absolutely nothing to do with Bristol Rovers and was in fact stolen from Plymouth Argyle after they sang it as a piss take. Our nickname the Robins is indeed shared by two other football league clubs, but I do believe we've been around as the Robins for longer than either of them (I stand to be corrected on that one). Rovers nickname of "the gas" was in fact invented by us as an insult so you can thank your artificial and boring neighbours for your quirky and unique nickname. As for the Pirates? Yeah OK, granted. But the pirate on your badge looks like a cross dressing fanny. So there. Ashton Alf, the Bristol Babes, John Atyeo, Norman Hunter bites your legs, the Ashton Gate Eight, Super Bob Taylor, the team of 1976, super Jacki from another planet, Tom Thumb, Fatty Wedlock, Drink up ye Cider, the Walshie shuffle, Bounce around the ground, East End agro, 118 years in the football league. Bristol City FC is a football club oozing with history and tradition. Sure, we've had to modernise to keep up with the rest of the footballing world but we're still BCFC, we still play at Ashton Gate in red and white, we are still the Robins and we have the same supporters. Your "identity" however, just consists of being a rag bag bunch of tramps who scrape by day to day by doing everything on the cheap. And whilst you might think that makes you cool and unique, it really doesn't. It just makes you stand out like a sore thumb as being an absolute failure of a football club, on life support, desperately trying to cling on to the tail coats of your bigger and better city rivals. So shove that in your pipe and smoke it, you bunch of ****s!!
  5. 64 points
    I will not support a franchise, and all this crap is making me seriously consider my season ticket renewal (s) Hate it that a lot of people are bending over for this corporate bullshit.
  6. 57 points
    My father was born in 1903 in Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valley, Glamorgan. His father, my grandfather, was born in Claverham, North Somerset about 1875 and taken as a young boy, by his father to South Wales. So my grandfather and father had relatives living in Coronation Road who they visited occasionally, coming to Hotwells by paddle steamer. On such occasions, if City were at home, all the males would walk the short distance to Ashton Gate. Thus my father told me about Billy Wedlock. He was short for a centre half but read the game extremely well, very quick over a few yards, (possibly quick reading of the game) and very good in the air against players much taller than him. He also mentioned that he was a natural leader and likened Geoff Merrick to him. The period for his visits to City would have been around 1910 to 1914, before the first World War. He came to live in Bristol in mid 1930's, an uneventful period at City but went when not working and/or funds available. He took me to my first City match on Good Friday 7th April 1950 against Aldershot. City won 2-0 and to say I was hooked is a big understatement. This Saturday will be the 69th anniversary of my indoctrination date. I'll take 2-0 again.
  7. 55 points
    hats of to u matt. you could have gone for goal but taking the ball to the corner showed a football brain and wasted time. good on you fella.
  8. 52 points
    But Rovers fans are pikeys, Your club is up shit creek, Without a pot to piss in, And less support each week. You made a corporate video, Included Ashton Gate, You thought that we’d be bothered, And might just get irate. We didn’t give a flying ****, In fact we took the piss, Increase your dwindling fan base, By shagging your own Sis. You edited our new badge, Predictably, like you do, By changing 1894, To 1982. Still longer than you’ve been a league club, And most GHS who are living, You really are pathetic Sags, This gift just keeps on giving.
  9. 51 points
    Brexit. Racist episodes have blown up since then
  10. 50 points
    We have not been good enough all season to be fair but we have gone about our business and got 3 points with most fans thinking wow 3 points played crap cant wait to see us play well and win 3 points"". It was essential to bring in actual talent from the goo f new season but nothing same old donkies in players like diediou and pack. Johnson has no talent to go next step and should of been gone end of last season after a poor poor final season table finish, some fans blamed the cup run so i ask what about this year. You cant have that excuse so what is it this year. Even if by stroke of luck and it will be pureply luck we scrape in the play offs there is no way we beat any team in those play offs. Tired of being the only club who has always been in with a shout to never get in the premier league.. Blackpool. Derby. huddersfield. Wigan. Stoke. Cardiff. Swansea. Reading. Qpr. Sunderland. Southampton. Burnley. Swindon. Wba.bradford Portsmouth list goes on theyve all been there. And yet we believe we are still getting better each year... Have a day off will you. JOHNSON OUT since 2017
  11. 49 points
    I think the vast majority of the credit for this season's showing (so far!) has to go to the head coach, not the owner. He lost his best three players and was not given the same resources to replace them. That point is indisputable. But the job he's done (so far!) has been just magnificent - and beyond realistic expectation.
  12. 45 points
    Hi lads/ladies a long time reader of OTIB it’s always an enjoyable read. I’ve never had such an urge to post until today! I’ve never really got the beef with villa fans. But after spending a couple of hours in Birmingham after the game today and speaking to a few villa fans Jesus they are big headed c***s who think they have some god given right to be in the premiership. Comments such as “this is your big day out coming to a premier league ground with premier league fans” or “no offence but it must be nice to watch a game of premier league standard” These fans are f’in deluded silent all game till they scored from a debatable penalty. Then go on like they’re to good for this league, boils my piss! We are overachieving yes but give us some credit. COYR!! anyway rant over thanks for reading my post...... cue robored ‘zzzz’
  13. 45 points
    Just watched the highlights again and as I remembered it, his physicality and hold up was absolutely vital to all three goals. Now I've defended him more than most, but even I thought he was well off the boil against Leeds and Ipswich, as if his touch and self-belief had deserted him. And when he's not playing well, because of the odd role he fulfills, it feels like some fans are never far off turning on him. So I hope those that don't rate his use of size or his contribution to the team took notice of the improvement and impact yesterday. I'm sure we're always working on how he shields the ball and brings others in, not his natural game as a striker in France, but it is having an effect. An on-form Fam leading the line was a massive part of our long winning run and many of the smash and grab wins on the road, often feeding off scraps. He is a long way off being our best player but you could certainly make a case that he will be our most pivotal one for the run in. One other observation (okay, starry eyed praise) - in many ways he is not the archetypal striker many expect a player of his appearance to be. He is not nasty, he is not ruthless, he is not selfish. But when you see how much he celebrates OTHERS scoring, his role all makes sense.
  14. 45 points
    Failing to see the issue here? We're advertising and promoting our club. Don't really understand how that's "shithousery" or indeed "cringe"
  15. 41 points
    I like it but it needs subtle changes. One I saw on Twitter that I think makes it look good.
  16. 40 points
    It has just been announced on the Burton Albion web site that the FA have given permission for Colin Daniel to go on emergency loan to Barnsley which means he will be available to play for them at the Mem on the 4th May for the last game of the season.... https://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/latestnews/colin-daniel-loan-barnsley
  17. 40 points
  18. 39 points
    I don't get lucky often but I have a real hunch that the club are going to use the new robin badge I drew and sent in.
  19. 38 points
    In my lifetime I don't recall a season with so many convincing away wins at tough places, today might be the best of the lot. With ten games to go, easily our hardest fixture left delivered a stunning 3 points and you couldn't say we didn't deserve it. Besides a dubious Blades opener waved on by pantomime anti-City ref Linnington, only a mid second half purple patch from the hosts made it a contest, otherwise it was all City, back from international break with a clear gameplan and lots of energy. City deserved both of their equalisers but given the visitors poor run its unlikely that anyone at Bramall Lane anticipated that we had a winner in us, and yet after finally fading 55 minutes in, City somehow round a decisive second wind led by their subs. As in the home fixture against the Blades, Johnson radically changed the team to a rare 3-5-2 to counter their shape, giving an extraordinary return to long term injury victim Korey Smith. Bar a rusty touch or two, Smith and Pack took over midfield. In the third minute a well worked spell of City passing gave Brownhill a sighter from 20 yards, his low shot flashing beyond the far post with Diedhiou closing in to turn home. And yet with just about their only first half attack the hosts went in front. Wright chopped down McGoldrick way out on the left and from Fleck's free kick Billy Sharp crashed in at the far post to bundle a header home. Diedhiou, so often a first ball star at set pieces, was shoved to the ground but ref Linnington saw nothing. Despite that, City dominated possession, only to give the ball away cheaply every time we got players forward, due to poor final passes. It would be a feature of City all day, the win may have been by more if we had been less profligate in attack. And yet we still dominated chances. On 13 Brownhill's shimmy made room for a tame low shot at keeper. 4 minutes later Korey pushed forward, shaped to shoot, then rolled it to Fam who turned a marker and saw a shot blocked at close range Albeit 1-0 down, it was all City, and just a minute later Pack took his time in midfield before picking out Brownhill making a run across the edge of the box, City's young midfielder hitting a first time curling shot, tipped wide of the angle of post and bar On 21 we broke dangerously via Weimann, and then Diedhiou on the left, the ball was spread out right to full back Hunt who lost it at the first attempt, but Korey recovered and returned it to Hunt. His cross found Weimann at the near post to head wide. Inside 30 minutes City produced the move of the half, patiently probing wing to wing led by Pack. Hunt's deep cross was cut out, but a second found Weimann coming short to glance a looping backwards header over the keeper into the far corner. The equaliser was no more than City had deserved and minutes later the visitors had their tails up, rallying, Weimann twice got in behind their backline, the second time laying it back to the onrushing Pack whose low curling shot was easy to save. The half fizzled out with City comfortably on top, indeed in injury time Brownhill's free kick from the left wing was straight into the grateful keepers hands - the City midfielder would go much closer in the second half with a sensational set piece. After the break it was still all City. On 47 a deep ball found Diedhiou right of the box and a smart first touch took him inside his marker and squared it across the six yard box to Weimann, who made the mistake of taking an extra touch, the ball cut out. Two minutes later a brilliant move led by Korey worked down the right channel, the ball then fed inside to Pack centre of goal who made room but a loose unnecessary extra touch yet again squandered the ball cheaply when the shot was opening up. On 51 City intercepted the ball on the left, switching it inside to Korey breaking fast down the middle, his low shot easy for the keeper. On 53 we broke again, Brownhill's ambitious shot from the right deflected to Weimann who tested the keeper down low. And suddenly that was it. City had bossed well over a half of football and yet all of a sudden Sheff Utd were hitting back. City couldn't clear their lines, as poor touches around our own box allowed the hosts to put the visitors under sustained pressure. A brief respite at the midway point in the half saw City break, feed Weimann, who was cut down as he shot. Now Brownhill's central free kick - after a long build up - would crash unerringly off the inside of the post with keeper rooted to his spot. Yet it was all Blades and with 20 left they took a lead their belated purpose scarcely deserved. Breaking down the left they cut inside and spread it to their open man on the other side, Baldock beat Dasilva to the byline and cut back for Hogan to head in. Given that City had all but disappeared as a force from about 53 minutes, you sensed this was the start of the quiet capitulation. But LJ threw on Palmer and Paterson and almost immediately the away side found a new spark that their endeavour deserved. Quarter of an hour left Kasey Palmer ran in from the left to dink a well weighted ball over the top to Diedhiou who did brilliantly to turn and hold it up at the near post and spot Weimann's run - unselfishly flicking it to the far post for the Austrian to hook in. And just over 5 minutes on and City raced into a first lead their performance deserved. The energetic Weimann strode out of midfield, exchanged passes with Diedhiou, collected the return, skipped clear of the last man and lashed past the keeper. By a the packed away end it was the cue for delirium as City's players mobbed the hat trick hero in front their jubilant massed ranks. And the energetic visitors saw out the last ten minutes with little incident as the Blades wasted chance after chance. And so it was another remarkable stop off on City's amazing run of improbable away wins - this one against the highest ranked team LJ's men have conquered on the road. And it was exactly what we deserved after dominating at Bramall Lane. Besides being on a typically poor run, City has a reputation for coming out of international breaks flat but you could not say that today as Johnson had his team playing the better football and in Korey proved that this squad has much more to give. O'Leary 6 Still a suspect position, some flapping and parrying earlier but kicking was good and handling finished strong when we were under attack, which was crucial Wright 6 Threw himself into everything, gave away a few silly fouls and passes but streetwise to the end Kalas 6 Got stronger as the game went on Webster 6 Important part of our build out of defence but one or two loose passes Hunt 6 Great cross for our opener - he is always a threat going forward, but positioning suspect at the back several times, albeit he was streetwise at the end Dasilva 8 One of our best players, besides not cutting out the cross for their second, to my eyes he was brilliant in and out of possession, an absolute terrier Smith 7 A couple of horror rusty touches to give it away - we wasted the ball when in advanced positions so often it could've been much more comfortable if we hadn't - but for the most part his energy and his drive from in front of our back four was a long missed asset, at times he seemed to have engaged Man Utd mode to run on in forward positions he has no right to be in Pack 7 Bar a couple of loose passes he was calm, composed and ran the midfield Brownhill 6 Besides a brilliant free kick I thought he was the weakest of the midfield and didn't really get his foot on the ball enough Weimann 9 A sensational performance that was headlined not by the goals but by the energy - he never stopped running for balls from start to finish. An absolute bundle of energy. He's done is all season without reward so this was all well earned. Diedhiou 7 Horribly isolated at times and largely anonymous first half but his critics will probably choose to ignore his vital role second half - his strength and quick thinking for our second were the highlight of the game Palmer 8 Has been hit and miss as a sub if late, today his impetus was absolutely integral to our second lease of life Paterson 6 Another part of the spark we needed albeit his own forward touches or passes weren't significant Baker 6 Didn't have to do much but such a positive to see LJ sending on a centre back to see out a game, the sort of sub I want to see the manager making more of
  20. 37 points
    This is exactly why I have stopped watching football at that level. Most fans are BREXIT UKIP morons ...
  21. 36 points
    Yes, it’s Gary Johnson who has taken Torquay from nowhere to promotion, as champions, from the National League South. You can’t keep a good man down
  22. 35 points
    Think yourself lucky. I fell for the whole 'we're getting a new stadium' thing for years!
  23. 31 points
    My father was betting ocasionally and I was watching league tables cause I love football, since I was born. Back then City were in the third league in that fight with Schuntorphe for the two places. Notts was strong enough too, and I knew their story about 1978-1981 and first i put my eyes on them and i asked my dad to do some bets for me and I won some good money. Butttttt, City had a very nice run and i was betting every matchday on them and other teams from England and just like that I started to search for info about every player and I started to be a bit happy for every win, and after that you know.... that great championship start with Lee Trundle, it was a black stricker Byfield or something that and Michael McIndoe which was nice to watch sometimes cause streaming back then was .... unavailable. I remember a game when Scott Fontaine or Steve Mccombe against Crystal palace scored in stoppage time and it was on TV. Anyway, after that from season to season i cared more and more about this team and yes, I may be not on the stadium and maybe I am not a real supporter like you are guys, but when your hands are shaking and you have gosebumps and your heart goes out of your chest... for sure you have feelings about this team and you can be called a supporter of that team. Now this win made me go back to my football manager carrer with bristol city where in the second season as manager i finished second in premier league haha, I love english football, dont know why but I feel like is the home of football.
  24. 31 points
    Brilliant, labelling a third of the season as relegation form based on 10 games that haven't been played.
  25. 30 points
    The Gods giveth and the Gods taketh away: in this case Villa gave and the ref took away. At 2pm Grealish and Kodjia were out and suddenly City had scope to control in form opponents - which for the most part they did, until ref Scott Duncan took over. From what looked a gift, City found that fortune can quickly change to misfortune, the ref turning in an extraordinary display of home officiating. We'd been the more inventive first half and in control, yet ended up chasing a game we were on top in. Duncan disallowed a perfectly good goal and awarded a penalty for feeble contact, a foot up for Villa they never looked back on. True El Ghazi caused lots of problems on our right and O'Leary was stunning in goal, but really only the ref separated us. Aside from City's disallowed goal it was a direct Villa side - quick balls to the wing - who went closest in the first period, but that cannot take away from a well drilled City that like so many of our away games was in control - until the refs intervention. Given Villa's absences we went attacking from the off and in the 1st minute Eliasson nicked the ball and found space to run on centrally only to drag a shot wide. A set of scrappy Villa corners added up to little but then both sides exchanged huge chances. After 10 minutes Matty Taylor, back in the side, steered a header wide right at close range after a City break sprung Eliasson on the left. Two minutes later O'Leary had parried an El Ghazi shot after a left wing cross and Adomah headed onto the post. By now ref Duncan was already starting to show his homely attitude, racing cards out for Pack and then Taylor whilst waving on Villa indiscretions. And on 25 he'd wrongly rule out City's opener, Weimann's looping a near post header in off Eliasson's cross. City were incensed and rightly so but they continued to press and just two minutes later a quick long ball over the top allowed Diedhiou to control and quickly find room away from his marker to fire off a hurried low shot which was loose and wide. Again the game swung the other end and on the half hour O'Leary produced a point blank stunning save - his first of several - as once again El Ghazi had room to cross from the left but Hourihane's header was incredibly beaten away by City's keeper . Before half time a Villa midfielder blatantly handballed in City's half to start an attack and once again ref Duncan was in full on homer mode letting play continue, McGinn winning a free kick on the edge of the box, that Hourihane fired spectacularly wide. After the restart City again started faster, Hunt breaking into space on the right and a ball over the top getting Weimann clear to force a fierce shot that was deflected for a corner in front of the massed, noisy City fans. Pack headed the corner wide. By contrast the 39000 Villa fans had been remarkably silent - easily the quietest sell out City may ever be involved in - but they would rally soon enough and the ref again come to their rescue, this time where man of the match O'Leary had stopped them. First on 50 the young City keeper flapped at an Adomah shot but recovered quickly to again brilliant beat away Hourihane's right footed effort at close range. But it produced a series of corners from which the hosts were given a fortuitous opening. Out of nothing Hourihane tumbled feebly near Hunt in the box and amazingly, a ref that had shown stunning inconsistency in addressing defensive marshalling at either end (Diedhiou regularly wrestled all over) decided this constituted a clear penalty. The Villa Park record breaking sponsored silence was rewarded as City's ex loanee Tammy Abraham fired a fortuitous penalty home. Just a minute later and battling City nearly equalised, a high ball over the top finding Weimann clear, only to lash over. If that highlighted how close the contest was - in sharp contrast to City's previous seasons here - then in truth LJ's brand of solid, fine margin football away from home was already out the window thanks to the ref and finally Villa would find their feet. After the hour O'Leary saved from McGinn from yet another left wing cross, and then Hourihane headed over off the endless El Ghazi supply. On 65 again El Ghazi found too much space on the left, fed Hourihane who drilled a low shot into the far corner. By now City were chasing the game while feeble referee Duncan, who'd separated the teams decisively, preened, ran round waving away fouls on City, and yet teared into any opportunity to book or flag City for touching their 'in form' Midlands rivals. City hit back quickly - no less than they deserved - as we pressed the home back line, Brownhill nodded it over the top, the tireless Diedhiou slashing past the keeper. 2-1 but not quite "game on" as it was the referee not the teams that set the tone. And that was the problem, City having to chase the game against 12 men, would be too much for us on a good day, let alone one where we seemed to be off target on all our final balls. And so the final minutes were yet more El Ghazi left wing assault. He teed up Taylor and Davis, whilst for us, still plugging away in Villa's silent stadium, Fam had a shot blocked after good work by sub Palmer, while fellow sub Baker put a header high and wide from Weimann's reverse. That was as good as it got. In the final ten minutes now buoyant Villa - you can thank the ref for that - drew save after save from the outstanding O'Leary, thought it barely registered with their still largely silent 39000 supporters. Jedniak, McGinn, and Davis would all go close. In the end City could have been beaten by more - failing to deal with El Ghazi in both halves and every chance (and there was a lot) came from their left. Yet City has had a season weathering such storms away, it was the ref that made the real difference. O'Leary 9 Not just his best performance in a City shirt but bar a preference to punch was the best from any keeper since Basso Hunt 4 Love the guy who was effective against WBA but he rolled the red carpet out for El Ghazi today, we were abused by Villa solely from their constant crosses from the left wing, never once got a grip Da Silva 7 Not the heights of Tuesday but still worked hard and avoided mistakes or time afforded on the other flank Kalas 7 Mostly solid under an awful lot of pressure and movement, was pulled out of position a lot, relished playing teammate Abraham who I thought he made look very average when the ref let him compete Webster 6 For the most part looked classy running out of defence as per, but he gave it away twice in terrible positions and did not offer much support to stem the flow from Villa's left Pack 5 Usual stuff from Pack - was in and amongst it when we looked good and able to move the ball, but give him it 25 yards out at speed and he is so slow to work out what he wants to do with it, we invariably went backwards Brownhill 6 Had a hand in our goal, always looked like he wanted it even at two down, only criticism like Pack perhaps didn't do enough to disrupt Villa's direct balls from the right, but the ref made it very hard to Eliasson 6 Some dangerous interventions in the first 15 minutes and had earned his start after Tuesday but compared to that he became quite lightweight at times and desire to cut in and cross with his left a bit too obvious and easy to block Weimann 6 Had his moments against his old team and he ran in behind them a few times to good effect but part of a front 2 that were all too often off cue in the final exchange ball, albeit he nearly equalised and had a perfectly good goal ruled out Taylor 5 Love the culture that exists with loving everything he stands for as a leader and shithouser extraordinaire but it is so obvious he is a league below the players around him in both speed and presence Diedhiou 6 Touch was off for at least an hour but he kept going and his desire in the final moments was all important if we had a chance of beating the twelve men Baker 5 Gave us the change of shape but didn't add much besides his one attacking header that he flashed wide, and arguably we were even worse last 20 but then the ref had got Villa's tails up Palmer 6 A number or smart balls over the top or through the backline on the floor, but nothing was coming off and no one was on the same wavelength Paterson 5 On too late to have any effect Postscript: my apologies to Abraham who I wrongly accused on Twitter of diving for the pen - the Villa lower tier oddly dished out first to City fans offers an awful view of the football and was hard to see from the other end who bought the refs affections, nonetheless worth saying Tammy looked often easily bumped off the ball or out of control, perhaps why the referee was so sympathetic all game in a way which he never afforded to Diedhiou at the other end
  26. 30 points
    Just like his Dad!!
  27. 30 points
    Yessssssss. Great game Da silva, great game fammy, great game webster. My fingers are still shaking. I am happy. Nice derby to lose bad boro to win but we have one game in hand. Damn, with the two points from last matchday we will had been so comfortable 7 points in front. We still great, if we win at Villa which is hard, we make 100% the playoffs. Thanks for this great game, finally i see on tv a great game and I look forward to buy a fly ticket and a ticket for a game in Premier League next year. Who knows, maybe this is our year. Greetings from Romania, guys. I ll be tired for work tomorrow but it is Worthing.
  28. 29 points
    There is a vault beneath the training ground called one for the future. A whole team is in that vault.
  29. 28 points
    When you have marlon pack and diediou in your team what do you expect. Worst 5.2million ever spent. But we dont splash cash so we have had to stick with him. IIll bet £50 in pints or cash with anyone pack wont be about come december next year. Walsh and smith and even morrell a start soaking up the games
  30. 28 points
    The hatred from the Far Right around Brexit has breathed life into secret racists
  31. 27 points
    Some people on this thread are hilarious. Came on and moved the ball well, had a decent long ranged shot first half, few nice crosses and did a job defensively. Was he a amazing? No. But what do you expect from someone who hasn’t played in months and hasn’t had a run of games in a city shirt. The kid clearly has ability just needs some experience at this level.
  32. 27 points
    We have to go up at some point, even if it turns out to be a disaster on the pitch, to even be able to compete financially in the Championship. Unlike some who implode off the back of a Premier league stint, I honestly believe that getting there, just for one season, initially, would be the making of this club (under SL’s guidance) and make us serious challengers on our return to the Championship.
  33. 27 points
    If you have watched City for any amount of time you will be used to massive excitement being the prelude to complete capitulation. After a stunning victory on the road at second place Sheffield United, this always looked like a second exertion too many in 4 days. As bad as Middlesbrough’s form has been, talking to people in the North East tonight, they were expecting City to get bombarded. Yet we got the polar opposite: a second consecutive imperious away performance putting us right back in the promotion shake up. The game was full of mistakes, but ultimately it swung end to end - and if any team could move the ball smartly it was Bristol City. We carved Boro open time and again, their defence offering little resistance - it was at the other end that City earned their stripes. City dealt with periods of bombardment - Wright and Kalas stopping 2 certain goals - but we also tore through Boro on the break. In the end, after surviving an end-to-end first half, City, roared on by their irrepressible 200 fans, became comfortable second half. Yes first half City rode their luck and cleared off the line, but in the second half we were more energetic and hungrier for the result. The game started scrappily but City showed ingenuity, a brilliant Weimann flick putting Paterson clear to setup Dasilva at a corner. Boro were sharper on the wings and after City gave it away, O’Leary made a brilliant 19th minute block with Shotton clear through. Midway point in the half, Boro should have stormed in front, Kalas clearing off the line not once but twice from Howson and Fletcher. And immediately Brownhill won a central free kick at the other end, and in a carbon copy of Saturday, forced the keeper to tip wide. On the half hour Weimann’s run won a corner after good work from Wright, and Dasilva found Webster at the corner to power home! At 1-0 up City should have gone further in front. On 34 Brownhill raced in and spread to Dasilva whose low show was bundled away. On 39 we steamed forward via the all action Wiemann, who fed Brownhill to run at the defence and force a save with a curling shot. By now all action Weimann was clearly struggling with injury, yet put clean through by Paterson he’d draw defenders and curl wide. With minutes left in the half, City produced the move of this season, as Diedhiou and Weimann intercepted Boro and raced upfield. Again City looked electric on the break and Fam exchanged with Weimann before rolling to Paterson, whose shot was beaten away. A minute from the half Boro had their second clear cut opportunity, now Wright clearing off Assombalonga’s foot with an open goal! And seconds later Boro broke again to get Jonny Howson into space on the right, O’Leary standing up to beat away his fierce shot. By comparison to an end to end first half, the second 45 minutes was tame, with chances at a premium and City on top throughout. City had thrown on Korey Smith for a hobbling Weimann and it signalled an intention to close ranks, to play even more on the break. Though Boro always threatened to pour forward and level the match, in truth the visitors shut down the second period as a contest. On 51 the hosts should have equalised: a brilliant free kick move with touch passes tearing into City, Assombalonga hitting the post. But minutes later Diedhiou held it up to release Webster on a barnstorming run, his shot beaten away, Hunt firing over the rebound. Inside an hour Boro caught City cold again, racing forward from a scrappy spell, Howson’s raking shot on the run was high and wide. To City’s benefit, the game grew increasingly scrappy and chances were harder to come by as both sides clattered into one another. After 70 Pack missed the chance of the half in another stunning break: Dasilva intercepting, Diedhiou holding up, and Pack racing on. City’s midfielder had been our most wasteful, but he drew midfielders, exchanged with Dasilva - then steered a shot agonisingly wide. In any case by now City were defending robustly, and the introduction of Lloyd Kelly just added class to the visitors rear guard action. Into the final ten minutes the away side were literally under assault from corners and shots, but always looked comfortable clearing. With minutes remaining Boro’s fans lost hope as the hosts became more and more wasteful, a fine move ending in a ball out of play. Amazingly City finished the game on top in injury time, Diedhiou finding his touch to hold it up and bundle past defenders three times. In the 4th of 5 minutes of injury time the warrior-like striker again won it in an advanced position, squaring to Brownhill who fired over. At the final whistle a minute later, Diedhiou collapsed to the floor yards from the away section, his efforts rewarded with three points. Winning at second place Sheff Utd had been spectacular and surprising, but at Boro the 3 points had been hard fought and deserved. City were always on top with their counter attacking football and at the back were far more robust and convincing than nervous Boro. Pulis, ridiculed by travelling fans throughout (home fans joining in too) uses centre backs everywhere, who were easily outmanoeuvred. LJ sent him back to the dinosaur age with a smash and grab away win that actually owed more to our quality with and without the ball! O’Leary 7 Solid throughout but scrapes 7 as his tendency to punch rather than save was a liability at times that could’ve been found out Wright 8 Close to man of the match, our most tireless defender, first half he roamed everywhere in his half to cut out Boro attacks Kalas 8 Double clearance first half was sublime, and was clearing up all day long, wanted to win, and the absolute heart of our defence Webster 8 Sublime performance against old City hero Flint - won everything at the back, raced upfield at will, and crashed in the winner Hunt 6 Probably not the same attacking contribution he has made in other City wins away - like Saturday - but rarely threatened Dasilva 9 Getting better and better, didn’t put a foot wrong with and without the ball, was up and down the pitch to good effect all day Pack 5 Bar easily the best chance of the second half that he did brilliantly on, was oddly a weak link, careless with passing repeatedly Brownhill 6 Pushed forward when Korey came on, he provided his usual energy and all action football without much threat on the ball Paterson 7 Like Pack the odd loose touch in possession was frustrating, but Pato at least showed poise to keep threading passes Weimann 7 Picked off after Saturday with some stunning counter attacking runs, carving open Boro and teeing up teammates Diedhiou 8 Rarely had chances but after Saturday more of the same, a foil for everything and commanding hold up in the last half Smith 6 Yet another surprise inclusion after injury, battled strongly and energy got in some amazing forward positions before injury struck Kelly 7 Can we ever be in a position to bring on a defender of his quality with time ticking down? So comfortable and classy tidying up Baker 7 Had little time on the pitch but a few vital headers and clearances. A revelation to have LJ throwing on defenders to win games
  34. 26 points
    Step 1. Don’t buy them.
  35. 26 points
    Matty Taylor against Wigan while 2-1 up decided to have a short corner to try to keep possession and promptly lost possession and as we know they went down the other end and got an equalizer, Last night while through on goal decided to head for the corner instead of scoring, Sir Geoff Hurst in the world cup final in the same position thought that he would just hit it as hard as he could and if it went wide it would waste time but in fact flew into the net for his hat-trick. As a Striker shouldn't Matty have tried to score ? This holding on and not trying to score another goal is not good, in fact if Matty had have scored 4-2 sounds a lot better than 3-2 lets have some guts and try to score when we have a chance rather than just keep possession if you have a chance to score TAKE IT !
  36. 26 points
    Class tonight. Makes everything look effortless. If we can get him for £2m that's an absolute bargain
  37. 26 points
    Not for the first time there was violent scenes at Ashton Gate yesterday but yet again no arrest,. Why are the Police reluctant to prosecute other sporting fans but go after football fans with such vigor with early morning raids and announcing it on social media with such glee like you’ve arrested Europe’s most wanted.. It is not my perception that football fans are treated differently to Rugby fans but it is plain to see it is a matter of fact .
  38. 25 points
    RIP to my father in law today. He was a Gashead but one of the nicest gentlemen I’ve ever met .
  39. 25 points
    When your plan's watertight but your stadium's still shite That's the rovers. When you play in the cup Your fans still don't turn up That's the rovers WAQ's supposed to be rich but he's still Landowns' bitch That's the rovers Coz you'll always be shite we're almost out of sight You're the rovers I thank you.
  40. 25 points
    Trying to promote our club is cringey? Don't see what's wrong with this....
  41. 24 points
    It would make mine.
  42. 24 points
    It was well advertised so it’s your fault not the club, what you should of done is renew then ask to move when the general sale period hit stop blaming the club for your own mistakes
  43. 24 points
    Can I retract my vote for champagne moment of the season please? I now vote for Matty Taylor running it to the corner flag at 90+3 instead of going for goal when clean through
  44. 24 points
    When away fans get damp And you’re playing a tramp That’s the Rovers Where Tom Nicholls can’t score And you sing of a whore That’s the Rovers When you’re home no-one cares And your top boys wear flares That’s the Rovers When you check on City Cuz you’re green with envy That’s the Rovers With a tent for a stand And a squad from Poundland That’s the Rovers When your sponsors a pub Your the 6th richest club That’s the Rovers When your fans are in tears Cuz it’s been 18 years That’s the Rovers When you often punch horses And had two divorces That’s the Rovers When your grounds a cess pit It’s unlucky da shit That’s the Rovers Where your football’s inept And you’re riddled with debt That’s the Rovers When you fall through the floor At 16:54 That’s the Rovers
  45. 24 points
    Looking forward to this game. Dropping points today was a big kick in the nuts but Derby’s draw limited the damage. We are in an amazing position, with only 7 games to play. I’m proud that despite losing 2 keepers, with little options in midfield and upfront and a few nightmare winless runs we are on the verge of making the playoffs. It’s now up to the players, us fans and management to pick our chins up, dust ourselves down and bring it home. Let’s do this
  46. 24 points
    Please let’s not have this thread turn into bashing the lad. He’s young and has been thrust into an intense battle for the playoffs, in the very unlikely adversarial circumstance of both our senior goalkeepers being injured. There isn’t anywhere to hide when you’re in goal.
  47. 24 points
    Nope, sorry but I’m not having that in the slightest. You encroach on the playing surface in light of recent events at games and you deserve everything you get. I understand how elated you might be but you simply cannot go on the pitch. It really is as simple as that. Those fans have ruined what should’ve been a memorable away day for themselves.
  48. 23 points
    Mihai just popped in to see the pre match news Assuming you are totally genuine, (which you appear to be ) If we were to make the PO Final I will pay for your flight from Bucharest Im sure between us we can make sure you have a ticket too Keep the faith, and big respect
  49. 23 points
    Marcus Stewart is a City fan, probably just using his season ticket. Darrell Clarke is going out with one of the Police dogs working at the Gate tonight.
  50. 23 points
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