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  1. 41 points
    I honestly do try to avoid veering from one extreme to another or engaging in hyperbole but that really was the most convincing and commanding performance under LJ. Every player was better than their opposite number (Kelly frighteningly so), every second or loose ball was pounced on by us, and finally we moved the ball short and quick. Yes Swansea looked casual and behaved like they just needed to turn up, but it owed a lot to City's relentless energy, that left them like we often look - devoid of passing options. But you just can't underplay City's display, a lot of the game was utterly one sided before they got Fer on, their chances non-existent, ours arriving in bursts across 70 minutes. Eliasson was the standout attacking player on the pitch, he was everywhere, this was his Championship arrival, and no surprise he setup a stunning opener within 30 seconds. An early ball put the Swede in behind their static defence on the left and he raced to the byline and slid an inviting ball across the keeper, Weimann reacting fast to bundle in. A capacity away end did not need anymore invitation to roar their approval and from the word go City's tails were up, dominating an ex-Premiership opponent who never settled. Watkins headed just wide after the illusive Eliasson again got to byline and pulled back, in response Swansea wasted a soft free kick - after a high foot on Weimann was ignored. But City won an identical free kick in the left channel on their next attack as Watkins was cut down, and that man Eliasson's swerving dipping shot was desperately beaten away. Despite their dominance against a lethargic Swansea, City had to regroup as Watkins went off afrer the earlier challenge, though arguably with O'Dowda they were stronger. The best move of the half arrived soon after as City fashioned a series of clear chances in a minute - started from a probing move that switched the ball patiently around the box. Having started on the right, the ball made it to Eliasson on the left, he worked defenders before City retreated, returning on the right, Hunt's cross deep to Eliasson to force a save. Almost immediately O'Dowda would slip in Weimann and reminiscent of City's opener, he was close to forcing home, and from the block O'Dowda himself nearly followed in. Before the end of the half City again got in on the flank, crossing from the right to the near post where Eliasson's run forced the keeper to claim untidily under pressure. At the other end a completely shackled and frustrated Swansea's first serious attempt saw a long range shot drift wide of City's right hand post, in front of bouyant away fans. City had one more chance before half time, Taylor chased a deep ball on the right, held it up and layed it back to O'Dowda who raced towards the box before drawing a fine save. In injury time even Maenappa got in on the act, Swansea finally breaking in numbers to find room on their left, but their quick cross was claimed brilliantly by the Finn in a crowd. After a one sided first half, City sat in for the opening exchanges of the second half to see what Swansea would do, but amazingly City would go on to again dominate the chances. From an Eliasson free kick, the Swansea half clearance was slipped to Weimann on the edge of box, he drew defenders and squared to Kalas, who drilled just past the far post. On the midway point of the second half the City move of the game - and their season so far - arrived, only a small miracle denying City from deservedly going further in front. An inch perfect deep crossfield pass found Eliasson on the left touchline, his first time control was good and with quick thinking he sprung the overlapping Kelly to the byline. The speed of the move had Swansea again off guard and Kelly drilled a fast cross to the near post where like City's opener, Weimann eluded everyone and almost swept home. It was a desperate parry from the Swansea keeper, but Weimann recovered the ball to the left of goal and played it into the path of Taylor, who forced a second desperate save. For a second half it was one way traffic and within seconds Eliasson got in behind them again and his cross was hacked away by the rattled home defence. Away end noise rose. Swansea did manage a long range shot wide right on the break, but the game only turned into a contest in the final quarter of an hour after Leroy Fer came on in a playmaker role. Almost immediately a sweeping break from the newly organised home side found room on the left and a dangerous ball into the near post was badly sliced wide by their forward. Next O'Dowda hesitated in possession from a Hunt clearance and Swansea raced down the middle where Fer's shot deflected over. From the corner Weimann cleared off the line. Another Swansea shot from long range was tipped over by Maenappa but in truth was rising all the time, and Johnson reacted by throwing his subs on - Hunt's enforced. City had to defend the final ten minutes and did so comfortably, Swansea putting the last two shots well wide, for City, Brownhill hit a dipping 25 yard shot just wide from a corner. For a match that was routinely one sided, it ended appropriately with City clearing easily - led by Kalas at the first ball - and regularly driving into the corner flag, led by Paterson. In the end a more than deserved 1-0 win for City at Swansea, a score that easily flattered the home side, such was City's desire off the ball and quality, speed and organisation with it. All recent faults were eliminated - we moved the ball quickly and gave each other options, while simultaneously denying the same for Swansea, leaving them hitting long passes. It started at the back, the two centre backs imperious led by the impressive Kalas, but in Kelly we saw THE most outstanding showing from a City academy player I have ever seen. Playing left-back he competely shutdown a costly Premiership opponent, not once, but every time asked - strength, timing and the quality needed to win AND play the ball. It's no exaggeration to say that he did things today that have you wondering when not if he leaves City and plays for England at full international level. He is an absolute gem. And yet possibly not man of the match! As well as contenders in a for once dominant City midfield, Eliasson turned in a relentless attacking showing - a defenders nightmare. So out of nowhere a second consecutive away win but also quite probably the most convincing performance ever under Johnson - because simply every player bossed it. Maenappa 7 Not tested much but his take at the end of the first half was a commanding display of a dangerous moment that we've not seen from a City keeper for years Hunt 6 A bit loose with a few forward balls - at times a Matt Hill throwback - but in the main solid at the back and got forward when needed Kelly 9 Not sure what I'm even dropping a point for here but an astonishing performance for such a young defender, classy and looks like he has been playing professionals for years Kalas 8 Won everything in the air, combined well with Webster, more composed than Baker, the first confident pairing this season Webster 7 Ditto Kalas. His best game in a City shirt. Didn't have to make his trademark marauding but risky runs, as the midfield was far more fluid moving the ball themselves Pack 7 Worked hard to deny Swansea space to pass the ball easily, and was at the heart of all our new found quick passing Brownhill 8 Second straight game that he has shown what he offers in a central role, tireless, box to box, and probably sets the example of the desire needed to get away wins like this - always focused Watkins 6 A nuisance for Swansea with his presence running wide, but didn't last for long Eliasson 9 He was everywhere, and always good value with the ball, beat defenders and put in consistently dangerous crosses, but also worked the ball back when he needed to. A threat at set pieces and got in the box as an option as well. A real asset Taylor 8 As on Tuesday, getting much more suitable for this level when asked to run the channels with the ball in space than asked to handle long aerial punts. His quick thinking in forward positions was a big factor in our long awaited ability to move the ball smartly through fast short passing Weimann 8 Ran down every ball forward, showed quick thinking in the box as per, and involved in all our best chances. The player of the season campaign is well underway O'Dowda 7 Combined well with Taylor and looked stronger, but the whole team looked more convincing with a goal to defend and the crowd behind them Paterson 7 Some great runs with the ball when we needed someone to occupy their resurgent team in advanced areas following the Fer introduction Pisano 6 Didn't have too much to do
  2. 29 points
    I really don’t understand the need for threads like this... there’s been loads from both sides recently and they’re an embarrassing and childish point scoring exercise.
  3. 28 points
    Bristol has been one of the most economically successful cities in Western Europe over the past 2 decades. Now imagine where we would be if this shambolic local government was ran by people who had a clue.
  4. 21 points
    Us happy clappers want to enjoy the rest of the board...
  5. 19 points
    £23m of talent out the door but only one defeat in the first five, consecutive clean sheets and consecutive away wins. I’ll take that. There’ll be a few posters we don’t hear from tonight.
  6. 19 points
    For the love of God can they please start listing the team in formation order. This isnt even pure number order anymore. Maenpaa should be last on the list according to their system. It's petty and I know there are bigger issues in the world but it ******* winds me right up.
  7. 16 points
    For all of you City fans who listened and heard the reports on todays game, i was there and need to comment on a certain player. Kelly was simply brilliant, gets better with every game. The new centre half Tomas Kalas outstanding, how we pulled that out of the hat i will never know. Andi Weimann 5 goals in 5 games was never thought of when we signed hom as Derby County 5th rate striker. But Marlon Pack was immense, a leader in midfield, bossed, bullied and ran the show. Its the captian the club have been crying out for and since he signed a new three year deal you can see how much he loves being here and wants to be part of it. Take a bow Marlon, long may it continue
  8. 16 points
    From Swansea forums: Bristol City's passing is slicker and more accurate than ours and Andreas Weimann is head and shoulders above everybody else on the pitch. Very classy player. We have been totally outplayed We r second best today guys
  9. 15 points
    This premier league youth loan system is such a joke. The top clubs have a strangle hold on the best young players, stockpiling them - which has not only driven up the price of younger players all down the leagues, but means these same clubs lower league clubs pay again for their development as the big boys pimp them out for 7 figure loan fees. And the icing on the cake, a fine for the borrowing club if their youth player doesn’t apply themselves or play well. It’s mafia stuff and all the while the top clubs get richer and richer.
  10. 14 points
    Not for the centre of Bristol it isn't, it's a death knell. Rees is a corrupt fraud, bought and paid for by dodgy Malaysian money- just like the Cardiff scum.
  11. 13 points
    Our name is Bristol Rovers and we play at a Big Top We're not better than (Southend) United but we're louder than the Kop
  12. 13 points
    I think there comes a time when you have to stop using the poor run from last season as a statistical stick with which to beat LJ. It might be 6 in 30, but it’s also 2 wins on the bounce and only one league defeat so far this season, despite some tough games. This is a new season, with a different set of players, and a fresh start. If LJ won the next 10 games in a row it would still only be 16 wins in 40. I’d say its time to draw a line under last season’s failings. It’s water under the bridge now. And if we’re really going to keep harking back to last season, why not look at his overall record here, which remains pretty decent?
  13. 13 points
    Sometimes it's just great to dust off an old thread and have a jolly good debate. I'll start. Does anyone possibly agree with me that starting a thread about sacking the Manager after 3 games in August, having sold the best players and bought in players to a new team, club and system is somewhat premature??
  14. 11 points
    So we lost Flint replaced with Kalas! Bye bye Bobby, step up Weimann! Bryan gone, Kelly says thankyou! Competition for Franky, Mäenpää's got it covered!
  15. 10 points
    We've beaten an ex Premiership team on their own patch, who matched high flying Leeds in midweek, with an outstanding, authoritative display, with a clean sheet to boot. The Kalas signing looks genius, Weimann is imperious and Lee Johnson has stunned us all again. Wow. Just. Wow.
  16. 10 points
  17. 10 points
    I understand both sides but I’d sway towards keeping Johnson for now. I think we’re making progress and I like the signings we’ve made, but then our form the second half of last season was baffling when you looked at how good we were before Christmas so I’m not fully sold. If he wasn’t getting sacked at the end of last season there’s no point in sacking him this early into a new season with a new look team and some interesting players still bedding in. Which side are you on?
  18. 9 points
    Think Pack is worth a thread on his own. Seems to have grown with the Captains armband. Rarely the star player, but seems to have become Mr Consistent, and very often the link between defence and attack which he has taken on his shoulders very well. Keeps it simple when he needs to, and us capable of a super ball now and again, but has learnt not to try it to much. Has grown every season for me, and a critical part of our recent two wins.
  19. 9 points
    2 in 2 games - whole new back 5 started from the main stays last season. All the moaning about Flint and Bryan going. All the non-plus reactions to the signing of Maenpaa and look what’s happening. And with Wiemann currently making the sell of Bobby look like great business it is exciting times. Roll on to unbeaten Blackburn!!
  20. 9 points
    Still here. Delighted with the results this week obviously, 6 in 30 though... credit where it's due but not the man for me.
  21. 8 points
    That’s a fair point. Just as we weren’t doomed after last week, we’re not imperious after this week. What there are, are positive signs. We may have replaced the departees with better quality, and are starting to gel. Delighted with today but let’s not let the optimistic ones of us be as bad in the reverse manner as people who fall apart after a defeat
  22. 8 points
    The doubters are a bit quiet today... Sshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  23. 8 points
  24. 8 points
    Weimann!!! Again!! how are we possibly going to replace Kodjia’s goals? I mean Tammy’s goals?? I mean Bobby’s goals?!!
  25. 8 points
    Ludicrous really isn't it. You send us a shit player, what do you expect?
  26. 8 points
  27. 7 points
    It seems like there’s a thread on him after every game but... He was outstanding today, up against a very tricky winger and kept him completely quiet. Honestly think there is a £20 million pound player there
  28. 7 points
    So happy tonight after the last two games for Lee Johnson. At the end of the day. he works for this club and can see on the training ground, what is happening and can see what he needs to bring in on the transfer window. Well he has got it right. Hasn't signed a striker knowing Fammy is back, used Taylor in last few and has paid off. Bought in Weimann and has paid off big time!! Bought in a centre back with great pedigree, superb addition!! So basically any of you doubting Our gaffer, think again and start praising his work!! Massive profit on players and still doing a great job. Johnson be happy tonight your hard work is paying off and the start of the season is now very good. City fans start bringing positive support and get behind the whole club. You reds!!
  29. 7 points
    No Adam, trust me, being a City fan is brilliant. Proud club, over a century of League football, 20k+ attendances, great owner who puts his money where his mouth is, still play in our spiritual home in a stadium to be proud of and local ‘rivals’ who constantly make fools of themselves giving us plenty to laugh at. Now go and sit in one of your funny little tents you berk.
  30. 7 points
    Steady on! 46 game season needs more than a decent first 11 and having Baker, Kalas, Webster and Wright is exactly the sort of depth and competition for places we need.
  31. 7 points
    Do you know what? I hope we do hear from them. I hope they can come on and give some praise for the last couple of games. Half the problem is how blinkered some of the opinions are how showing even a modicum of positivity or optimism is seen as being a happy clapper. How not thinking the season is over and a relegation fight is a certainty after three games is seen as delusional. And in actual fact, if they were able to be positive when its due then their other comments would have more merit.
  32. 7 points
    Best quote in that write up, is LJ saying... 'I should really tell the fans to come out of dreamland'...can we have that pinned to the top of the forum? haha
  33. 7 points
    I left Bristol 20 years ago, we had an old but characterful theatre a tired looking concert venue, dreadful traffic issues, a ring round that didn’t go all the way round, and for a part of it, one of the TWO lanes was for buses and multiple occupancy meaning my morning commute was sat in an Uber long line of traffic watching the odd bus and multiple occupancy car go sailing by. Now and again you’d see a single driven car go haring down hoping there wasn’t a police check by Frenchay, and once Noel Edmonds driving along with a life size blow up doll complete with wig in the passesenger seat... We had talk, of trams, buses, concert venues, new grounds, not redeveloped for both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, even an underground train network. All of which has never come to pass. When I’m talking to people about my home city I tell them what a fabulous city it is, full of a diverse and vibrant people, one good football team, one comedy act club but an overriding feeling of political infighting, one up man ship and the apathy “it will never get built, this is Bristol, after all”
  34. 7 points
    Yes indeed As someone who voted for Marvin, seeing him as the best chance of getting rid of red trousers, I can’t help but feel massively disappointed at all that Marvin promised/hinted at, but has failed to do.
  35. 6 points
    Here tis... Edit: Love the fact you see the whole game up to the first goal! http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/11481951/swansea-0-1-bristol-city
  36. 6 points
    Mods are you going to be in Weston on Monday?
  37. 6 points
    Good lord - we've worked out how to defend - Brilliant result City. Well done for stengthening the defence. A revolutionary new move by our Club. How often have we hung on to a 1 nil away from home for 45 mins let alone 89 minutes in living memory? Last I can remember was Tranmere Away flipping years ago - Lita.
  38. 6 points
    Shame Fams going to come back and muck it all up like last season
  39. 6 points
    What do you get when you cross Ashley Cole with Rio Ferdinand Lloyd Kelly
  40. 6 points
    I don't think it will come as much of a surprise to most on this forum......
  41. 6 points
    Anyone else think this could be Darrell Clarke?
  42. 6 points
    I know. I've just re-written my shopping list in non-alphabetical order, just so I can get the edge in the supermarket tomorrow.
  43. 6 points
    Live stream: https://www.vipbox.fi/watch-swansea-city-vs-bristol-city-stream-1
  44. 6 points
    It's about time we got rid of the BCC/SGC nonsense. One authority for the Bristol metropolitan area is the only way to go for infrastructure projects.
  45. 6 points
    Temple Meads has far, far better transport links and people are already in town for work and will hang around and go to dinner and a gig after. Filton is an abysmal idea and is only being discussed because of the gifts and trips the Malay firm have been splashing around. You're watching corruption in action.
  46. 6 points
    Only a simple fan would fall for that quote and misinterpret it from the context it was spoken in tongue in cheek mate
  47. 5 points
    This forum is so bi-polar. If we win, LJ should stay forever, everyone who wants him out is wrong, Kelly is worth £20m+, We were right to sell all the players. If we lose, LJ should leave, everyone who wants him in is wrong, why are we playing youth we need experience, why did we sell everyone and replace them with average players. Can't we all just find a middle point and be happy?
  48. 5 points
    The reason we don’t put the formation up is not to give any insight to the opposition with regard how the team is going to be set up. Appreciate that this may be frustrating for fans but it’s the small things that could give the team an advantage come kick off. A good example is Tuesday night. Would QPR have guessed that Lloyd Kelly & Eros Pisano would have switched positions from the weekends match? A formation announced before kick off would have given them this detail. All team sheets this season have had the formation removed. See attached.
  49. 5 points
    Condensed Version Swansea: Hav's been on the wacky baccy again !!
  50. 5 points
    Hahaha. Let's all laugh at the simple fans. While forgetting that LJ looked into the future a couple of years ago and saw us playing in the Europa League. Hahaha.
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