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  1. We have a real problem holding the ball up front. Playing Diedhiou as a lone striker (with Weimann just behind) does not play to his strengths and I don’t think it suits Rodri either, judging from the Wigan game. (How we miss Afobe?) Without Diedhiou against Barnsley I guess that we’ll persist with Rodri with Semenyo and Szmodics as back up, but none of them are suited to the role either. I just wonder if it might be an idea to try Kasey Palmer up top. He’s strong and got a great first touch and is more than capable of holding the ball up until team mates get within reach. He has also got an eye for a goal. He works well with Weimann and Semenyo (who I’d try out wide rather than centrally to reduce the weight of expectation on him). What do others think? Could Kasey be worth a try as our (temporary) no.9?
  2. I published a list of our all time record against other teams in The Championship the other day and I thought that it might be interesting to compare it with our record against those that will make up the Premier League in 2019-20. I have listed below our average points haul in all the league matches we have ever played against each of these teams (whatever Divisions the side were in at the time) using 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw throughout. They are again shown in rank order, so our best home record is, quite amazingly, against Manchester City where we have averaged 2.45 points a game out of 3 (8 wins and 3 Draws, no defeats). We have also never lost at home to Chelsea in 12 league matches who rank 4th in the list. We have been beaten at Ashton Gate most often by Norwich City (15 times) but our worst home record by far is against Arsenal where we have averaged less than a point a game - winning only 3 times in 14 matches. The historical stats show that the place we are most likely to win away would be Burnley where we have averaged 1.25 points a game (7 away wins and 9 draws in 24 visits) closely followed by Watford where we have won away most often (on 13 occasions). On the negative side we have never won at Chelsea (the opposite of our home record) and only ever gained a solitary win at Everton, Newcastle, Spurs and West Ham. Our worst away record is actually against the Hammers with an average of just 0.33 points a game (an eye-watering 10 defeats in 12 matches!). How do these lists compare with your impressions of how we have performed against teams in the top flight? I am guessing that not many of you would have known that we have never lost a league match at Ashton Gate against either Chelsea or Manchester City (a total of 23 matches), even though not all of these matches would have been played in the old Division 1, of course. It certainly surprised me! Rob C
  3. Our previous record against other teams means nothing the next time we play them, or does it? We all speak about having a good record against some teams but all have in our minds those that always do well against us – our so called ‘bogey’ teams. Well, here are the facts to make of as you will. I have listed below our average points haul in all the league matches we have ever played against every Championship side for the coming season, (whatever Divisions the side were in at the time) using 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw throughout. They are shown in rank order, so our best home record is against Barnsley where we have averaged 2.39 points a game out of 3 (we have beaten them 34 times out of 46 at Ashton Gate). Our worst by far is against Leeds where we have averaged less than a point a game at home and won only 3 times in 9 matches (so on this basis we will do very well to get a point on the opening day!) The historical stats show that the place we are most likely to win away is Wigan Athletic where we have averaged 1.46 points a game (5 away wins in 13 visits) whereas we have a terrible record at Derby County with an average of just 0.59 points a game (a woeful 5 away wins in 32 matches!). It’s easy to dismiss these stats but interesting to reflect on how closely the facts match our own impressions of the teams we always do well against and/or who always seem to turn us over! What do you reckon? Rob c
  4. Here you go, Ska Junkie! I was there for Clive's goal. The picture is very faded now but my memory of the day remains very vivid. Let's hope we do see the day again!
  5. I don’t suppose I am alone, but I have decided not to renew my Season Ticket for the coming year. I live to the South of London and travelling to evening games is all but impossible for me, with cross London trains after a match meaning a return home well into the early hours. I have renewed each year so far by convincing myself that there are enough Saturday games per season to make a Season Ticket just about economical, but this season there will only have been 13 of the 23 home games played on a Saturday afternoon, with 3 others moved (1 to a Friday and 2 to a Sunday – and the latter have been affected by GWR and/or local enginnering works!) Looking forward, I think it is not difficult to see that there could well be even less Saturday afternoon fixtures next season - both because of clashes with Bristol Rugby and courtesy of TV screenings - and so I am just going to buy match tickets when I need them in future. It’s a shame but with only just over half of our games being played on a Saturday this time around, it’s just no longer an economic proposition. I guess that I’ll go for a “Forever Bristol” membership to sweeten the pill a little. Anyone else in the same boat? robc PS I wonder if any clubs sell Saturday and Weekday season tickets separately – or would that be too complex administratively?
  6. Anyone else spotted that we'll have a gap of 18 days between our home game with Ipswich on 12th March and Sheffield United (away) on the 30th of next month? Millwall's continued involvement in the Cup means that the game with them due to take place on 16th March will have to be re-scheduled, and the weekend of the 23rd is an International Break. This could mean us playing just 4 matches in March and an eye-watering 8 in April. I am not sure that the Millwall game could be re-arranged mid week either side of the International break so that will probably have to happen in April. I hope the club have the sense to consider bringing forward the (just re-arranged) Middlesborough game to 16 March to spread our fixtures out more evenly. A weekend fixture would also allow us to get many more supporters up to Yorkshire to see us play against one of our main play off rivals! Robc
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    Look at how many goals we are predicted to score - I think no more than one in any match and only 45 in 46 matches! I can believe lots of 1-0 matches but if this prediction is anywhere near correct we are in for a very boring rest of the season. All my instincts are that we'll finish nearer 18th than 10th.
  8. Anyone sure that the Sheff Wed game will be on the Red Button? It's the only Chamionship game on this Sunday - and there's no sign of it yet in the Planner?
  9. I agree with Psychopomp that the squad looks ever more unbalanced - how many central midfielders do we need? My biggest concern however is the consequence of this - the way LJ plays people out of position so he can fit them in the team. Josh Brownhill is far too good in the Centre to play out wide on the Right and playing Jamie Paterson out on the left yesterday was just plain bonkers. I think that LJ has worked wonders this season especially given all the injuries but Jamie P is, in my view, the best playmaker at the club. He's a real threat with a fluid role in the centre linking up with Bobby Reid. Playing him out wide leaves Reid isolated in the centre and requires Pato to take on defensive responsibilities as well, which seriously diminishes his scope to influence things going forward. For me this is deja vu - LJ did exactly the same thing with Lee Tomlin last season and he should not be repeating the error he made then, which did not end well. I fear that we will be meeting QPR in two weeks time on the back of 7 successive defeats and although I know it's not like last season it is really dispiriting given our pre-Christmas form. Yesterday, he should have left Maggers at LB, Joe out on the wing, and Paterson where he was. In other words the team that did so well at Man City. The two new guys could have been introduced as subs, although there is little point playing an out and out winger unless we have someone who can head the ball up top. I fear he will want to play Walsh, Brownhill, Smith and Pack in the same team and I am very sceptical that that will work.
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