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Septic Peg

Bristol City v Aston Villa Match Day 10

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Unbelievably dull. Didn't carve them open once. Didn't look like scoring, no urgency. Pack and Brownhill in the middle really don't offer much creativity. No driving runs into the box. Not one bit of quality in our play tonight.

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Two Friday nights in a row that I really can’t work out what our football philosophy is, awful football to watch. What’s happened to getting the ball down and passing the bloody thing with intent. 

 

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We seem to struggle to capitalise on good starts and have an ability to shoot ourselves in the foot to let teams back in games, and at crucial times.

Had Vila gone in 1-0 down we would have carried momentum into the second half, whereas, as seems to happen too often, Villa sounded like the stronger team after the break.

However, after the Wigan performance, a draw is better than it might have been.

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Not a bad result at all. Can't get to the evening KOs & so watched on BCTV. Quite enjoyed the match myself. Game of chess. Not an open match but City showed some fight. 

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1-1, well I didn't think we would get anything tonight so a point in a way is a bonus. Just really frustrating that one bit of braindead play by COD with seconds remaining of first half gifted Villa the opportunity to get the equalizer. Villa still some way from firing on all cylinders and we could perhaps have taken more advantage. Neither COD or Eliasson were effective for us and both have been generally good in prior games.

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1 minute ago, Midred said:

Well we did score one. What we lack is a Grealish who has the diving runs into the box!

... and the spare £25m+ it would take to buy one!

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2 minutes ago, downendcity said:

We seem to struggle to capitalise on good starts and have an ability to shoot ourselves in the foot to let teams back in games, and at crucial times.

Had Vila gone in 1-0 down we would have carried momentum into the second half, whereas, as seems to happen too often, Villa sounded like the stronger team after the break.

However, after the Wigan performance, a draw is better than it might have been.

Indeed.

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2 minutes ago, Wanderingred said:

Ugly, scrappy game of football. Not much quality from either side, a draw was fair.
 

Same when we played them at home last season iirc.

 

With Taylor we create more chances than with Diedhou. Why when we have someone over 6’2” up front we feel it’s necessary to keep the ball in the air? Especially when Diedhou isn’t great in the air himself. Much better ball to feet and holding off defenders.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Portland Bill said:

Two Friday nights in a row that I really can’t work out what our football philosophy is, awful football to watch. What’s happened to getting the ball down and passing the bloody thing with intent. 

 

First half very good. Goal before half time just knocked us a bit. Villa have a lot of quality.

Its a decent result mate! We're competing very well this year. Haven't seen one team that has looked massively better than us. Stick with them!! 

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Just now, Portland Bill said:

Two Friday nights in a row that I really can’t work out what our football philosophy is, awful football to watch. What’s happened to getting the ball down and passing the bloody thing with intent. 

 

We haven't a philosophy. That's all we heard the first half of last season. And i really brought into it. Then the second half of the season went to shit. Not just result wise, but the so called philosophy went out the window. Cardiff,  Bolton, Brentford,( now there's a team with a football philosophy) performances were nothing short of disgraceful. Repeated again at Wigan. 

A point on paper is a good result but let's be honest Villa were shit. Luckily for them so were we.

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1 minute ago, old_eastender said:

1-1, well I didn't think we would get anything tonight so a point in a way is a bonus. Just really frustrating that one bit of braindead play by COD with seconds remaining of first half gifted Villa the opportunity to get the equalizer. Villa still some way from firing on all cylinders and we could perhaps have taken more advantage. Neither COD or Eliasson were effective for us and both have been generally good in prior games.

Surprised Eliasson stayed on as long as he did, frustrating night for him. I would have left Taylor on.

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4 minutes ago, Portland Bill said:

Two Friday nights in a row that I really can’t work out what our football philosophy is, awful football to watch. What’s happened to getting the ball down and passing the bloody thing with intent. 

 

First half we did imo. With Taylor on the pitch, when it was in the air it was into the channels and he was always onside to get on the end of them. We just lost all creative spark second half. We need a CM who will get the ball down and run at the opposition playing quick passes. 

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11 minutes ago, Portland Bill said:

I don’t think we have put more than 3-4 passing moves together this half, mostly hopeful long ball football. 

Neither did Villa, which considering the squad they have is absolutely remarkable. No wonder they want Bruce gone; he won't last much longer if that's their offerings.

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1 minute ago, Major Isewater said:

Kelly continues to impress me . Is he really only nine ? 

This was a battling performance low on quality but high on energy and intent. 

On to Wednesday where I hope we hammer the Millers.

 

Was swatting players all night, looked our best player out there, you can tell he loves defending

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I like Eliasson, feel he needs to be starting consistently going forward and we'll see him being far more involved in the goals. 

A really frustrating element of our game that I'm noticing. We never take advantage of 'step in' interceptions. We often step in quite well, yet nearly always try to first time long ball, or simply clear our lines. I'm not talking when we are.under the cosh, yet turnovers of possession where we need to be encouraging our defensive players to step out with it, take a few strides, and lay it off.  Webster guilty on a few occasions tonight. Moments like that often lead to big spaces in the final third for us to exploit, yet were really not taking advantage.

All in all, not a bad point, need three points next game!

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3 minutes ago, Kid in the Riot said:

Neither did Villa, which considering the squad they have is absolutely remarkable. No wonder they want Bruce gone; he won't last much longer if that's their offerings.

The reaction to Tammy being subbed said it all. They really don't like him, do they?

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1 minute ago, Moor2Sea said:

Lack of quality ALERT.

Hopefully, just bereft of confidence. If not, we have backwards momentum.

Worrying, either way.

 

This is me being extremely generous I know...but one of the criticisms of LJ is he does not know how to stop a losing run. Today we did. It was not pretty, and we played pretty poorly really, and we still came came away with a point.

More of a worry is we have looked bang average two games in a row now.

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Just now, Northern Red said:

The reaction to Tammy being subbed said it all. They really don't like him, do they?

Tammy arguably came the closest to winning it for us...

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