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Match Report: City Fall Apart At Luton Amid Depressing Away End Scenes

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What to say, @Olé. Sums the day up perfectly for me.

Diedhiou certainly seemed to have words, and gestures!, with LJ when he was subbed. It's hard for a subbed player to storm down the tunnel at Luton, cos it's on the other side of the pitch, but I did wonder if he might have wanted to do so! And his body language after the game was not Diedhiou-like at all, just strode across the pitch not looking at or engaging with anyone, games or players. I wonder if two years of being asked to do a pretty thankless task is catching up with him.

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7 minutes ago, Olé said:

Unbeaten since the opening day of the season, Bristol City returned from the international break with an odd performance at Luton’s Kenilworth Road - which looked comfortable if susceptible to the break in the first half, but completely fell apart versus their more energetic and speedy opponents in the second - to lose comfortably.

Tommy Rowe from range and Andi Weimann via a lob from just inside the area went closest in a purposeful first 45, but with playmaker Kasey Palmer off his game, City deteriorated and in the second half were largely a non-factor as a more direct Luton carved the visitors up - with another Tommy, Robinson, cheered in the away end.

In many ways this was a report I couldn’t be bothered to write and didn't until today. Most will recognise the context for singing the name of a far-right ‘leader’ in his home town, but despite booing and hissing of other fans, the sheer number that joined in - three times - unnecessarily politicised a City away game and sealed a depressing day.

From the start City looked the better drilled, looking to feed Weimann on diagonal runs, and on 9 minutes he found room to cross dangerously to Diedhiou, the ball was cleared but Jack Hunt fed it back along the edge of the box where Rowe steered a low, stinging shot at the bottom corner that the keeper parried desperately for a corner.

A minute later a quick through ball saw that man Rowe spring the offside trap on City’s left and go one on one with the keeper, but having rounded the stopper the angle was too acute and his rising shot was just over. At the other end Izzy Brown got behind our defence and his dangerous low shot across goal was turned behind by Baker.

After the quarter hour a surprisingly flowing moment from Diedhiou saw the much-maligned striker collect the ball on the halfway line and beat several players, running between the lines with Luton back-tracking, before feeding Weimann, whose return cross was hacked away as the Senegalese striker closed to apply the finish.

Palmer had looked the most likely to open up a stubborn Luton - only to miscue repeatedly - and at the midway point in the half he chased down his own misplaced through ball to the keeper, yards offside and waving himself as ‘not active’, a careless defensive header gave him the ball with just keeper to beat, but Shea closed down quickly.

Ominously, Luton were growing in confidence on the break and they carved their way through City’s back line as Pearson put Izzy Brown clear and his fierce low shot drew a great reaction save from Dan Bentley. It had the visitors on the back foot in a tight Kenilworth Road and the went close almost immediately from the resultant corner.

The pick for City was Taylor Moore - combative at the back and linking up well coming forward - and inside half hour he dispossessed an opponent and fed Hunt, whose sweeping through ball found Weimann on the run, he exchanged it with Diedhiou, but it was Brownhill who had time to shoot from the edge of the area but was crowded out.

For Luton Mpanzu setup Brown who unleashed a stunning 25 yard shot that saw Bentley spring away to his right, only for it to cannon off the post, at the other end a quick long ball drew the keeper out but Weimann got in first to shield the ball, turn and lob Shea, the ball dropping agonisingly over angle of post and bar with Diedhiou closing in.

City were still the pick of the sides in open play at least, and the marauding Moore saw a shot from range deflected after good build up play, and a minute later another ranging run from the young defender cut inside and linked up with Palmer, who not for the first time completely overhit his cross to a now frustrated Diedhiou up front.

But the City playmaker almost made amends soon after as his sublime light touch in a crowded box took the entire backline out of the game and put the ball invitingly through in front of the keeper, and as at Sheffield United last season Weimann read the opportunity but this time wasn’t there fast enough to convert the brilliant pass.

A feature of the half for both sides was refereeing leniency and when just before the break the hosts seemed to get away with first a handball and then a foul in midfield, the City protests went unanswered as Mpanuzu ran into space and released a skidding shot to the bottom corner that Benltey got down well to divert over one handed.

Oddly for an end to end game, that was it for City, who disappeared from increasingly scrappy exchanges for the entire second half. It took ten minutes to deliver a chance, the away side gave the ball away cheaply in midfield and Mpanzu broke dangerously on City’s right, cutting in and unleashing a curling shot into the far corner. 1-0.

City changed to four at the back, adding wingers in Eliasson and O’Dowda, but within minutes it was two, yet again from the visitors own ponderous attacking, wasting possession in the Luton half and allowing the home side to teach them a lesson by hitting the front rapidly, Cornick clear onto a long ball and lashing it past Bentley.

By now sizeable sections of the frustrated away following were engaged in questionable songs about Luton’s large Asian population, culminating in several rounds of cheering the name of disgraced right wing activist Tommy Robinson. An unnecessary and frankly irrelevant political intervention that drew boos and some City fans departure.

It overshadowed the introduction of debutant Rodri for the increasingly forlorn Diedhiou, and within five minutes the substitute almost produced the ultimate irony as the immigrant Spanish striker met Eliasson’s typically ferocious whipped cross and steered a header past the keeper and onto the post - the closest City would go all day.

In truth the away side were by now second best to almost every exchange - Massengo in particular out fought and out thought as part of a resigned midfield - and Luton were well in control when at the death that man Rodri again found room to threaten, converting Brownhill’s low shot to turn the ball home, only to be adjudged offside.

Into injury time and every pass cheered by their fans in the compact ground, Luton saw out the final moments convincingly, tactically and physically stronger than City, they even had time for a third, five minutes deep into time added on Tunnicliffe lifted in a cross and Ashley Williams stretched desperately only to divert past Bentley.

A hopeless and unexpected performance in the end for Lee Johnson’s men - perhaps returning to their trend of looking well out of sorts after an international break. With a chance to close on the top spot in a wide open Championship, City’s extended preparations for the day were badly exposed as the division threw up its usual surprise.

 

Bentley 7 Several brilliant saves, unacceptably overworked and in the end and so had to be the pick of the City players

Hunt 5 Stood up a few typically dangerous short crosses inside the Luton box but not enough to justify how exposed he left us at the back

Rowe 5 Brilliant shot and all action play opening early on, but like Hunt was given a torrid time by Luton’s energetic wingers

Baker 5 Lacked pace as the home side sprung City’s offside trap time and again, moved up front in the end, to no great effect

Williams 5 Relatively tidy but also exposed by the speed of Luton counter attacking and couldn’t do much about his own goal

Moore 7 The most impressive of City’s backline, looked like Webster at times, perhaps should have closed down opener, unlucky to go off

Massengo 5 Never really got in the game, impetuous as ever but this time physically second best to Luton midfield and loose with passing

Brownhill 5 This was as far from commanding of the midfield as the City captain has been since becoming the on-field leader

Palmer 5 Always looked the most credible threat on the ball but simply not on his game and routinely wasted possession in dangerous areas

Weimann 6 Ran tirelessly and easily created the most problems for the home side, but they quickly realised that by dealing with him they would flummox City’s midfield

Diedhiou 5 Certainly not as bad as some of the idiots around us in the away end would have you believe, determined and mobile in the first half but anonymous in the second, talk of a spat with LJ when taken off, has a reasonable argument given that the service was terrible and being withdrawn after finally introducing Eliasson must have been frustrating

 

O’Dowda 5 The more familiar lightweight and easily muscle off the ball the few times he tried to run, just added to our continual surrendering of possession

Eliasson 6 A couple of typically good crosses reminded us why some think he should start - but having removed Diedhiou, wasn’t always clear who he was aiming for

Rodri 6 Hard to judge from opposite end of a ground with terrible sight-lines, but moved well, hit the post and got the ball in the back of the net on his debut which is encouraging

Ffs. I don't often feel ashamed to be a City fan, but I do catching up with this today.

**** off out of our club you racist *****

 

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Have to agree with most of that. Palmer especially has to start showing more consistency, such a talented player but just like last season, blows hot and cold. Yesterday some if his misplaced passes when it seemed easier to set up something was infuriating. I wouldn't be surprised to see him dropped for Wednesday 

Weimann too wasted some very good opportunity's to set up goal chances but did as usual work very hard. I was a bit disappointed when he got angry with Taylor Moore for having a shot instead of passing when he'd messed up so much himself. I thought Moore was great. Bentley superb. 

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14 minutes ago, taxidriver999 said:

Can someone explain why it is always Moore that is substituted when LJ changes the formation.

Clearly from the above markings he was ahead of Baker so why not him?

Just curious.

Don’t know in other games but Moore did take a hefty challenge but didn’t get treatment, maybe he was feeling the effects of this? I personally wouldn’t have subbed him as he was defending and driving forward effectively.

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I have taken some time to post myself. I wasn’t happy with the result. Have just seen the highlights so not the most qualified to post today. 

That said, I have not been happy with how we have played this season. We have had brilliant elements to our play but never a full 90 minutes(that I have seen). We have done enough however to have a strong start to the season with probably impossible injury concerns that probably would have broken most sides by now. 

So, I am going to put this down as an outlier. We had 8-9 players away for internationals including a few starters. Luton had 2 weeks to prepare and I am fairly certain they could train as normal without many internationals(correct me if I am wrong). Looks like they were prepared to soak up pressure and hit us on the break which not many home teams can get away with. So yea I will put this as a one off and hopefully Charlton is a much better 90 min

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5 minutes ago, RedM said:

Don’t know in other games but Moore did take a hefty challenge but didn’t get treatment, maybe he was feeling the effects of this?

Did you notice that despite being absolutely clattered by that late challenge and getting up relatively quickly in good spirits with the player that got booked, the Luton fans booed him from then on, and at full time when he walked off in training gear, the same section gave him grief again, so much so he very obviously was gesturing to them in response. An odd lot, really don't know what Moore did to deserve the reaction, he took a hefty challenge and that was it. But these were the same fans who were singing "You're ******* shit" to our team as they walked off, not the way I'd celebrate winning 3-0 but each to their own.

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4 minutes ago, JoeAman08 said:

Looks like they were prepared to soak up pressure and hit us on the break which not many home teams can get away with. So yea I will put this as a one off and hopefully Charlton is a much better 90 min

Unfortunately, Charlton do similar except are higher quality and are more defensively stable, so I fear a tough 90 mins. Being the away side means they can get away with it more readily.

Think we'll see an increasing number of sides adopting relatively reactive tactics at home over the next couple of years.

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The sad thing is I don’t think it’s even the minority of our fans anymore, certainly not those who travel away anyway. I go more away than home due to where I live so can’t really comment on home games. We are talking a few hundred people at least singing about an extremist.

Ive have been watching city away for 15 years or so and can’t help but think our fans are worse than ever in that period.

I have two young boys and sadly don’t think I am ever going to take them to see city away due to the level of abusive chanting and fighting.

Football should be about bringing communities together and having a good time with your mates and family. Sadly it often feels a very toxic environment when watching city away. 

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11 minutes ago, Mr Popodopolous said:

Unfortunately, Charlton do similar except are higher quality and are more defensively stable, so I fear a tough 90 mins. Being the away side means they can get away with it more readily.

Think we'll see an increasing number of sides adopting relatively reactive tactics at home over the next couple of years.

We have been dealing with it for awhile now at AG imo. Why we have struggled at home over the last season and a half. Shows the growth of the club with teams happy to leave with a point. 

I imagine it will be tough this next match. Just think we need to see a reaction from yesterday. I’d like to see closer to a full 90 min display than we have so far this season. 

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9 minutes ago, MATT BCFC said:

The sad thing is I don’t think it’s even the minority of our fans anymore, certainly not those who travel away anyway. I go more away than home due to where I live so can’t really comment on home games. We are talking a few hundred people at least singing about an extremist.

Ive have been watching city away for 15 years or so and can’t help but think our fans are worse than ever in that period.

I have two young boys and sadly don’t think I am ever going to take them to see city away due to the level of abusive chanting and fighting.

Football should be about bringing communities together and having a good time with your mates and family. Sadly it often feels a very toxic environment when watching city away. 

That is really sad to read, as a fellow parent who takes my kids to the games

I think it speaks more of the morras in our society than anything else tbh.

I am with you mate, don't let the ******* put you off.

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42 minutes ago, JoeAman08 said:

We have been dealing with it for awhile now at AG imo. Why we have struggled at home over the last season and a half. Shows the growth of the club with teams happy to leave with a point. 

I imagine it will be tough this next match. Just think we need to see a reaction from yesterday. I’d like to see closer to a full 90 min display than we have so far this season. 

Unsure. It's a common narrative but some games where it was claimed to have been the case- think Ipswich and Wigan at home last season- wasn't necessarily the case.

Seem to recall Ipswich in particular caused us some quite big issues, and nearly matched us possession wise. Mixed bag I think, Reading first half possibly the only game/period where we really overran a side at home this season.

In short, I think that our levels of dominance at home over last and this season so far, have been overstated!

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24 minutes ago, The Original OTIB said:

Anyone film the idiots?

Well, there was someone before the game trying to attach something that looked like a camera to one of the pillars at the front of the stand. Clearly someone to do with the club (he was joining in some of the songs - not the ones we're talking about today!). But he seemed to be having trouble getting it to stay up, which is why we noticed it and commented on it, but I didn't notice whether it was there during the game.

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56 minutes ago, italian dave said:

Well, there was someone before the game trying to attach something that looked like a camera to one of the pillars at the front of the stand. Clearly someone to do with the club (he was joining in some of the songs - not the ones we're talking about today!). But he seemed to be having trouble getting it to stay up, which is why we noticed it and commented on it, but I didn't notice whether it was there during the game.

Good point. It was someone from our media team, fan cam type GoPro thing. I didn’t notice if he managed to secure it to the pillar either but certainly saw him trying. I didn’t actually see anyone near me singing these songs but could clearly hear at least two sections they were being sung in. I did see people near me trying to silence them though, but I only stand with decent  people.

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2 hours ago, italian dave said:

What to say, @Olé. Sums the day up perfectly for me.

Diedhiou certainly seemed to have words, and gestures!, with LJ when he was subbed. It's hard for a subbed player to storm down the tunnel at Luton, cos it's on the other side of the pitch, but I did wonder if he might have wanted to do so! And his body language after the game was not Diedhiou-like at all, just strode across the pitch not looking at or engaging with anyone, games or players. I wonder if two years of being asked to do a pretty thankless task is catching up with him.

Or realising he's just not good enough.

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Good report as ever, not a great trip all round, both on and off the pitch. Agree about Moore, I can never work out why he is always subbed.

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16 minutes ago, Chappers said:

Good report as ever, not a great trip all round, both on and off the pitch. Agree about Moore, I can never work out why he is always subbed.

He did get clattered perhaps he was a bit under the weather.

Otherwise I agree . Baker and Williams aren’t the quickest of defenders and Luton were very direct , running at them .

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24 minutes ago, Chappers said:

Good report as ever, not a great trip all round, both on and off the pitch. Agree about Moore, I can never work out why he is always subbed.

 

6 minutes ago, Major Isewater said:

He did get clattered perhaps he was a bit under the weather.

Otherwise I agree . Baker and Williams aren’t the quickest of defenders and Luton were very direct , running at them .

The only thing I can come up with is that Baker is an out-and-out leftie and LJ wants to keep the back four balanced. TM has played LCB though and done it very well so it seems a bit harsh to continually take him off.

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With such a poor view, not always easy to see injuries. However, he does seem the easy option, even though his runs out of defence do add another dimension. Much needed yesterday with a midfield that was badly out of sorts. 

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3 hours ago, Chappers said:

Good report as ever, not a great trip all round, both on and off the pitch. Agree about Moore, I can never work out why he is always subbed

Because maybe, just maybe our head coach ain't all he's cracked up to be? Very predictable and not as forward thinking as he and many others on here would lead you to believe? Just my opinion (win or lose) mind!

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7 hours ago, MATT BCFC said:

The sad thing is I don’t think it’s even the minority of our fans anymore, certainly not those who travel away anyway. I go more away than home due to where I live so can’t really comment on home games. We are talking a few hundred people at least singing about an extremist.

Ive have been watching city away for 15 years or so and can’t help but think our fans are worse than ever in that period.

I have two young boys and sadly don’t think I am ever going to take them to see city away due to the level of abusive chanting and fighting.

This is a little bit of an over action in my opinion. 
 

God knows why a minority were singing  supportive songs of Tommy Robinson. A completely ill educated action.

But this is our club and I for one wouldn’t stop going because of a minority, I would rather be part of the majority that leads the way forward.

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51 minutes ago, 054123 said:

This is a little bit of an over action in my opinion. 
 

God knows why a minority were singing  supportive songs of Tommy Robinson. A completely ill educated action.

But this is our club and I for one wouldn’t stop going because of a minority, I would rather be part of the majority that leads the way forward.

Fair enough............but Matt was talking about it in regard to two young lads, so it's a different scenario?    I wouldn't want my young son exposed to some of the moronic actions that have occured on the odd occasion at away games.

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Last time i went to Luton they had Big Steve Howard 😲 who always terrorised us... I remember him scoring a header unmarked from 6 yrds ... think we got a draw out of it... funny ground...

anyway...

a good number of our "supporters" spent the whole game dogging up the opposing fans and chanting shit... which is what it is i suppose but i remember that there were a fair few young 'uns with them and i thought at the time ; this is never going to die out is it? And on it goes...:dunno:

Kin'ell.... 2004/5 😲 that long ago... and we lost 5-0 🤣🤣 memories going... pretty sure Howard scored though but it must have been ruled out.. he did look massivly offside... we had a decent team out as well and they had a certain Mr Showunmi on the bench...linky

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6 minutes ago, maxjak said:

Fair enough............but Matt was talking about it in regard to two young lads, so it's a different scenario?    I wouldn't want my young son exposed to some of the moronic actions that have occured on the odd occasion at away games.

I take 3 boy’s regularly.

We have lots of discussions as their eyes see lots of things and ears hear all.

Not for everyone is this football lark, but I’ve always believed you’re richer for the experience of real life as opposed to some sanitised version for tv. 

The real world bites you in the ass at some point.

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2 minutes ago, Will Rollason said:

Last time i went to Luton they had Big Steve Howard 😲 who always terrorised us... I remember him scoring a header unmarked from 6 yrds ... think we got a draw out of it... funny ground...

anyway...

a good number of our "supporters" spent the whole game dogging up the opposing fans and chanting shit... which is what it is i suppose but i remember that there were a fair few young 'uns with them and i thought at the time ; this is never going to die out is it? And on it goes...:dunno:

No it’s not and with the greatest of respect all races are guilty of it. Racial, sexual and religious intolerance exist on every continent.
 

Sadly it’s born out of a defensive, survivalist human nature. The truth is we are inherently not a nice bunch.

The only hope is that the large majority are  defined by generosity and tolerance, when its not and the imbalance swings the other way, it gets ugly real quick.

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