Ignoring the fact that Fulham hit the woodwork three times and missed a number of other gilt edged opportunities then this was another wholehearted display by City which was worthy of a share of the spoils in itself.

Ian & DaveP discuss the match action where the unbeaten run was extended to 5 games but City are now winless in 15 at Ashton Gate

We praise an impressive sub appearance by Joe Williams and salivate at the prospect of a midfield trio with him James & Massengo as the season progresses.

Two trips on the road before the next international break. The games at Millwall and Peterborough are also previewed

APOLOGIES FOR SOME ANNOYING SOUND ISSUES IN THIS EPISODE

Having already been victims twice this season to stoppage time goals it was City's turn to mete out the hurt and experience the joy as sub Nahki Wells sent 2000 travelling fans into raptures with his stylish late winner.

David, Lezz, Mark & Ian celebrate the win but at the same time consider City's overall play which allowed 26 shots [11 on target] to pepper the goal area.

We marvel at another all action display from Massengo, several top class saves from Dan Bentley, a competent debut for Gordon Tanner in the troublesome right back spot and a successful return to the first team for Bakinson.

The Fulham game is previewed as City look for their first home win in 15 games.

September 17, 2021

The sum of the parts

Ian & Mark discuss the Luton game which saw the winless home run extend to 14 games after Dan Bentley's error allowed the Hatters net a much deserved injury time equaliser.

If Luton had gone in 4-1 up at half time it would have been a reflection of their goal threat and it wasn't a case of one player having a stinker [*] of a performance but just a collective lethargy that bought unwelcome post match comments from Nathan Jones.

HNM & Cam Pring were the bright sparks but for City right now the sum of the parts is not making a decent whole.

The guys give their view on what needs to change with tough games coming up at QPR then home to league leaders Fulham.

[*] - I don't attach that label to Alex Scott who was played out of position and joins a trio of youngsters taken off early by Nige [Towler & Bakinson]

 

13 games now without a home win but the general consensus from yesterday's 0-0 draw against Preston was that we played OK in a match that last season we probably would have lost.

For a game without goals it had its fair share of goalmouth action and a share of the points was probably a fair outcome if you were a neutral observer.

We debate whether Nigel made the right call in starting with the side that won at Cardiff and Ian in particular challenged DaveP's view that playing Baker at left back is NOT too defensive.

We pick HNM as the best of the midfield trio in which both James & King were not at their best and we question the long throw routine which has become an unwanted part of our game. Why Kalas every time when Vyner can do similar, then again why at all when no clear cut chances have come from this tactic.

With Luton next up at Ashton Gate we speculate what changes Nigel might make to the starting line up to improve the goal threat. DaveP echoed the view of some of the live listener text messages that COD is NOT the answer but in form Janneh might be. We agree Scott should be recalled, probably at the expense of King and surely Louis Britton is worth a place on the bench if only to east the strain on Chris Martin.

 

 

 

 

DaveFevs is widely regarded as being amongst the more erudite contributors to the various social media platforms analysis & opinion on how City are doing on and off the field.

In this 1-2-1 chat with FBC PODCAST host DaveP they review the opening 5 games, how the squad looks now that the transfer window has closed, what can we expect going forward and that begins with a batch of 6 games before the next international break.

By then 1/4 of the season will have passed and we predict a points haul which would suggest we are not in for the relegation battle which many had predicted

DaveP, Mark, Ian & Lezz wax lyrical about City's performance at the CCS as the second win of the season was secured with a 2-1 success.

Nigel opted for height with Baker in as a straight swap for JDS as a left back rather than in a 3. Baker alongside the increasingly impressive Pring gave City a particularly strong left flank.

Two superb strikes by Weimann would have most saying he was MOM but we thought Massengo ran him close with an energetic display and a sublime back heel which allowed Semenyo to cross for goal No. 2.

This was arguably City's best showing since Pearson took over and a few more performances like this will see his "era" getting up to speed after a stuttering start.

We also chewed over the likelihood or not, the latter being more likely, of significant transfer activity before the window shuts as it seems Pearson is true to his word of not buying for the sake of it.

12 home league games without a win - a new & unwanted club record following the 0-1 reverse against Swansea on Friday night.

We discuss the match action which offered some hope for the future. The issue is our goal threat - a distinct lack of! Is JDS now the weakest link? There is agreement amongst the panel that a left side combo of Pring & O'Dowda is the best option.

Cardiff up next and the aerial threat posed by this very physical side for whom Aden Flint has scored a brace in each of his last two games. How will we cope, might we switch to a different formation is another topic discussed along with speculation as transfer deadline day approaches.

A first win in 13 league games was secured at Reading in a performance that showed both how good City can be and at the same time the weaknesses that have been prevalent for too long.

Two classy goals gave City a 2-0 advantage inside a quarter of an hour before sloppy defending gave Reading hope before the break. Alex Scott's first assist set up Weimann to complete his brace but then former loanee, Liam Moore, scored late on after being allowed to run 60 yards unchallenged which meant backs to the wall defending in the closing minutes.

Kalas came in for Baker and showed he's mastered a long throw of the type we've not seen since Magnusson. Cam Pring was given his debut and it was a tactical masterstroke playing him wide left to support Dasilva with pace and physicality.

The win was deserved and 2k travelling fans went home happy.

Ian, Mark and DaveP were joined by former player Chris Honor in this positive and intelligent discussion on the match action

 

 

NP was right in saying carelessness was the main factor in City's defeat at the Riverside but we say you must play your best players which in turn means Kalas must start.

Ian, Lezz, Mark & Headhunter discuss the match action and suggest Kalas should play at right back if NP won't switch to 3-5-2 to accommodate him. It's worth remembering that Kalas played at right back when on loan from Chelsea at both Boro & Fulham in teams that secured promotion to the Premier League.

We try not to join the anti-Pearson debate that is raging on OTIB although we aren't expecting much of a points return from the next two games

Almost 18k at Ashton Gate for a league game some 17 months after the last and a similar 1-1 scoreline against newly promoted Blackpool.

Ian, Mark & DaveP discuss the match action which at the final whistle felt like a defeat with the Seasiders equaliser coming with almost the last kick of the game.

The need for a striker was shown by the fact that City squandered enough chances in the first half to have given them more than Chris Martin's fine headed opener and put the game beyond Blackpool's reach.

Overall it was a solid display but many of last season's failings were still in evidence despite the new midfield access of King & James. Pearson watched the game from a high vantage point in the Lansdown Stand. His late substitutions added nothing, in fact they disrupted the shape and it wasn't a complete surprise when the visitors two subs combined to grab that equaliser.

No minutes for Kalas or Wells and after the game Nagy announced he wants to leave - is Pearson trying to freeze out the high wage earners? Somebody needs to buy them though and we await departures before the window shuts at the end of the month.

 

 

 

 

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