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Attendance: 21,542

Referee: Eltringham

Bristol CityAston Villa
Paterson (60)Onomah (64)
Fielding     Johnstone    
Pisano     Chester    
Wright     Terry    
Baker     Samba     45
Bryan     Taylor    
Brownhill     Whelan    
Smith     Hourihane    
Pack     86 Elmohamady    
Paterson     86 Onomah    
Diedhiou     74 Green     80
Reid     Davis     79
Flint     Lansbury    
O'Dowda     86 Hogan     79
Woodrow     74 Agbonlahor    
Eliasson     86 Steer    
Magnusson     Bree     45
O'Neil     Bjarnason     80
Lucic     Adomah    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday August 25 2017
Time: 9:30PM


Lest start with the negatives so i can end on a positive note because a whole heap of positives tonight. Terry is quickly becoming a bit of a calamity. Lucky not to give away a couple of penalties. If i never see Bruce try and play 3 at the back again it will be too soon. With the ageing legs of Terry and Samba (even though samba did well) it leaves us wide open. A slow lumbering back line is no way to go. Some of the passing was a bit slack. Got to tighten that up. Now the positives. We didn't lose!! Up against a tough and well organised BC. Glad to see Bruce realised the 3 at the back was a mistake and changed it quickly. I would have liked to see Bree come on sooner. Davis and Green showing why they should play every week. Good attacking substitutions. Picked themselves up after the goal and came back and tried to fight. That wouldn't have happened last season. Would have liked to see Adomah come on 2nd half. Some fresh legs on that side might have helped.
25/08/2017 21:41:00
Would have liked a win,but I think we are getting there, a lot more fight, John Terry looked done though.
AV Dave
25/08/2017 21:46:00
Back three wasn't good, but credit to Bruce he changed it pretty quickly. And yes good fightback with no crumble at one nil - a huge improvement on what we are used to. Not great but positives again so I'll take that and it's only a point, but that's a point I don't think we'd have got last season.
25/08/2017 21:51:00
I thought the substitution of Green should've happened a bit sooner because he was not at the races second half. Bjarnasson gave us a spark. But overall I thought we played well and deserved more... like Skepti says We didn't lose! I thought all the changes were spot on, including the tactical switch.. I think the issue with Terry is he stands off more now than he used to, hence getting hit with the ball...
25/08/2017 21:51:00
Definite signs of improvement. I thought a draw was a fair result in the end. We started the second half well and their goal really came out of nothing (and then we did the same!). Midfield was getting a bit overrun but the double substitution by Bruce gave us some fresh legs and helped relieve the pressure on our defence. I think with a couple of tweaks here and there, we will move up the table. I was in the Bruce out brigade before, but the last 3 games have shown definite signs of improvement. Still a long way to go though. Davis and Onomah look like great prospects. Shame Onomah is only on loan..
25/08/2017 22:02:00
Think Terry is adjusting to a new team and new surroundings. He had better players around him at Chelski and they played a system under most of their quality managers. Give him time, like Jedi, and we will see him improve as the partnership with Chester develops. After Bruce ejected the 3 at the back experiment, we definitely saw an improvement as others have said. If Elmo had been better or subbed for Adomah, I think we would have won, but isn't it obvious that Bruce has his players - how was Flabby even near the bench tonight, that was O'Hare's spot.
25/08/2017 22:03:00
At the start of the second half when I saw that SB had replaced Samba with Bree, I thought that he had realized his mistake in trying again 3 at the back. Then I saw Samba with an ice pack on his knee so I am not so sure he has realized ! We do not have players to play 3 at the back - that requires all 3 to be mobile and good on the ball. With the possible exception of Chester we do not have them. Nor do we have the very good wing backs that the system needs. Consequently much more balanced in the second half with 4 at the back. Please SB stick with that and play Hourihane in a more advanced position with Green out wide. I am convinced that had we started the game with that system we would have won the match before half time.
25/08/2017 22:18:00
Have to say -every match this season in the Championship we have got what we deserved. No more, no less.
25/08/2017 22:36:00
This is why I'm off Bruce, we have a great win on the weekend and he changes the whole team and formation?!?! Ridiculous, how can you expect the players to get any fluidity. All the top managers have their set formation and back it while making tiny tweaks, Bruce doesn't know what to do or who to play. Xia is doing his bit like signing Snodgrass who is brilliant but he deserves better with the manager.
25/08/2017 23:44:00
A point away, four out of the next six are at home with two away games that are one's we must look to win, must have a run of consecutive wins, needs some clean sheets too. So SB stick with the attacking and get some points on the board. One disappointment tonight was seeing Gabby take a place on the bench, surely with all the great performances the last two games it should of been brimming with our youngsters ? How long before he's back in the team !!!!!
25/08/2017 23:54:00
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