Bristol City chat
Remember, this is a project .....
1:20:40Recording this podcast some 15 hours after the final whistle meant DaveFevs, Mark, Ian & DaveP were in a relatively philosophical mood when dissecting last night's action at Ashton Gate where 50 seconds of madness in injury time against resurgent Forest saw City snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We ask how many of the current team would get in the successful 2017/18 pre-Christmas line up along with discussing how Nigel should set up the team in another tough test at the Hawthorns this coming weekend. We agree Nigel is still the man with Ian the only dissenter with his jury's out view. Barnsley next up ..... a win after 17?
2nd best but we didn‘t even compete - Bournemouth [H] reviewed
56:11It was never going to be easy against unbeaten league leaders Bournemouth but the early departure of Joe Williams after just 13 minutes seemed to knock the stuffing out of a City side whose winless home run is 16 games! Ian & DaveP discuss the match action starting with the fact that the side were set up wrong to begin with. By the end City were so outclassed that the visitors were knocking the ball around like it was a practice game. We discuss the fact that 12 years ago the Cherries were struggling in League 2 - is it just taking an £8M fine for breaching FFP for one season that created a platform for 5 seasons in the top flight? We look forward to Tuesday's game at home to Forest - that home win may still elude as with the visitors resurgent under Steve Cooper by winning 4 of the last 5
City successful on the road again in a 5 goal thriller at soggy Peterboro
1:02:21Ian, Lezz & DaveP debate an enthralling game at London Road where Chris Martin answered his critics by grabbing the winner and late saves from Dan Bentley meant it stayed that way in another match where we weren't that convincing. Sitting in 9th with a quarter of the season gone is no mean feat at this still early stage of the Pearson era but we were defensively ragged at times with the opposition again allowed far too many crosses. Joe Williams played a full 90 minutes and at last showed the sort of form that proves what an asset he is and George Tanner appears now to have made that right back spot his own as well as scoring his first goal for the club. The international break offers time for the injured to recover before a testing 3 games in 8 days against leaders Bournemouth, a resurgent Forest [both at home] and WBA.
We lost and it was poor - a review of Millwall [A]
1:02:53This defeat had echoes of the rubbish that we thought we had seen the back of! Ian, Mark & DaveP discuss a dire game at the Den, preview Peterborough and predict a points haul in the five games that follow the international break before there's another one!
KP Nuts Fulham with neat finish as City get point against classy opponents
50:01Ignoring 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
Hoops destroyed by Nahki‘s late strike
57:32Having 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.
The sum of the parts
1:02:09Ian & 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]
Unwanted home record extended but we ARE getting better
53:1513 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.
Early term report ..... in conversation with Dave Fevs
58:54DaveFevs 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
The Shape of things to come?
1:00:14DaveP, 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.