Bristol City 2 Charlton Athletic 1
Not sure what to think about that. Watching was quite intense, but looking back the game was split into intervals. One thing is for sure we did not deserve to lose.
I thought the first half hour we imposed ourselves on the game excellently with Sam Field as the midfield pivot the real catalyst for our high pressing driving game. We held the ball well and had some good forward moments in the 1st half without really threatening, but nor did they.
Losing first Field and then JFC, now in an even more alien position of left-back, was a killer. You could tell it shook us. The changes weren’t necessarily drastic although I don’t like Solly at left back and Pratley was clearly being saved for Saturday, but it hit our flow and I’m sure Bowyer was pleased to get them back to the changing room.
After a team talk we started the 2nd half on the front foot, moving the ball well, and getting in down the wings. Bonne had a fine curling shot just wide. I was impressed with Kayal’s confidence and he was fully involved. The Israeli also had a shot pushed over. Gallagher was buzzing about and we were getting close to taking the lead.
Then there was a crazy five minutes as the pendulum changed and City were throwing everything at us. Black shirts were blocking everything and lady luck shone for a few. Phillips made a couple of fantastic saves to keep it goalless.
Then we broke out quickly and Bonne, who was excellent throughout, kept his composure as the City keeper raced out to meet a lovely Kayal through-ball, but he was 2nd best as Bonne came away with it and planted the ball into the empty net in front of 1,300 Addicks.
In the ten minutes that followed we could easy have got a second. Bonne had a one-on-one saved and Pratley trying to catch City’s errant keeper out, almost scored with a magnificent curling shot.
City were still dangerous and made a couple of substitutions, and two of them were to have a big impact on the game. Diedhiou scored the equalizer, although he knew little of it.
After that goal the game settled down and looked to be heading for a draw. With 4 minutes left Diedhiou got rightly sent off for kicking Pearce on the ground three times. Lee Johnson said he will appeal. Honesty wtf.
We seemed to panic then and showed our naivety. Meanwhile ex-Charlton youngster Kasey Palmer was very influential and it was his 98th minute pass forward that saw Brownhill break our hearts.
Bowyer’s substitution of Kayal for Aneke was the main talking point, and hindsight is easy. Aneke I am sure was expected to be a large presence in midfield and hold the ball to wind down the clock, but he was poor and we caved after they went down to 10 men. Still, we did not deserve to come away pointless but the injuries to Field and JFC, plus news of Williams will make the journey back home a long one.
Addicks at Ashton Gate:
Bow: “But I said to the lads; ‘we have to learn from this’. We have to be more ruthless. The amount of chances that we had in the first half in so many good areas and we just didn’t punish them.“
Elsewhere: Just 5 points separate top from us in 10th. Tonight Derby won late at home to Wigan, Hull won at Forest where Josh Magennis scored and saw red and Mitrovic scored a hat-trick as Fulham kept Luton at bay 3-2. Huddersfield and Middlesbrough drew 0-0.
A disappointing result. The injuries to Field and JFC required 2 subs to be used. Although Solly played on the left I thought he did quite well, Pratley was fine.But we only had one sub left to use for tactical purposes in the second half and it was inevitable that Kayal could not be expected to last 90mins and would be subbed. Since the preseason game at Welling I have been convinced That Aneke does not have the pace or technical ability to play as a no10. If subs were available maybe Aneke could have replaced Leko and played up front and Oztumer brought on in midfield . Morgan must be recalled as soon as possible as he is significantly better than Oztumer and the other midfielders available.I was pleasantly surprised to see Davison on the subs bench.
rierti – I am not sure Morgan’s loan can be broken. What do you think of Bonne so far?
I think you are right about Morgan which is why I said he should recalled as soon as possible rather than immediately, he could be available for Preston game Nov4. I think his loan was only for a month.
Bonne has done very well in the circumstances I prefer him to Leko and Hamed as the partner for Taylor when he returns. I hope Davison is able to get some pitch time tomorrow, at least he is being fast tracked. Doughty has been recalled from Bromley he has pace and technical ability but may need to mature physically before getting his chance.Dempsey has played well recently for U23s and could get on the bench.