Bristol City fans' panel: Reaction to League One defeat at Wolves
CITY fell to their second defeat of the season last Saturday as an impressive Wolves side left Ashton Gate with all three points.
We started in a 3-5-2 formation, which means that for width we heavily rely on Cunningham and Moloney to get up and down the pitch. Unfortunately as Wolves possess such good wingers in Sako and Ismael they were able to push Cunningham and Moloney deep and not allow them to get forward.
The away side were dominant in the first half as City’s defence and midfield sat back, allowing Wolves to see a lot of the ball and put pressure on us.
Their reward came on 22 minutes. Youngster Williams, starting in place of the injured Fontaine, gave away a clumsy free-kick and Sako scored an exquisite goal into the top corner from 25 yards.
On 35 minutes Kilkenny was hauled off early for the second week running. He is a player who doesn’t seem to react well when the going gets tough and I can’t help but think O’Driscoll is losing patience with him.
The Australian’s departure allowed us to switch to a 4-4-2 formation and in the second half we looked a much better team. A Stearman error allowed Baldock to break clear and he cut the ball back to the superb Emmanuel-Thomas for his third goal of the season to make it 1-1.
But City conceded in the last 10 minutes for the third time this season (ie every league game we’ve played) to give Wolves the win. It was another disappointing one to concede with Wagstaff failing to block a cross and Cunningham losing Doherty at the back post, who volleyed in past Fielding.
We must cut out these sloppy errors at the back quickly if we are to challenge near the top of the table this season.
On Saturday we travel to MK Dons and make our first appearance at the imaginatively named “Stadium mk” (3pm). The Dons have made an unbeaten start to the season and will prove to be another stern test for City.
The following Tuesday (August 27) City host Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
The draw has also been made for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and has handed City a first competitive meeting with local rivals Bristol Rovers in more than six years. The game against the League Two club has been selected for Sky TV coverage on Wednesday, September 4.
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