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The Three Pointer Vs. Bristol City

The Three Pointer Vs. Bristol City

Overview

Championship football returns to St. Andrew`s tomorrow as Blues take on Bristol City in their first home league game of the season.

There's been plenty of history between the two clubs in the last few months. First, Blues beat Lee Johnson`s side at Ashton Gate on the final day of last season to secure their Championship status.

And, as we know, more recently, Harry Redknapp has had his eyes on two of Bristol City`s key players. Bids (described as derisory by Johnson) for Aden Flint and Joe Bryan have been rejected and it looks like Blues may well have to move on.

Our 5-1 win against Crawley Town in midweek was the perfect response to the opening day defeat at Ipswich and the confidence some of the players gained from that (particularly Che Adams) should give us a slight boost.

Bristol City have started the season on fire winning their two games in the league and cup. They have also scored eight goals in the process so they will arrive at St. Andrew`s with the mindset that they can beat us.

Approach

Redknapp`s transfer window is far from over and there's still a number of players likely to come through the door. But, in the meantime, the current squad have got to find a way to win games.

I suspect that the team will be the same as last week, with Adams supporting Clayton Donaldson in a 4-4-1-1 formation. The cup game in midweek gave a few fringe players the opportunity to stake their claim and one man really stood out- David Cotterill.

We all know what he brings to the table. He might be frustrating and he does drift in and out of games, but he creates chances and Blues are more of a danger with him in the side. I really hope that he gets a place at least on the bench. As much as David Davis does a job on the right side of midfield, he doesn't provide the width and isn't a natural winger.

Bristol City are a dangerous side, there`s no doubting that. Blues will have to be on their game and they've got to hold some sort of control of it. Being the home side, the onus is on Blues to try and break them down and it's something that we've got to be able to do.

If we can get the breakthrough, then I think we`ll be good enough to sit on it, soak up a bit more pressure and play on the counter. But, from the outset, it's up to Blues to go out and get the three points.

Exploit

Like I said in the first edition of The Three Pointer, it's still very hard to judge teams with it being early in the season and there isn't much information to go off.

But, looking at how Blues have profited against Bristol City recently, it's clear that we should look to exploit the space and loose balls that drop.

If we can get Adams into little pockets of space in behind the Bristol midfield, then that will really give him the chance to motor. I also think that Emilio Nsue can play a big part in getting down the right wing and crossing balls in.

It will then boil down to whether we can get the numbers in and around the box to pick up the pieces and take advantage of the loose balls like I said.

We`re not the sort of team that are going to go out and score the perfect goal, so Adams and Donaldson may have to live off those scraps and turn them into something to our benefit.

It's vitally important that we at least get off the mark points wise tomorrow and a win is all we should really be aiming for. It will be a tough test but one that Blues should relish so here's hoping for three points to get us going this season.



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Writer:Luke Turner
Date:Friday August 11 2017
Time: 3:30PM

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A tasty match I look forward to with relish,this is after all the team that made no secret they wanted to relegate us and threw everything but the kitchen sink at us in an effort to do just that. I agree re Cotterill,I hope Harry gives him a chance to shine,great at dead ball situations,a good crosser of the ball and a natural winger,he can provide moments of brilliance which is what we have been lacking. Their manager has been openly disrespectful of Redknapp,this is a game I hope for more than one reason we beat them.Make no mistakes,Bristol City will be stronger this season and this is a good tester to see if we have improved much with the three additions.We should be looking to take three points,I hope we do however I am unsettled,uncomfortable with the issue of no added firepower up front.Won't be easy. KRO
Le Hane
11/08/2017 16:28:00
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