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Bristol City player ratings vs Sheffield United: Kalas stands strong but midfield goes missing

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Dan Bentley – 6

Couldn’t do much about the goals and it was another busy afternoon for the Robins captain. Did make some big saves from Gibbs-White and McGoldrick in keeping the Robins in the game but there was only so long the tide could be stemmed.

Zak Vyner – 6

A pretty decent showing from the defender who had McGoldrick to contend with but held his position well. Maybe, just maybe he could have helped Scott out a bit more when Stevens broke but, then again, at times it seemed like Sheffield United had five men forward so it was an impossible choice to make.

Tomas Kalas – 7

City’s best player and the reason why it was probably only two goals, albeit with a healthy dose of wastefulness by the Blades forward. The Czech made some outstanding blocks and tries his utmost to keep the scoreline down. The lack of midfield protection meant it was wave upon wave of attack running at him.

Nathan Baker – 6

Some huge booming headers and plenty of full-blooded commitment from the defender, something which unfortunately led to him stretchered off as he sustained a head injury. It should be highlighted that one block with his chest from a McGoldrick strike denied what looked a certain goal.

Alex Scott – 5

Another tough afternoon for the teenager on the defensive end with McGoldrick popping up in his lane and then sending Enda Stevens on the overlap. He was exposed a few times but stuck to his task well and made some key defensive interceptions. His set-piece taking was sadly a little off, though.

Tyreeq Bakinson – 4

One of those games for the midfielder, unfortunately, who did have a couple of attempts at goal as he joined up with the attack but he never got to grips with the Sheffield United midfield and was given the runaround throughout. A shame, a few days after his contract was extended, he couldn’t show more evidence of his progression.



Han-Noah Massengo battles with Sheffield United’s Rhian Brewster (JMP)

Han-Noah Massengo – 5

Struggled to impact the game and he scores one more than Bakinson by virtue of staying on the pitch for longer. That being said, City went with virtually a 4-2-4 to try and force an equaliser and he and Scott were completely outnumbered and overmatched.

Ayman Benarous – 5

The teenager’s sharp learning curve continues and although there was plenty of effort and endeavour, he just couldn’t get in the game. But that was true of so many City players.

Callum O’Dowda – 5

Made some positive runs in the first-half as Baker looked to set him free and that area behind Jayden Bogle looked to be a possible weakness for City to exploit but as the game wore on, he found himself going backwards and having to constantly defend.

Andi Weimann – 4

Had one break in the second-half as Martin played him into space, which conjured up memories of 2019 but he checked his run ever so slightly and the moment passed. Other than that there was so little service coming his way, it was nigh-on impossible for him to impact the game.



Sheffield United defender Chris Basham beats Chris Martin in the air

Chris Martin – 4

Similar to Weimann, it’s so hard to judge because if he’s never actually given the ball, what exactly can he do? That being said, Chris Basham’s towering presence definitely limited any aerial threat Martin may have posed.

Substitutes

Rob Atkinson (for Baker, 62) – 5

Struggled to keep a lid on Gibbs-White as he was introduced for Baker. Did make one vital tackle to deny a probable goal.

Nahki Wells (for Benarous, 64) – 5

Did try and provide something different in the final third, demanding the ball be played over the top, and made himself busy.

Antoine Semenyo (for Bakinson, 76) – 5

Pearson went for broke and Semenyo did enjoy some touches in the final third but was well and truly shut down.

Subs not used: Max O’Leary, Jay Dasilva, Danmny Simpson, Cam Pring

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