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Bristol City’s season to forget has been a disaster from day one

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Bristol City’s Championship season has been one of the worst that I can remember.

Ryan Wallace (@rjwbcfc) tweeted that we had the lowest expected goals for and the second most expected goals against in the league and despite having, on average, the fewest shots per game and an expected league position of 24th, we finished 19th.

Thankfully, winning our first four games under Dean Holden meant that we didn’t become embroiled in the relegation battle but our performances and results over the second-half of the season have been shocking.

The appointment of Holden was a gamble, it wasn’t one that I felt would work and sadly that proved to be the case. Dean was part of a coaching team that had failed in its goal and a clean slate was what was required.

Dean is a top man and will hopefully go on to have a successful managerial career, but it was just not the right time for him.

Even if Mark Ashton wasn’t leaving for a new role at Ipswich Town his position would surely have been called into question after the season we have had. It speaks volume that over 3,000 fans voted Ashton’s leaving announcement as the Supporters Club & Trusts Champagne Moment of the Season.

There is no doubt that injuries have played a massive part in our season, again Ryan pointing out that the playing squad have missed a combined 567 games this season through injury.

After the Brentford defeat, Nigel Pearson highlighted the availability of players and the baseline fitness of the squad not being high enough and he is bang on.

The club must hold a full inquiry, just how much can be made public is dependent on the findings, but the sheer number of injuries, the hamstring injuries alone, and the number of players who returned from injury were then ruled out for the season is shocking.

I look at the fight and passion shown by Wycombe Wanderers and Rotherham United, two teams that have ended up relegated and can’t help but feel just how lucky we have been to avoid the drop.

Even in a couple of those early games, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest we didn’t really deserve the three points, but that’s football.

We must learn from this. I expect a fitter and stronger squad both physically and mentally next season. I think we need 7 or 8 new players to come in and players who are leaders and demand effort and desire from those around them.



Ivan Toney celebrates scoring against Bristol City (Rogan/JMP)

Tomas Kalas didn’t feature in the matchday squad with Pearson saying in his pre-match press conference that Tomas needs a rest and then after the game that it was a selection decision. Draw your own conclusions.

Alex Scott started for the first time and Bristolian Louis Britton made the substitutes’ bench for the first time.

Brentford had already secured third spot and a place in the play-offs and would prove just too strong for a young Bristol City side.

We played well in the first-half and showed more spirit and effort than we have in recent weeks, but the second-half showed the gulf in class and, once Ivan Toney had scored the opener (congratulations to him on a record 31 goals for the Championship), there was only ever going to be one winner.

There were some highlights: Nathan Baker putting in some typically crunching challenges and a performance from Scott that showed some real promise.

Baker is out of contract and it will be interesting to see if the club offer him a new deal and if they do whether he accepts it.

Scott belies his age, showing for the ball and taking it under pressure. I love his confidence, taking charge of dead balls and I would like to see him stay with the first-team squad rather than going out on loan next season.

It was good to see Jay Dasilva back in a City shirt and he showed what we have missed in terms of a full-back getting forward.



Danny Simpson clears the ball against Brentford (Will Cooper/JMP)

On the opposite side, Danny Simpson did well enough defensively for the first hour, but I’m not convinced that he will offer enough going forward and I wouldn’t be offering him a contract. I think there will be better options available.

The standout moment was the goal for Britton. I’ve been calling for Louis to be given an opportunity and it was great to see him not only get on the pitch but score his debut goal. What a moment for him and his family.

Louis asked Scott to play the ball to Baker and he anticipated the header and scored with a first time shot.

So, the rebuild begins and we will I am sure be saying goodbye to the likes of Famara Diedihou, Jack Hunt and Tommy Rowe, and just how many others remains to be seen.

I genuinely hope that Pearson does add to his coaching team as what we have witnessed this season both offensively and defensively has been shambolic, and the coaching has to come into question.

I’ve been fortunate that in a season that has been so depressing, I have been able to talk about it with 3 Peaps In A Podcast Bonus show host Patch Warner and other fans after every game.

It really is good to talk, and I would like to thank all those fans who have contributed to the show, especially those from around the world; we have had fans on from South Africa (Dean), New Zealand (Ryan) and Australia (Beth).

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There are some great Bristol City Podcasts out there all showing just how much this club matters to them. Congratulations to them all.

Our final Bonus show ratings were: Bentley 7, Simpson 5, Mariappa 7, Baker 7 *MotM, Dasilva 6, Massengo 5, Bakinson 4, Palmer 5, Scott 6, Conway 6 and Wells 5.

On to Nige and it was a 5. Brentford are miles apart from us and of course Pearson has little to choose from so the score is meaningless. Next season will be all Nige and I expect to see 7’s and 8’s with a few 9’s thrown in.

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