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SEIZE THE DAY

Nineteen Wins, But How Close Has It Been? 


By Bristol Boy

They (ever wondered who THEY are??) say what goes around comes around and you often hear managers, GJ included, talk about luck evening itself out over the course of a season.

 

I thought I’d examine that and see just how much lady luck has played a part in our season.

 

Won 19

- Three Goal Margin:1

- Two Goal Margin: 3

- One Goal Margin:15

 

  • Scunthorpe 2-1-Two great goals from Trundle and a deserved if close win.
  • Wednesday 1-0 Wilson scored, daylight robbery!
  • Coventry 3-0 Our biggest winning margin, deserved but we could have been two down after thirty minutes with McIndoe’s goal proving to be the turning point.
  • Sheff Utd: 2-0 Live on Sky and one of our best ninety minute showings.
  • Norwich:3-1 Great second half display, but we could have been three or four down after twenty minutes.
  • Soton:2-1 Two efforts on target in ninety minutes and both of them went in! Battered in the second half and we could have lost or drawn this one.
  • Stoke:1-0 Tight but deserved win against the binary boy.
  • Watford:2-1 Much more than a smash and grab raid as we passed the whoosh boys off the park. Included a fine Noble performance and one of Enoch’s better games as he battered Shittu - deserved this one.
  • Ipswich: 2-0 in a revenge match that saw another backs to the wall second half performance and a wonder show for another clean sheet from Basso.
  • Cardiff; 1-0 Another tight game, but a deserved win.
  • Barnsley: 3-2 Edged it and came back from a goal down twice with two strikers scoring in one game and another late, late goal!
  • Burnley: 1-0 Mud bath and Vasko came good but we were worth no more than a draw and Burnley should have won it.
  • Coventry: 2-1 Didn’t see this one.
  • Blackpool:1-0 Should have been a draw, but we edged it.
  • Weds:2-1 Good performance and worth more than an odd goal win with Weds scoring late via Bullen’s screamer.
  • Scunthorpe: 1-0 Could have gone either way, but in truth we probably edged the second half and did enough to win.
  • Colchester:2-1 Didn’t see this one.
  • Hull:2-1 A draw would have been a fair result as we entered gale season and this could be a massive result at the end of the season.
  • Norwich: 2-1 A draw may have been fair, but Norwich could well have won this one.

In fairness, we should have lost by three or four at Wednesday and perhaps that game helped set the tone for the season? Burnley can count themselves unlucky not to have gained all three points with Akinbiyi hitting the post three times and Basso doing the usual heroics. Apart from that, other games like Soton, Hull, Blackpool, Norwich & Ipswich could point to a point a piece being fairer.

 

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Drew 13

2-2: 2

1-1: 7

0-0: 4

 

  • QPR 2-2 A seven-foot-tall striker gets one of the few assists of his career, but the result was fair as Fontaine & Henderson did well for us.
  • Blackpool:1-1 Weale had a blinder or we’d have got a stuffing.
  • WBA:1-1 Basso played out of his skin as we took a second half battering until Orr equalised.
  • Burnley: Last gasp overhead kick from a centre half stole two points, but a draw was fair overall.
  • PNE:Tough game and they probably shaded it although Murray almost won it at the death.
  • Wolves: 1-1 Another tough one but Fontaine’s header earned us a point as we improved a the game wore on.
  • Plymouth: 1-1 A Trundle-inspired second half performance and an outrageous own goal gave City a deserved point.
  • Hull: 0-0 Excellent first half performance until McAllister’s sending off saw us have a mountain to climb in the second period. We could have even snatched it at the end as Byfield was denied a justified penalty.
  • Colchester: 1-1 They could have been two-nil up before a cracker from Sproule earned a point which was a fair result.
  • Palace: 1-1 Worth the Sky Subscription for Warnock’s rant alone and another reason why City shouldn’t complain about late goals.
  • Charlton: 1-1 And a second-half performance of real quality saw City earn a point in a game that could have finished win, lose or draw.
  • Leicester: 0-0 Should have been about five or six two. Hands up for that one.
  • Watford:  0-0 Losing LJ was more of a blow than some thought but neither side did enough to win this one and Basso the brave gave City a point they just about deserved.

Whilst we could have won three or four, however in truth, not one of those was in “we was robbed territory!”

 

Lost 9

 

- Six Goal Margin:1

- Three Goal Margin:3

- Two Goal Margin: 2

- One Goal Margin:3

 

  • Barnsley 0-3 Outplayed for one of the few times this season and it could have been more.
  • Charlton: 0-1 Didn’t see it but apparently it was snatch & grab.
  • Ipswich: 0-6 Nuff Said?
  • Leicester: 0-2 Real dire stuff and no complaints as we were out muscled.
  • WBA: 1-4 After competing well in the first half we were outclassed in a powerful display that could have been of Ipswich proportions.
  • Palace: 0-2 Out muscled in the capital and the whoosh boys won the day despite a promising Nick Carle debut.
  • QPR: 0-3 Could have been worse but at least it was a football team.
  • Plymouth: 1-2 No worse then we were against Norwich but with some comedy defensive moments from set pieces and bad luck.
  • Cardiff: 1-2 Gale force winds that we couldn’t cope with in the second half.

We could have won at Cardiff or at least got a draw with Brooker’s “goal” and perhaps should have taken a draw or even snatched a win against Plymouth, however, there can’t be any real complaints in the games I’ve seen.

 

For me this all points to a marvellous opportunity because, there can be no doubt that we’ve happened into a competitive, even or low quality (* delete as applicable) division that refuses to have a run away leader and I’d put our table topping position down to:

  • Determination, organisation, team ethic, work rate & commitment:60%
  • Quality: 25%
  • Luck / rub of the green:15%.

Frankly, I don’t care and I’ll care even less if come Aug 2009 we’re kicking off at Old Trafford… or even slumming it at St James Park!!

 

Five games to go and my one request to the group of players we have is very simple: never come off the pitch thinking that you could have done more, because there isn’t one of you that’s ever more likely to have the opportunity to become a Premiership Player.

 

The cry has to be “Seize The Day”!

The views expressed in this 'Soapbox' section are those of the author of each article and do not necessarily reflect those of the Bristol City Supporters Trust

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