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In The Final Analysis

End of Season Review & Ratings

A personal look back at the 2007/08 season by Bristol Boy

Stat Attack

 

Clean Sheets 

City were joint third on 15. Amazingly, Leicester topped that by two and got relegated!

 

Only five teams conceded fewer goals: Hull, Palace, Wolves, Sheff Utd & Plymouth.

 

Home Record

P23 W13 D7 L3 F33 A20… Points available: 69 Points won:  46 = 67%

 

Only Ipswich won more home games.  Only Stoke won as many.

 

Away Record 

P23  W7 D7 L9 F21 A33... Points available: 69 Points won: 28 = 41%

 

Only four clubs scored fewer goals away & thirteen teams won less away games.

 

Ten teams lost more away games.

 

Goal Scoring 

Only six teams scored fewer goals overall (Wolves, PNE, Norwich, Barnsley, Leics & Scunthorpe).

 

Darren Byfield was our top scorer with 8 League Goals (six as a sub).

 

Bristol City didn’t have a player in the top twenty CCC goal scorers.

 

Assists

Michael McIndoe finished fifth in the CCC with 11 assists.

 

No other City player featured in the top twenty

 

Attendance

Highest 19,332

Lowest  12,474

Average 16,275

 

Our average attendances can’t go up to much better than 10th based on last season as the ground only holds about 19,500 segregated.

 

This season we were 14th.

 

Of the new clubs in our division Forest averaged just under 20,000, Doncaster 8,000 and Swansea 13,000.

 

Of those relegated. Reading 23,000, Birmingham 26,000 and Derby a whopping 32,000.

 

Shooting 

Only seven clubs had more shots on target than City.

 

Adebola finished 14th in the CCC player charts. The only City player to figure in the top 20.

 

Discipline 

Only six clubs had less yellows and four less reds, with Wolves not receiving a red all season.

 

City received 3 reds and 63 yellows

 

 

Summary

After 49 games it’s over and, following a game that typified our season, we didn’t have quite enough in the final third to make it into the promised land after a twenty eight year absence, at the first time of asking.

 

In the end it all came down to one game… but of course, as we all know as followers of Bristol City, it didn’t and a season that had exceeded the expectations of the vast majority of fans I listen to and read comments from, ended in disappointment in front of a packed Wembley at which, as the commentator cleverly said, every ticket, “which was available for sale”, was sold.

 

Many weren’t on open sale and the distribution of tickets was another disappointment that the victors didn’t match. Another lesson to be learned or another summing up of a disconnect?

 

You decide and well done to the Trust for taking it up with our club.

 

Our run in, undermined what we’d so consistently achieved in the first three blocks of ten when we’d averaged 1.7 points a game.

 

The last nine (incl. the play offs)

 

P9 W4 D1 L4 F11 A11

 

“Notional” and actual available points: 27.  Points won: 13.  That’s about 1.4 per game and don’t forget we lost over ninety minutes at Ashton Gate against Palace.

 

That period also summed up our difficulty in scoring goals and we ended the regular season with a goal difference of +1 courtesy of a strong performance against Preston.

 

For the second season, our success has been in spite of our strikers and not because of them. Is it the strikers or the service?

 

IMHO it’s both and we need to address that. AG old boys Cotterill & Lita could be amongst the answers and I’d love to see them back.

 

Back to the games that made up our last nine and I’ll leave the best till last. It was squeaky bum time as a last gasp Brooker header gave us three points that we didn’t really deserve against a battling Norwich at Ashton Gate. It was a nervous, jittery second half display that in many ways was typical of our form in the run in.

 

Off to Southampton and the utter misery of our worst performance, if not result, of the season and a two nil defeat that could have been six as we capitulated in embarrassing manner in front of what is becoming a normal, massive, away following.

 

The balance wasn’t really redressed against Wolves when two immovable objects came up with the most predictable result of the season as No. 1 & No. 3 in the clean sheet list cancelled each other out.

 

Another troubling away performance for at least fifty-five minutes saw Stoke win the CCC decider at The Britannia. Our first half performance, once again without the injured Brooker, was appalling and heralded the end of our automatic promotion hopes despite a spirited last twenty minutes that made what had preceded it all the more baffling.

 

A second tough away game at in-form Sheff Utd saw City regain their game and their composure, yet the goals were missing again despite taking the lead and despite playing well we lost 2-1.

 

Finally, we rallied in a great performance at home to Preston and three fine goals saw City finish fourth.

 

We needed the same performance level against Neil Warnock’s resurgent play-off favourites, Palace at Selhurst Park and boy did we not only find a performance but two spectacular goals and a memorable win.

 

City being City, we couldn’t leave it at that and despite starting where we left off, we conceded a sloppy goal and a penalty that would have seen Palace make the play-off final.

 

Watson’s kick hit the post, extra time arrived and so did another two wonder strikes courtesy of messrs Trundle & McIndoe. Wembley beckoned and so it was on the 24th May 2008, City proudly took the field against Hull.

 

The two footballing teams made it and, in a game that was never a spectacle, Dean Windass’s goal broke the hearts of almost 40,000 Ciderheads or at least, Ciderheads for the day!

 

It’s difficult to talk about this season in anything but glowing terms when you look back.

 

I wrote that I thought we could make the play offs as Colchester had narrowly failed to do the season before. With organisation and  team spirit to match any plus the arrival of £2m worth of new signings, these were and still are exciting times at AG.

 

As things panned out, it was the players that had got us there in the first place that shone as the signings, apart from McIndoe & Elliott struggled to establish themselves. That’s been the pattern of the season until the last few games when Trundle, Carle & Sproule have made positive contributions.

 

Bradley Orr & Marvin Elliott made the PFA CCC select XI and if I had one disappointment it would be that not one of our academy players has featured this season and talk persists of at least one of Ribiero & co moving on.

 

Elliott had a great first half to the season and only an injury that he mostly played through stopped him having an even bigger impact as his goals dried up.

 

Bradley defied the critics who said he wouldn’t be up to it and his goals at vital times coupled with an attitude and a “gratitude” that I like, makes him a key figure at AG… Just like I said you’d be at right back Bradley before you’d played there and you disagreed! Just need to adjust the passing radar and you’ll become a fine player.

 

In terms of next season, I’d like to see at least three top quality players arrive at AG. In truth, I’d prefer around five with something like 7-12 moving out to create space on a growing wage bill.

 

I would guess Keogh, Murray, Russell & Showunmi are nailed on as they’re OOC. Betsy isn’t but also doesn’t look part of GJ’s plans… more Geoff Twentyman’s!!

 

Two strikers with pace and goals are a must and I’d also like to see a right winger like Walters of Ipswich or Lawrence of Stoke. Whilst they may not be available, that’s the calibre of player that we seek to go the extra mile. Add the likes of Brian Howard & Ben Watson, plus the two ex City player mentioned above and I’ll have faith that we can move forward to the promised land and a new stadium for 2011/12.

 

SL can afford it.

 

We will be respected at the start of the season, but not feared until we prove that this season wasn’t the much vaunted “overachievement” that I agree with GJ is disrespectful of our group of players.

 

Everything is in place. We have a wealthy, moreover, stable chairman. A happy and confident management team and the nucleus of a strong squad albeit, it needs the signings mentioned.

 

12,000 ST’s and buoyant corporate sponsorship. Five of the teams joining us in the CCC should bring at least 2,000 away fans to AG to keep the attendances up.

 

GJ’s proved he can manage at CCC level although next season will be a huge challenge with the bar, not to mention expectation levels, raised. He’s had a mixed season in terms of plus £250k signings and he may need clever use of the loan market from the Man Utds & Arsenals of this world if we’re to prevail… He’ll also need his Chairman’s support, not to mention his money!

 

I’m already over the disappointment and looking forward to August and trips to Reading, Birmingham & Derby - although I might give Swansea & Cardiff a miss and those bloody bubble trips!

 

See you next season!

 

Ratings analysis:

 

1. Probably turned up at the wrong ground or missed the coach. Boots on the wrong feet and number on the front of the shirt.

 

2. None of the above but a couple of own goals & sent off.

 

3. Woeful - Didn’t even try and may as well not have been there.

 

4. Poor

 

5. Below average

 

6. Average.Did what you’d expect and no more

 

7. Good

 

8. Very good

 

9. Fantastic - Hat-trick or similar outstanding contribution

 

10. Out of this world and won or saved the game almost on his own

 

Player of the season: Adriano Basso

 

 

Player

This Block

Season

Rating

BASSO

7.2

8

1

ORR

5.7

7

4

MCALLISTER

6.3

7

4

CAREY

6.7

7.8

2

FONTAINE

6.5

7.2

3

MCCOMBE

6.75

6.3

6

ELLIOTT

6.4

7

4

JOHNSON

6

6.8

5

SPROULE

5.3

6

8

TRUNDLE

7.2

6.5

7

MCINDOE

6.8

7

4

 

The above is calculated on an average of  the 49 individual ratings and based on appearances made.

 

If a player made less than thirty appearances either as a sub or starter he doesn’t feature hence no ratings for late signings Adebola & Carle and players like Brian Wilson & David Noble 

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