Can Boro Match Bristol City?
By Rob Nichols
Thursday 29 Aug 2019 15:57:00
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Boro take on in-form Bristol City in an early kick off at Ashton Gate on Saturday. Always a tough away game for fans and players alike but with the Robins currently on a roll and Boro still acclimatising to a new style and ethos this one is bound to be test. Boro play Bristol City at Ashton Gate, 12.30pm kick off.

Boro fans will need to hit the road very early on Saturday morning with the away game helpfully switched for SKY for a high noon showdown. Appalling really to have make such a long journey so early, hopefully everyone will be heading the other way on their ways back from their August holidays.

Since receiving an early dressing down by Leeds United the Bristol fans have seen their well fancied side pick up points and prizes home and away. Unbeaten in four and victors of the last three, including outstanding away wins at Derby and Hull, Lee Johnson’s Robins are most certainly bob bob bobbing along. It would be most satisfying to knock them off their perch.

There has been a definite improvement to be seen from Woodgate’s Boro since the defeat at Blackburn. The win at Wigan came despite an error blighted performance. Although being held to a draw by visitors Millwall, Boro cut out the sloppy passes and played some progressive football. But we will need to upgrade substantially to match up to Bristol City. This will be a good measure of where we are up to.

We have enjoyed a week off, a rare luxury in this relentless league but just about the one and only good point of taking an early exit from the League Cup. But then again Bristol City ended their cup campaign early going down 5-4 on penalties at Loftus Road. So, there will be no advantage there for us.

Dael Fry could be ready to step up into the first team although Shotton and Ayala both played well last time out. Woodgate will have to decide whether to recall Lewis Wing in favour of George Saville. He is still being careful with Wing after his operation and speedy first team call up towards the close of last season. Will Marvin Johnson leapfrog Marcus Browne having replaced the youngster from the bench in the last two games? And can Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga stay on song. We need more goals from midfield from McNair and Wing but goal-den performances from eth forwards really drive confidence through the team and the supporters.

It will not be an easy day on Saturday for Boro fans taking the long, early trip to then seeing their side taking on a bang in form team. City is a team and club that has been developing from season to season under Lee Johnson and look poised to go above and beyond the top ten finishes this time around.

How satisfying it would be then for Boro to peg Bristol City back and for Jonathan Woodgate to show that this team can go toe to toe with the leading lights in the division.

Come on Boro and Up The Boro

Oh as a mark of solidarity for the fans of Bury the Football Supporters Association are calling on all fans to deliver a round of applause on the 27th minute to show our solidarity for the first club to be expelled from the Football League in 27 years.

 



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