Last week we drew a game we probably should have lost, this week we drew a game we should have won, and I’ve been saying I don’t believe in karma for years…
West Bromwich Albion were far from what I had expected and going into the game I would have been happy with a draw, but to go away disappointed speaks volumes of our overall performance.
For over 80 minutes we were clear winners and could have extended our lead on multiple occasions. However, as clichéd as it sounds, football is more than 80 minutes, and after some calamitous defending, West Brom were able to score the two goals within a mere two minutes of each other.
It’s easy to point the blame at certain individuals, at the substitutions, but that’s been done enough on Twitter over the past couple of days. What matters most is what we learn from this result, and if we can take that into the next game.
Bristol City, like us, have found themselves with 16 points after 10 games, though its safe to say that their form throughout the season so far has been inconsistent, particularly in past four games. Losing two and drawing two of their last four, positivity seems to be dwindling.
The Robins recruited well over the Summer, bringing in players like Weimann, Kalas and Wednesday’s Jack Hunt for an undisclosed fee. Although this came with the loss of top-scorer Bobby Reid, Joe Bryan and centre-back Aden Flint, and losing as many core players as they did is a lot to recover from.
Lee Johnson has seen criticism recently for his side’s slow starts to games, and this could work in Wednesday’s favour, but they will need to take the game to Bristol early to avoid some of the results we have seen at Ashton Gate in the last three years.
Barry Bannan returning from suspension is arguably the best possible news, and it’s more than likely he will go straight back into the team, as good as Josh Onomah was.
Lees, Hector, Thorniley
Palmer, Pelupessy, Bannan, Penney
Reach, Fletcher, Forestieri
I can’t see much change with how we have been performing recently; Bannan is an obvious inclusion, though I do think Onomah did incredibly well to step up and put in an influential performance. Other than that, the midfield really needs to go unchanged, many criticised Pelupessy for his role in the two goals conceded against West Brom, but his performance up until that point was exceptional and his ability to cut out opposition attacks would be sorely missed if he was dropped.
Nuhiu did a really good job up front against the Hawthorns, however Fletcher just seems to offer that little bit more, particularly when it comes to his ability to head the ball on to Reach and Forestieri.
The same goes for Pudil, he played well but Thorniley is a far more solid centre-back despite not having the same forward-play as Pudil.
Once again we are presented with an opportunity to redeem ourselves against a team that is under-performing, and maybe we can finally eliminate those Ashton Gate woes.
Picture Credit: Sheffield Wednesday