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Bristol City Preview - Home, November 29

Bristol City Preview - Home, November 29

WATFORD FACE a tough proposition this Tuesday night as a resurgent Bristol City visit the Vic'.

Under new boss and one-time Watford target, Derek McInnes, the West County outfit have improved immeasurably and beat league-leaders Southampton on Saturday.

With just one addition made since his arrival - that of Derby County winger Stephen Pearson, McInnes appears to have instilled some confidence in a previously ailing squad.

Results have been good for the former St Johnstone boss with four wins, a draw and just one defeat from his six matches in charge at Ashton Gate.

McInnes made his managerial bow with the SPL side, overseeing 177 league and cup matches in Scotland before returning South to continue his adventure in the English game.

On paper, the squad built by his predecessor, Keith Millen, is really quite strong.

The likes of Nicky Maynard, Lewin Nyatanga, Damion Stewart, Jon Stead and Marvin Elliott are all experienced Championship campaigners by now and with rough diamonds such as Albert Adomah and Yannick Bolasie playing their part too, there's a good blend for the Robins.

Maynard is the stand-out man, and the former Crewe Alexandra forward scored again on Saturday, with the aid of a deflection, taking his City record to 44 league goals in 102 league starts. Not bad for a man who has suffered terrible luck in the injury department.

Powerful midfield enforcer Elliott moved to Ashton Gate on a free transfer from Millwall in 2007 and has not looked back. A regular at the heart of midfield, the bulky 27 year-old is rapidly approaching 200 league appearances for the club. Strong in the tackle and blessed with great natural fitness, Elliott is a match for anyone in the division.

On the flanks, former Barnet wide-boys Adomah and Bolasie (on-loan from Plymouth), have made the step-up from League Two football impressively and Adomah in particular has proven himself a key man. Pacey and direct, the former Harrow Borough winger has chipped in with 10 league strikes in 63 start over two seasons. Bolasie is still finding his feet however.

This will be a tough clash for the Hornets who would have preferred to take City on a couple of months ago.

Only defender Liam Fontaine is out for the visitors whilst Watford could be robbed of the services of Marvin Sordell. Jonathan Hogg is back from suspension to hand Sean Dyche a selection headache in the engine room.

Probable Teams:

Loach; Hodson, Nosworthy, Mariappa (c), Dickinson; Yeates, Eustace (c), Hogg, Kightly; Iwelumo & Beattie.

Bristol City: James; Skuse, Nyatanga, Wilson, McGivern; Cisse, Kilkenny, Elliott; Adomah, Maynard & Pearson.

Match Officials: (R) S Matthieson;(ARs) Mr O Saliy & Mr M Scholes; (4th) Mr W Linden.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Monday November 28 2011
Time: 12:55PM


This one will be hard... I'd be happy to come away with anything on Tuesday...
28/11/2011 13:00:00
Agree entirely. Keep that unbeaten run going.
28/11/2011 13:45:00
I hope the minutes silence is observed by all at tonight match for Gary Speed...
29/11/2011 11:05:00
I have no doubts that it will be. I have never heard anyone say anything about about him.
29/11/2011 13:14:00
No disrespect to Gary Speed, but the soldier was more important to observe the minutes silence
29/11/2011 23:04:00
It's a very thorny issue, but I do agree. Without trying to be disrespectful to anyone who passes away or suffers at the hands of a natural disaster but we seem to be having them increasingly frequently. It de-values the poignancy of them.
29/11/2011 23:11:00
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