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Hen-d'oh miss costs 2pts

Bristol City
0 - 0
Watford

Ashton Gate

11.03.08 @19:45

Attendance: TBC

Referee:

Going into this game, we knew we needed at least four points from games against Stoke and Bristol. Personally, I think if we don`t get three against Stoke we will look back to a Tuesday night in Bristol and pinpoint it as the moment we lost out on automatic promotion.

Last night may not have been a chance-filled game, but Watford certainly had the best chance with a 42nd minute penalty which Henderson somehow contrived to miss- inexcusable, however much of a cult hero he is.

Bristol started the brighter with Michael McIndoe the danger-man down the left. It took eighteen minutes for the first serious shot but McIndoe had previously cracked a let-footer comfortably into the palms of Richard Lee.

Marvin Elliott continued the home-sides pressure getting past O`Toole who failed to put in a meaningful challenge before driving a goal bound effort which Lee did well to tip over the bar for a corner. Returning Bristol captain Louis Carey connected with the set-play at the near post but without any conviction as it ricocheted off him and wide.

The Robins dominance continued and Lee Johnson`s delightfully accurate cross picked out Michael McIndoe who lost out to Dan Shittu before Marvin Elliott cracked into another effort which Lee beat away for a corner this time.

The drama continued as Aidy Mariappa somehow avoided a straight red for chopping McIndoe who had gotten the better of the young full back in the first half. Andre Marriner however avoided the booking sticking with a warning for Aidy Jnr. Not long after he was booked and then just before half time avoided red for another foul.

It`s fair to say Watford were on the rack, but then this is where we thrive, yes?

Sort of. Two minutes before half time, Darius Henderson was sent goalwards, Basso came to meet him and shouts of handball went up, the ball found it`s way to Tommy Smith who charged into the area and McIndoe undid his good work with a foul. Penalty given and up-stepped the man who`s buried a Play Off Final pen, not to mention one at Upton Park last season. Straight down the middle and Basso got an arm in the way.

Henderson`s evident frustrations at his failure to convert were then taken out on Lee Johnson, poor bloke, as the big man went in studs up on the tricky midget. Marriner once again kept his cards in his pocket.

Half-time: 0-0

Other than Collins John`s removal seven minutes into a the second half of a 'poor` debut, neither side created much [not that I herd anyway]. Although, O`Toole came close to connecting with Dan Shittu`s downward header and two minutes before the whistle he back-heeled agonizingly wide.

Full-time: 0-0

Two points dropped, for both sides perhaps? Elliott and McIndoe were the brightest sparks for the home side, though Watford didn`t really have a 'brightest spark`, Leigh Bromby marshalled the defence well and with John Eustace as skipper, where does DeMerit`s future lie? Surely he will not be content with a bench place? I wouldn`t if I was he.

The future will reveal all, but in the mean time, 100% on three points against promotion, this campaign is all we make it and that comes down to us, the fans, let`s get the Vic` pumping if we really want this promotion!

Come on!

Bristol City XI
Basso, Orr, Carey, Vasko, McAllister, Brian Wilson (Sproule 89), Johnson (Carle 46), Elliott, McIndoe, Noble (Trundle 77), Adebola.

Watford XI
Lee, Mariappa (DeMerit 63), Shittu, Bromby, Stewart, Smith, Eustace, O'Toole, McAnuff, Henderson, John (Williamson 52).

Referee: Mr A Marriner


Writer:wfc123
Date:Wednesday March 12 2008
Time: 8:14AM

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Comments

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Has everyone forgotten that you can still get promoted without finishing in the top 2? If we spend too much time focusing on the top then there's a real danger that we'll miss out altogether if that doesn't happen. Saturday will be tense but let's not loose our heads here. The priority has to be promotion, however it comes around.
onegrahamtaylor
12/03/2008 11:59:00
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Yes, but do we want play off drama? Remember being top by nine points? Play offs would be massive dissapointment and a disadvantage in the Prem.
wfc123
12/03/2008 14:39:00
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You have lost the big advantage you had, still fancy you for the automatics with you're 'unique style' of football!! :)
StevieG Col U
12/03/2008 15:23:00
0
Hahah. Not exactly unique, though we are in the minority. Palace are very physical too, but just about everyone else gets the ball down, knocks it about and is a MILE more entertaining.
wfc123
12/03/2008 17:11:00
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i dont want play off drama plus there is some real quality within the play off spot, nd the only reason where up there is because of our amazing begining of the season form, but think about it west brom, charlton, plymouth and hull a hard playoff? so yer need to beat stoke come to think about it with a game still and hand....got to have belief we can do this! you ornnnnssss
jameskench
15/03/2008 01:05:00
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