Bristol City Will Be Difficult – Could Be Banana Skin

Newcastle will play Bristol City this afternoon at St. James’ Park and with the opposition being 4th bottom of the league table we are expected to win the game fairly easily.

We hope that happens of course but in the past we haven’t done well at home against some lowly placed teams – like Wolves and Blackburn as two examples.

Against Blackburn on  26th November we were on a 9 game winning streak and a win at home in that game would have been a club record for Newcastle – 10 wins in a row.

Lee Johnson – Bristol City manager

But it wasn’t to be and we lost that game in a huge upset 1-0 – and then Blackburn did the same thing at their place on 2nd January to win 1-0 and get the double over us.

6 points lost to a team who are now second bottom of the Championship and 2 points from safety and their manager Owen Coyle has just been fired.


With that in mind here is what Rafa said in his press conference yesterday about the game against the Robins today:

“We know that it will be difficult.”

“They are well organised, they work hard, so even though we have lost Gayle and they lost Abraham, they still have good players,”

“They’re a team who are working very hard.” “When we played against them in the first part of the season they were a very, good team.”

“You can see they have the same structure, the same organisation, and maybe they have been a bit unlucky with some goals.”

“In terms of how difficult it will be, it will be a tough game, as always.”

“We have had some games that, on paper, could be easy, but we have also seen that the Championship is so difficult.”

“Any game can go against you if you don’t do the right thing. You have to be sure that you are ready, prepared and try to do your best.”

“You can lose games that nobody is expecting, but you can win games that are very difficult.”

“I’m confident that the team is doing well and has the right mentality, and hopefully we can show this tomorrow on the pitch.”

On 26th November against Blackburn here’s the poll before the game.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Blackburn?

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And here’s the poll for the game today against Bristol City.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Bristol City?

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We will do well to get all 3 points from this game this afternoon – that’s what we need.

There can be no complacency and no banana skin – not at this vital stage of the season.

What do you think?

Comment welcome.

4 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 25, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Exactly. Mitro is only 22 and has got time to develop these things, it’s just I expected to have made a little more progress in these areas now he’s been bedded in here a while now. Impatient fans eh?

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 25, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah I saw that post, interesting one.
    He buzzes round making a nuisance of himself that’s for sure,and he has shown he has a great shot in his locker so why not?

  • giimps

    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    I think if there was more than one or two pressing it could work, just mitro or Ritchie pressing is a waste of energy, high pressing is a team mentality not a lone strikers role.
    If it was me as gaffer i would high press vs teams like Bristol, make them make mistakes and capitalise, it forces their keeper into going long and our defence can cope with those all day.
    Vs Brighton, sit a bit deeper , bring them onto us and hit them on the counter, especially nullify their wingers by packing the midfield.
    If it was me…….but its not hahahaha

  • giimps

    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Do we still have a striker coach to work with Gayle and Mitro?
    22 and a full international, can score great goals if he is on form, judging by his performance last game when he came on i think he could do well vs Bristol with plenty options from perez, gouffy and Ritchie


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