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Bristol City Fans Verdict: Royals Disappointing In Defeat

A summary of the fans reactions after just the fourth loss under Mark Bowen.

Well, that was a bit deflating - wasn’t it? On Tuesday night, it was up there with the worst the team have performed since Bowen took over, after the reverse fixture back in November.

Our two key players in Swift and Ejaria had poor games. No matter who Bowen put up top, no-one seemed to be able to hold the ball up. And finally, we just didn’t really look like ever scoring apart from in the last five minutes when we were chasing the game.

Straight after the game (and even now it’s had time to sink in a bit), it feels like a huge missed opportunity. Bristol City are a solid Championship side, but if we’d managed to grab three points, it would’ve done a lot to our chances of sneaking into the top 6. However, with the way we performed, that was never going to happen.

Here’s a summary of how the disgruntled and frustrated fans reacted to some of the big talking points of the game...

Swift’s Off Day

He has been one of the top performers, not just in this team, but in the entire league this campaign. Despite this, Swift had a poor evening on Tuesday night. It was probably his worst of the season so far.

Generally, when Swift plays well, we play well. But, when Swift doesn’t play well, we don’t play well - and that was the case against the Robins.

There were a lot of poor individual displays (probably everyone but Pele and Morrison), but it was Swift’s showing that the fans pointed out the most after the game...

Attacking Woes

Yet again on Tuesday night, we were simply nowhere near good enough going forward. It’s clear that we are in desperate need of a striker. Let’s just hope that we manage to add some attacking firepower in the next couple of days.

Bowen tried Puscas, Baldock and Meite up front at different stages of the game. It was only in the last ten minutes, when we had to start pumping balls forward, that we looked like causing the Bristol defence any problems.

Is the problem personnel? Is it Bowen’s tactics? How do we change our fortunes? The fans were quick to offer their thoughts in answering all of those questions after the game...

Need for New Faces

As if we needed any, the loss to Bristol City was clarification that this transfer window has been far too quiet in terms of signing players. The supporters are unanimous in believing that this needs to change before the deadline on Friday.

A few faces have been linked in recent times including Glenn Murray, Josh Laurent and Pedro Mendes. Bowen did admit after the game that he was hoping to confirm “one or two” new players imminently in his post match media duties.

Like I said, the fans are definitely after new signings. You can certainly tell from the following tweets...

Conclusion

A poor, poor outing from near enough every man in Blue and White Hoops on Tuesday night. However, with the right investment before deadline day and a few results going our way, there is no reason why we can’t continue to keep aiming for the top half of the table. This is the Championship after all.

Here’s to a productive Deadline Day, fingers crossed!

URZ!