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Bristol City Fans Verdict: Mistakes Cost The Royals, Again

A spirited last 15 minutes wasn't good enough for a result as the Royals lost yet again.

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You know, I love writing for TTE. I love writing about football in general to be honest. But writing these fans verdicts in 2022 has felt like an absolute chore. It’s almost as if I relive the horror shows twice: once on the Saturday/Tuesday/Wednesday, and again the day after when I’m scrolling through the #readingfc hashtag.

Wednesday night wasn't a horror show, far from it in fact when you compare it to what else we’ve seen. Say it quietly, and I know it’s pretty redundant now, but for 43 minutes we defended pretty well. Not once in the first half did I feel worried about Bristol City scoring, until they obviously did one minute before the break.

What came next, however, is exactly what I expected. Another goal conceded right after the interval. We did fight back, Swifty scored a penalty and we could’ve nicked another. But the earlier mistakes cost us.

Here’s how the fans reacted to some of the key talking points...

Tom Ince

I always like to start these with a positive when possible (which has been very, very difficult to do so far this calendar year) but we got at least one on Wednesday with Ince’s debut.

I say nothing surprises me with this club anymore, but this transfer did - surely the weirdest swap deal in football history? It was by no means a perfect performance from him, but he showed signs of fight and desire that we’ve been crying out for recently.

The fans were certainly impressed with him...

Another loss

Despite Ince’s best efforts, and an in-vein fightback in the last 15 minutes or so, it was more mistakes that cost us yet again and lead to our sixth (SIXTH) consecutive loss in the league (and that’s not mentioning that loss against Kidderminster Harriers).

We are sleepwalking into relegation, something has to change. Part of me thinks, well at least we showed some sort of fight on Wednesday, but the rest of me thinks, so? It’s about results now, nothing else. In our position, there's no point fighting for 15 minutes if you still lose the game.

The fans are understandably running out of words to describe their emotions...

Pauno

This is going to be a talking point until the end of the season me thinks. I would say until he gets sacked, but it’s clear as day now that we don’t have the money to sack him (although, having said that on the day Dai Yongge has committed to giving £20,000+ to fans this Saturday, I might be wrong saying that).

Personally I’ve never been one to outwardly call for a manager’s head, of course I want Pauno to turn it round if he can. But it’s just not happening. I said after the loss to Kiddy Harriers that he’d need a miracle to win fans back round, and he’s still searching for it over a month later.

The fans want him gone, it’s as simple as that...

Conclusion

I don’t really know what to think anymore. Loss after loss after loss after loss, mistake after mistake after mistake. Remember when we thought we’d hit rock bottom after the FA Cup exit? We are beyond rock bottom now - we’re in depths we haven’t seen as a club in a very, very long year.

This is our 150th year. It should be a year to celebrate being one of the oldest clubs in the entire country. We’re not the prettiest of clubs, but we've shown we can be a pretty good one. But now we’ve got a manager who walks away from local radio station interviews because he doesn't like the questions, an owner who tries to win back the fans approval by offering them £1,000 to come to a game (WHEN WE’RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE NO MONEY) and a super-agent effectively running the club (reportedly). It's a sad, sad mess. The one’s who suffer the most? Us.