After two indifferent home performances against Bolton and Blackburn, Blues found themselves back on their travels. This time to Ashton Gate, where they met a very in-from Bristol City side. On paper this game appeared a very difficult one, a game which the majority of Blues fans would have taken a point before a ball was kicked.
Fortunately, blues defied the odds and came out victorious against the Robins. A superb away performance from Monks men has seen us climb up to 8th- just 3 points shy of the playoffs (or 20 points clear of 22nd- depending on how you view things!). Monks two tactical changes in his starting 11 were vindicated by a tremendous performance from his squad- especially Mrabti and Mahoney who were brought in to the team. A great victory for blues and we can hopefully carry on building momentum on Saturday, as we travel to the KCOM stadium.
Overall, an excellent team performance and an even better 3 points away from home. This magnificent team display typifies everything which is right about this Blues team; a dynamic first half showing, followed by a ‘gutsy’ and spirited second half display. Plus, it’s always nice to get one over Lee Johnson!
Another solid display from Blues’ number 1. His Commanding of his area has really improved over recent weeks and his time-wasting shenanigans are second to none.
A solid display from Blues’ right-back. Balanced defence and attack well.
Thought he defended superbly; a few highlight moments where he bullied 2 or 3 of the Bristol attackers. Dean also broke out of the defence well on a number of occasions, it’s a shame he lacked a bit of quality on the ball at times as he broke out of defence. Lost the run of Diedhiou for their goal.
An excellent display from the blues skipper. Dealt with everything that came his way, with some vital blocks and clearances. It’s vitally important that we sort his contract situation out before it expires in the summer.
A very strong performance from the Danish left-back. I thought he was solid defensively and gave Mahoney good support going forwards from time to time.
A bright full debut for Blues’ newest recruit. Offered an element of directness to blues’ counter and was unlucky not to find himself on the score sheet. A really positive display from the Swede.
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Continued his recent great form. He was arguably blues’ best player versus Blackburn and was again important in securing the three points. He was resolute in the tackle and supplied a bit of quality to our attacking play.
Another strong performance from Dutch Mike. A strong as ever in the tackle and didn’t stop closing down all game.
An excellent display on his return to the starting 11. Was extremely positive going forward and wasn’t frightened of taking the Bristol defenders on- something which Jota and Maghoma have lacked over recent weeks. A great delivery for Blues’ second goal and he completely deserved his goal; has surely warranted a shirt for the game against Hull. Arguably Man of the Match, in what was a tremendous team display.
He worked hard and had some good link ups with the Blues wingers. Was unlucky not to put Blues 3 goals ahead in the second half.
A typical Juke performance, gave his all for the team and tirelessly tracked back to give the blues defence additional help. It’s not a glamorous or headline fetching performance, but one which he has delivered consistently for Blues this season.
Wasn’t really the situation where he could impact the game offensively, but worked hard.
Similar to Jota, worked hard but had little opportunity to influence the game.
Again, he had little time to affect the game, but played his role in ensuring Blues secured a huge 3 points.