Town v Bristol City

Huddersfield Town story posted by Peter MacGibbon on 09/08/2005
Town v Bristol City
Our home season starts with the visit of the Robins to The Galpharm tonight. They will be captained by Marcus Stewart . The bookies have them as second or third favourites in the division, just above us, but we are narrow favourites for tonight.

Last season we drew with them twice, 3-3, in Bristol in September and then 2-2 at The Galpharm in January. It was our usual horror story in both games; 3-1 up at Ashton Gate with 30 minutes to go and then 2-0 up at home with twenty minutes to play. How many points did we miss the play-offs by?

Bristol started with a goalless draw on Saturday. Marcus had one chance, a header which went wide. He, and Michael Bridges, got no service at all from their midfield. The tally of two shots on target and 13 off target says it all. Their manager, Brian Tinnion, thinks both strikers were suffering from debut nerves. A strange comment about ex-premiership strikers. Their ?150,000 signing from Motherwell, centre back Dave Partridge, will be in their squad tonight. At least we won?t have to face Leroy Lita who signed for Reading in July.

We, of course, started with a defeat. No shame in that, we were playing a relegated side who are expected to bounce straight back upstairs, but it was disturbing that we let them score twice at the end of both halves. The same problem we had last year! Our midfield seem to have played well yet our only goal came from a penalty. We had 47% possession but only 3 shots on target and 5 of! The first report I read said that Nottingham Forest were surprised by the sophistication of our game so it is a pity that we failed on both counts, scoring and defending.

All the squad came through unscathed so Adnam is the only one on the injured list. We will probably start with the same eleven as on Sauturday. Bristol City will probably do the same.

It looks as if the result will depend on which set of strikers discover their form. Let?s hope it?s ours!


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