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    Bristol City Season Review 2018/19

    01 July 2019 | Championship | Opinion
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    Bristol City Season Review 2018/19

    The Robins narrowly missed out on a top 6 finish after a season flirting with the play-offs.

    Overview

    Bristol City ended the season in 8th place; their highest league finish since returning to the Championship 4 seasons ago.

    Despite their best season for a number of years, The Robins will feel they could have done better after spending a total of 14 game weeks in the top 6.

    Manager Lee Johnson continues to impose an exciting brand of football on his team and has transformed the West Country club into Championship overachievers.

    Highs

    Chelsea pair Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva joined on loan during the summer transfer window. They both had fine seasons and played big roles in helping to sure up City’s defence.

    Andreas Weimann also joined the club. The Austrian arrived from Derby County and enjoyed a successful first season, with 10 goals and 5 assists in the league.

    Bristol City had a couple of notable winning streaks last season. After picking up 4 wins in a row at the beginning of the campaign across August and September, they went on to claim 7 straight victories at the turn of the year.

    3 draws prior to those 7 consecutive wins meant they were unbeaten in 10 matches, which saw the club climb 9 places from 14th to 5th in the table.

    Stand out performer

    England under-21 defender Lloyd Kelly was immense for The Robins last term. The academy graduate plays with a maturity and calmness which would fool anyone into thinking he was a lot more experienced than he is.

    Unfortunately for Bristol City, talent like this doesn’t go unnoticed. Kelly recently signed for Premier League side Bournemouth for £13 million; the highest fee ever received for a City player.

    What went wrong?

    Losing star man Bobby Reid clearly affected the club last season. The striker joined newly promoted Cardiff City after featuring in every Championship game the season before, netting 19 times.

    The club’s failure to finish in the top 6 can’t be based solely on the loss of a single player though. Ultimately, Bristol City’s form fluctuated massively and their winning streaks were often followed by barren spells.

    One to watch

    Josh Brownhill claimed the club’s Young Player of the Year award for the second season running. The 23-year-old played a total of 49 games in all competitions, scoring 6 goals.

    His box to box qualities means he is already likely to be on a number of Premier League club’s radars but everyone at the club will be desperate to see him at Ashton Gate next season.

    Next season

    As the team’s loan stars head back to their parent clubs, Lee Johnson will be hoping he can find suitable replacements.

    Having flirted with the possibility of a play-off spot in the previous 2 seasons, the expectations of Bristol City’s fans will be high going into the 2019/20 campaign.

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    Regular Season
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. West Bromwich 45 20 13 6 1 41 20 21
    2. Leeds United 43 20 13 4 3 30 10 20
    3. Fulham 35 20 10 5 5 32 21 11
    4. Bristol City 35 20 9 8 3 33 28 5
    5. Nottingham Forest 33 19 9 6 4 26 16 10
    6. Sheffield Wednesday 32 20 9 5 6 28 19 9
    7. Preston North End 31 20 9 4 7 31 25 6
    8. Cardiff City 31 20 8 7 5 30 27 3
    9. Brentford 30 20 9 3 8 30 16 14
    10. Blackburn Rovers 30 20 9 3 8 27 27 0
    11. Swansea City 30 20 8 6 6 25 25 0
    12. Hull City 29 20 8 5 7 32 27 5
    13. Birmingham City 28 20 8 4 8 22 26 -4
    14. QPR 28 20 8 4 8 30 37 -7
    15. Millwall 27 20 6 9 5 25 27 -2
    16. Derby County 25 20 6 7 7 20 26 -6
    17. Charlton Athletic 23 20 6 5 9 26 27 -1
    18. Reading 21 19 6 3 10 24 26 -2
    19. Middlesbrough 20 20 4 8 8 17 27 -10
    20. Luton Town 20 20 6 2 12 27 41 -14
    21. Huddersfield 18 20 4 6 10 22 33 -11
    22. Wigan Athletic 16 20 4 4 12 18 33 -15
    23. Stoke City 14 20 4 2 14 21 35 -14
    24. Barnsley 12 20 2 6 12 23 41 -18

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