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Bristol City Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 16/02/2004

THE Mariners got a much needed win against Brighton on Saturday to lift the confidence of both the fans and players, but Town now face the division's most in-form team, in the shape of Bristol City.

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Town may have won their first game in nearly three months on Saturday, but they now face perhaps the biggest test of the season against Bristol City who have won their last NINE games! The Robins had a shaky start to the season, but their fantastic run of form has propelled the Ashton Gate side into third place, and level on points with QPR, who are in second. But despite the form book being against Town, Bristol City are going to lose sooner or later, and it’s up to Town to make it sooner...

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  • The Mariners are quite likely to keep the same side that won this weekend against Brighton. The good news is that Mark Hughes will let Darren Barnard play despite being called up to the Wales squad for their friendly match on Wednesday evening. Barnard is not fully fit, but is expected to pass a fitness test.

  • Graham Rodger must decide whether to pick Stacy Coldicott again after giving him 45 minutes of the action on Saturday. Coldicott hadn’t played since last March, before being thrown in at the deep end on Saturday.

  • It is not known how serious Lee Thorpe's thigh injury is, but if he is fit, he will only make the bench, with Isiah Rankin and either Darren Mansaram or Phil Jevons up front. Jevons has a case to partner Rankin after coming on and scoring at the weekend.
  • Robins defender Clayton Fortune looks set to miss out with the ankle injury that kept him out of City’s 1-0 win against Peterborough last weekend.

  • Defender Matt Hill faces a late fitness after picking up a knock at the weekend. However, manager Danny Wilson is expecting the 22 year old to be make the trip to the coast.

  • Like the Mariners, the Robins have been given clearance to play their internationals in this rearranged fixture. Tommy Doherty has been given the go ahead to play by new Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez, while Luke Wilkshire will play despite being on standby for Australia.
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    TownBristol City
    Aidan Davison
    Jason Crowe
    Tony Crane
    Simon Ford
    Darren Barnard
    Iain Anderson
    Nicky Daws
    Stacy Coldicott
    Stuart Campbell
    Isiah Rankin
    Phil Jevons
    Stephen Phillips
    Louis Carey
    Tony Butler
    Daniel Coles
    Matt Hill
    Marc Goodfellow
    Luke Wiltshire
    Aaron Brown
    Brian Tinnion
    Lee Peacock
    Lee Miller



    TownBristol City
    Des Hamilton
    Darren Mansaram
    Jonny Rowan
    Graham Hockless
    Greg Young
    Mike Stowell
    Leroy Lita
    Tommy Doherty
    Craig Woodman
    Marvin Brown

    It was back on a sunny Saturday afternoon when Town met Bristol City last. Despite holding out for the whole game, Town did their usual trick by conceding in the last minute. A Christian Roberts goal sealed the win for Bristol City, in a game that saw Laurens Ten Heuval in a Town shirt for the very last time.

    Bristol City Team: Phillips, Carey, Butler, Coles, Hill (Aaron Brown, 45), Wilkshire (Miller, 77), Doherty, Burnell (Tinnion, 45), Bell, Peacock, Roberts
    Subs: (not used) Stowell, Matthews

    Goals: Roberts (90)

    Town Team: Davison, McDermott (Parker, 71), Ford, Crane, Barnard, Crowe, Bolder (Ten Heuvel, 89), Groves, Campbell, Boulding, Rowan
    Subs: (not used) Edwards, Hockless, Pettinger

    Attendance: 10,033    Report

    Bristol City Head-to-Head (65th on The Opposition Ladder).


    Fishy prediction: I would like to point out that I got the score CORRECT for the last game (I said it would be 2-1!), which means that for the very first time this season, I predicted the right score! So, looking into my crystal ball now... I predict a 1-1 draw at Blundell Park..... Reader's POMs


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