Why Preston North End star loves playing Bristol City as former boss collects

Selection dilemma

Bristol City host Preston North End on Saturday looking to end a poor run of form against the Deepdale club.

Our City reporter argues that with few attacking players finding form for Bristol City, the head coach needs to go with his main men this weekend.

Wing war continues

Callum O’Dowda trained on Friday after being ill in midweek so will be available on Saturday but whether the Irishman starts is another matter.

Niclas Eliasson could have scored last weekend and was heavily involved in Josh Brownhill’s equaliser just before half-time.

Given the Swedish winger’s fine season and high key passes stats – passes leading to shots on goal – then we feel he’ll start again.

Meanwhile Marley Watkins, Paterson or O’Dowda could take the other spot depending on freshness and tactics. We feel that it may be Watkins’ turn, with the former Norwich City man matching Weimann and Diedhiou’s current ‘goals per minutes’ played ratio.

The head coach hinted at a bench role for Hakeeb Adelakun on Saturday in his pre-match press conference.

‘We love playing City’

Preston star Daniel Jhnson has admitted his side enjoyed playing against the Robins ahead of Saturday’s game.

“We all love playing Bristol City to be honest,” said Johnson.

“It could be an ego thing. Because we know quite a few of their boys, it’s always good to get one up on your friends.

“We’ve had a good run against Bristol City and hopefully we can keep that going. “But you can’t think about it too much, though. “

“We’ve just turned up on the day and done our job when we’ve gone there recently.

“It’s not to do with the past or luck or anything like that. We’ve just got to play the conditions and dig deep. “That’s what we’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks and maybe that’s why we’ve got a few points on the board.”

Henrik Dalsgaard of Brentford tackles Daniel Johnson of Preston North End

Ex-defender continuing club search

Former City defender Scott Golbourne is currently training with League One Southend United.

This means that he could potentially link up with both Taylor Moore and Shawn McCoulsky, who are on loan at Chris Powell’s side from the Robins.

Moore recently won the club’s Player of the Month award for October and Golbourne will be keen to reignite a declining career through joining the Shrimpers.

The 30-year-old defender has enjoyed a nomadic time in football, including two separate spells at Bristol City in addition to also playing for Reading, Wycombe Wanderers, Bournemouth, Oldham, Exeter, Barnsley and Wolves.

International recognition

Jay Dasilva has been named in Aidy Boothroyd’s England U-21 squad to face Italy and Denmark.

DaSilva impressed for the Young Lions during the last international break and he’s again part of the u21s side.

City youngster Lloyd Kelly is poised to feature for Paul Simpson’s England U-20 side ahead of their game against Germany later this month.

Kelly has been captain for the U-20s in their last two games.

Dasilva U21s games

  • Thursday, November 15th – Italy v England, Stadio Paolo Mazza, Ferrara (5.30pm KO, GMT)
  • Tuesday, November 20th – Denmark v England, Blue Water Arena, Esbjerg (5pm KO, GMT)

Kelly’s U20s game

  • Monday, November 19th – England v Germany, Jobserve Community Stadium, Colchester (7pm KO)
Jay Dasilva of Bristol City looks on as they arrive at the stadium
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Johnson recognised

Gary Johnson has been awarded the Vanarama National League South Manager of the Month award for October.

He has impressed since taking over newly-relegated Torquay United and recruited a number of players from son Lee’s Bristol City side along the way.

After a difficult start to the season, Johnson’s appointment in September has helped the Seagulls to within touching distance of the play-offs. Torquay currently sit in 8th position, one point and one place off Wealdstone who occupy the final play-off spot. One of Torquay’s most impressive results last month was a 3-0 away victory against the Stones.

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In October, Johnson’s new side secured four wins and drew one of their five games, scoring 16 goals in the process.

They also picked up an impressive 2-2 draw at home to table-topping Billericay Town in their first November fixture. Bristol City loanee Saikou Janneh hit a brace for Johnson Sr’s men last weekend.

It’s fair to say that the former Bristol City boss has benefitted from links to his old club, with youngsters joining the Seagulls for first team experience.

On loan midfielders Jake Andrews and Opi Edwards have starred for United, while Connor Evans and Janneh have been influential in attack.

Gary Johnson looks dejected following the Coca Cola Championship Playoff Final
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Latest podcast out

We’ve reached the landmark 50th episode of our Robins On the Wire Bristol City podcast.

And to celebrate, regular hosts Michelle Owen, of Sky Sports, and Bristol City reporter Gregor MacGregor are joined by former Bristol City media officer Adam Baker – for one final time, as the trio explain.

After chewing over the loss at Reading, all three talk through the release of the club’s financial accounts for the 2017-18 season, the visit of bogey side Preston North End on Saturday and chat about the form of the Robins‘ forwards.

Finally, the story behind Korey Smith’s new contract is revealed and there is mention of what City might do in the January transfer market to further strengthen the squad.

Listen below.

Young Robins held in Premier League Cup

The Robins under-23s side drew 0-0 against Plymouth Argyle on Friday night in the Premier League Cup.

The game at at SGS College, WISE Campus was the second of the tournament after a heavy 8-0 to Aston Villa last time out.

Luke Williams’ side picked up their first point against the Pilgrims.

Lee Johnson spurs on Torquay loanees

Saikou Janneh was boosted ahead of Torquay’s 1st Round Emirates FA Cup match against Woking on Saturday as City boss Lee Johnson visited his young stars.

Johnson was in the stands at the Woodspring Stadium as Janneh, Lemonheigh-Evans and Edwards all played in last week’s 2-2 draw with a Weston-super-Mare last week.

Janneh told the club’s official site: “It was good to see Lee at our game and it does give you extra motivation to work harder. I’m really enjoying it here and it’s going really well. I’m just trying to score as many goals as I can and trying to help Torquay get promoted.”

Johnson is keen to stay connected with City’s loan players and said: “It’s important that players know the manager is keeping tabs on them because you can easily be out of sight and out of mind. It’s important that between me and Brian Tinnion (Loans Manager) we reinforce the belief with the loan players that if they are good enough there is a pathway to get into our first team.”

Brian Tinnion
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Murray’s charity event

Bristol City legend Scott Murray is taking part in a charity event later this month.

He will be joining Sir Ian McGeehan, Jason Robinson OBE and Marcus Stewart at the event.

This will take place at Ashton Gate on the evening of Thursday November 22nd, with tickets costing £50 per person.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, call 07816 669 074.

Remembrance Day notice

City held a Remembrance service at the training ground earlier today and there are arrangements in place for tomorrow’s game against Preston.

Matt Parsons, BCFC SLO tweeted: “For any fans coming to the match tomorrow we will be paying our respects at our Remembrance match alongside @pnefc the Royal British Legion & members of the 21st Signal regiment. Please get to the stadium early & take your seats by 2:55pm to observe a minutes silence. Thank you.”

The Royal British Legion will be holding a bucket collection with volunteers will be based throughout the concourse ahead of kick-off to raise funds.

The gold category fixture sees tickets priced from £28 for adult Forever Bristol members, while all Under-12 supporters can gain admission for just £1.

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Youth Cup draw announced

Bristol City’s youth side will face either Crewe Alexandra or Salford City at Ashton Gate.

All ties must be played by December 15.

The pick of the ties arguably came for Clevedon Town.

If they progress past Sutton United in the second round, a home tie against Manchester City awaits