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Looking Back - 2011/12 - Sept



September came and City went into it with the fans hoping for a couple of more points than they produced in August. But there were only four games to get them from.

13,911 attended the first game in September which came on the 10th and was at home to a much fancied Brighton side who were undefeated so far in the league, in fact they had only dropped two points, that was from a 2-2 draw at home to Blackpool.

City were just not at the races, there were missed chances for both sides but it was Brighton that got the breakthrough when Ashley Barnes scored what proved to be the winner with just ten minutes to play.

A week later and City were on their way to Elland Road to take on Leeds United and it ended badly for City with Ross McCormack fired a late winner as 10-man Leeds somehow fended off a battering from the Robins.

McCormack swept the ball home from close range in the 86th minute as Leeds registered back-to-back home wins.

City midfielder Neil Kilkenny made a stunning return to his old club by curling home an equaliser not too long after Adam Clayton had fired Leeds into a third-minute lead.

Keith Millen's side were all over Leeds and it was made worse for the home side when defender Paddy Kisnorbo was shown a straight red card in the 64th minute for scything down City striker Nicky Maynard in the box.

But Maynard's subsequent spot kick was saved by Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

The following Saturday, City were back at Ashton Gate taking on Hull City. Brett Pitman came off the bench to score a 79th-minute equaliser as City drew the game.

Pitman ruled out Robert Koren's strike for Hull, who had to withstand long periods of pressure from the Robins.

On Tuesday 27th City were again at Ashton Gate to take on Reading

I don`t believe that a hell of a lot of fans were expecting to get anything from this game, what with how the earlier games had gone and the sometimes joke performances from goalkeeper David James, but Albert Adomah and Brett Pitman had put the home side two goals to the good after an hour,

Reading reversed the flow on 73 minutes, when McAnuff fired home from 12 yards after James spilled Jay Tabb's cross. And just two minutes later they were level when James parried Hal Robson-Kanu's effort and Le Fondre followed up to tap home. Manset popped up with seconds remaining to tap a sneaky effort past the despairing James from McAnuff's centre to claim all three for the Royals.

So, two months into the new season and just a solitary point was picked up in September, things were beginning to look bleak.

The Journalist

Writer: Andy999 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 29 2012

Time: 9:59PM

 

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