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Bristol City Preview

Part Five of our look at next season's Sky Bet Championship opponents

1 June 2017

Bristol City 2016/17 Season

League Position: 17th (2015/16: 18th)

Average league attendance: 19,256 (2015/16: 15,291) 

Top league goalscorer: Tammy Abraham (26)

The Robins' second season back in the second-tier, and first full season under Lee Johnson, was a case of feast and famine as a strong beginning and end to the season bookended a run of just two league wins in 21 over the deep mid-winter. 

AFC Bournemouth's Lee Tomlin, Hordur Magnusson from Juventus and the season-long loan arrival of striker Tammy Abraham from Chelsea were City's major bits of incoming summer business as they looked to improve on their 18th place finish during the 2015/16 season.

Early signs seemed very promising as Fulham, Aston Villa, Leeds United, and Nottingham Forest were all comfortably beaten in the opening 11 games of the season as The Robins went into the season's second international break in fifth. A win over Blackburn and point at Barnsley meant they ended October in sixth but that gave no indication as to what was to come.

Between October 29 and January 31, The Robins won one and lost 11 of their 12 league games. Brief respite came in the shape of a draw against Sheffield Wednesday and win over Rotherham United in the space of four days but that preceeded another run of just four points from seven games as the West Country outfit slumped to 21st in mid-March.

The hierarchy around Ashton Gate resisted the mounting calls for Lee Johnson's head and that proved to be vindicated as The Robins won six of their last ten to finish three points clear of the drop zone in 17th. 

The Ground

Ashton Gate Stadium 
BS3 2EJ 
Click here for directions to Ashton Gate

The Manager

Son of Cheltenham Town boss Gary, Lee played for his father at Yeovil Town and Bristol City. In his 13-year playing career, he also appeared for Heart of Midlothian, Derby County, Chesterfield and Kilmarnock. He won promotion twice under Gary at Yeovil Town and was part of the Bristol City side that made the Championship Play-Off final in 2008, losing 1-0 to Hull City. Lee also picked up a Scottish League Cup title while with Kilmarnock.

Lee became the youngest manager in the Football League in March 2013 when he took over at League One side Oldham Athletic. He led them to safety in his first season and their highest finishing position in five years in his second season before departing for Barnsley in February 2015 with The Latics ninth in League One.  After initially struggling with The Tykes, he won seven of his last eight league matches, setting Barnsley on their way towards the Play-Off places, before replacing Cotterill at Ashton Gate in February 2016.

Last season

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 31 
Draws: 17 
Bristol City wins: 27

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