Sam Toluwase scored 12 of a game-high 28 points or the Giants in the first quarter to to give them a double-digit at the end of the first half, 33-22.Bristol came out flying when play resumed for the second half and stormed into the lead at 35-48. Manchester restored their control with a late 8-0 run helping build a 59-49 advantage at the end of the third.Flyers held their opponents scoreless for almost five minutes in the fourth as they closed the gap, but still trailed by five inside the final minute.Hameed Ali came up with the crucial three pointer on the buzzer to tie the game at 72 points apiece heading into the extra period.Giants were down four but swung the momentum back in their favour and four points from Moritz Lanegger proved to be enough in the closing stages for the win.Ali dished out nine assists to go with 24 points but Bristol suffered their second loss of the weekend and now have just one win from their opening nine league games.Click here for the full box score.
Here’s what he had to say…- Lee Johnson to assess his troops in training today- Milan Djuric likely to be ruled out again- Head coach wants to see a similar performance from his players as they target victory at Villa Park- Johnson describes Villa as “like the Galacticos of the Championship” given the money spent- Boss says he was especially pleased with the attitude and energy shown at Newcastle- As City prepare to face Jonathan Kodjia, Johnson says deal “was right for the club”- “We wish Jonathan well…just not tomorrow!” adds the City boss- Johnson will put a call into Chelsea today for an update on Tammy Abraham- On Korey Smith’s return to the starting XI, Johnson said: “That was like watching the Korey I sold to Bristol City.”Listen to his pre-match press conference in full on Bristol City Player HD.
Joe Bryan speaks to BCTV after City’s pre-season victory over FC Twente.
France play Italy on Friday, 23 February (8pm KO), before Ireland host Wales on Saturday (2.15pm KO) and Scotland welcome England to Murrayfield (4.45pm KO).Dough Ballers Pizzeria will be open and is taking orders here. Usual season card discounts apply.
Here’s your easy guide for what to expect, if you’re heading to BS3.ORDER OF EVENTS9am – Bristol Sport Store open5pm – Matchday Ticket Office open (phone lines shut at 5pm)4pm – Sports Bar open5pm – Fan Village open5.45pm – Turnstiles open6.45pm – Team announcements7pm – Warm-up7.45pm – Kick-off8.30pm – Half-time8.45pm – Second half begins9.30pm – Full-timeSTADIUMThe South Stand, Dolman Stand and Lansdown Stand will be open for home supporters, including the Lansdown Upper tier and Family area.The Atyeo Stand will host QPR fans.Stadium-wide free WIFI is also available.BABY CHANGING FACILITIESChanging units are now installed in the following areas:West stand concourse disabled toilet next to W10/11West stand concourse ladies toilet next to W10/11West stand 2nd floor, Lansdown restaurant disabled toilet at the VIP1 endWest stand 3rd floor, disabled toilet at the VIP1 endWest stand upper tier disabled toilets on each end of concourse have one unit per toiletHeineken lounge disabled toiletSouth / west corner disabled toilet next to A8Coffee shopDisabled toilet by Dolman loungesTICKETSThe match is pay on the day for home supporters only. To purchase a ticket, call Supporter Services on 0117 963 0600 (option one).Alternatively, the Matchday Ticket Office – adjacent to the Atyeo statue – will be open from 5pm until just after kick-off.SECURE YOUR SEATPROGRAMMESAs well as the usual selling points, programmes – which work exclusively with the new, free to download Bristol City app and will be available for purchase in S2, S3 and D1 concessions. Price: £3.50.FAN VILLAGEThe Fan Village will be in operation from 5pm, with a raft of food and drink on offer, whilst the Sports Bar will open from 4pm. The Uptones will also be on stage in the Fan Village from 5pm.STOREThe Bristol Sport Store at Ashton Gate Stadium will be open all day, continuing once the match is underway.HALF-TIMECity supporters have a unique opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas, courtesy of Dunder – the club’s 2018/19 front of shirt sponsor. For more information on the #DunderChallenge click here.SUPPORTERS CLUB & TRUST BARAccess to the Supporters Club and Trust Bar is via the Sports Bar & Pizzeria. Go through the main bar and up the stairs at the far end. The bar is on your left at the top of the stairs.TRAVELTuesday’s travel information is available to view here. Please keep checking local and public transport sites for full up to date information.RUCKSACKSAshton Gate Stadium asks supporters not to bring large rucksacks on matchdays, following advice from the National Counter Terrorism Office and Avon and Somerset Police.Fans will still be able to bring smaller handbags into the stadium, although these will be subject to the usual search process.An Ashton Gate spokesman said: “The searching process will always be subject to change and whilst there is no specific threat to any Sports Ground, we must ensure that we remain vigilant and the message to spectators is to ‘Be Alert not Alarmed’.”
The inaugural event, which saw Flyers players take on coaching roles with each of the teams, raised money for the charity’s community programmes and was followed by a networking session.Hargreaves Lansdown were crowned winners at the end of a highly enjoyable afternoon, with Santander UK, KPMG UK, Lancer Scott Ltd, Hydrock, Blu Wireless, Smith & Williamson and EY also entering teams into the tournament. Ben Breeze, chief community officer, said: “Today is about fun more than anything. It’s our corporate partners who understand the importance of community, it’s a fundraiser for our new basketball outreach programme, supporting some of the most disaffected young people in Bristol.“But for the corporates, it’s a day out, it’s a bit of health and wellbeing, it’s teambuilding and it’s a load of fun. It’s great to see so many big corporates from Bristol joining us here for our first event.” “It’s our corporate partners who understand the importance of community, it’s a fundraiser for our new basketball outreach programme, supporting some of the most disaffected young people in Bristol.” Ben Breeze, Bristol Sport Foundation CCO Flyers community manager, Claire Buckingham, added: “For companies to have the opportunity to be coaches and have some fun alongside professional sports people and see what they do, is great.“What I’m really loving is how involved they (Flyers players) are getting in the whole thing as well.“They are really supporting their teams, they’re coaching and they’re really getting involved, and it puts the icing on the cake of a great day.”
Head coach, Steve Bates has made two changes to the side that defeated Australia (56-33) in the final pool fixture.Kai Owen is named at loosehead prop, while Alex Coles comes into the second row.There is a positional switch also with Richard Capstick moving from lock into the back row with England’s backline unchanged for the fixture.Centre Fraser Dingwall will again captain the side, while Ollie Hassell-Collins is named as a finisher, having been called into the squad as an injury replacement for Arron Reed (Sale Sharks).Despite victories over Australia and Italy in their pool, England failed to progress into the top four of the competition, having lost their opening fixture to Ireland. Elsewhere, Nick English is among the replacements for Wales U20 for their fifth-place semi-final clash with New Zealand in Rosario (KO 2.30pm BST).“We’ve always emphasised how important the squad of 28 is, and this is getting more and more evident the longer we go in to this competition,” said head coach, Gareth Williams.“Playing New Zealand is a great test for us, and a great fixture to be preparing for. They are rightly regarded as one of the best teams in the world at this age group.“We don’t always get the opportunity to play southern hemisphere teams so this is a big challenge for us but one we have prepared well for.”Also among the replacements is Nathan Chamberlain as Scotland U20 take on Italy U20 in the World Rugby U20 Championship ninth-place semi-final Rosario’s Club Old Resian (Monday 17 June, kick-off 2.30pm BST, 10.30am local time) – streamed live at world.rugby/u20.Head coach, Carl Hogg, said: “We were obviously disappointed with our overall performance against Georgia. We lacked control and accuracy throughout the 80 minutes. We never got the match on our agenda of high tempo multi-phase rugby because of the errors we created in our game.“We probably put in our poorest performance of this World Rugby U20 Championship in the most pivotal match of this tournament, but the nature of this competition is that we don’t have time to dwell on the result. We need to get back on the horse for tomorrow’s fixture against Italy.” They will instead contest the fifth-place semi, with Wales and New Zealand the other semi-final fixture before finals day on Saturday 22 June.“We felt it was important to give the majority of the side that played against Australia another go as it was by far our best performance of the tournament” said Bates.”The challenge for our squad now is to back up that performance with one that is better.“We cannot approach it with any degree of complacency or lack of acknowledgment that it took a lot of hard work, commitment and team work to perform at that standard against Australia. We’ve got to keep moving forward as a team and continue to develop.“This will be the third time we’ve played Ireland this season and in both games discipline has let us down, so we’ve got to the learn the lessons from those two fixtures.”
The striker grabbed an assist on Wednesday night in his second appearance for the club since his arrival, before Josh Brownhill fired home City’s 98th minute winner against Charlton Athletic.It was a night to remember for all and now Rodri is relishing returning to BS3 when City host Wigan Athletic on Sunday (October 27th, 1.30pm KO).“This is good for us because when you win in your own stadium it is good and to play here again is good for us and for the confidence to get the three points.”He said: “It was really fun [on Wednesday night] because we won for the team, for the fans and for everything our way.“When you score it is good but when you score in the last minute you feel much better!”And on a personal note, the forward believes there is more to come from himself.He added: “I feel good, I’m getting better. I’m not 100 per cent but I will be.”Tickets are still available for Sundays’s Championship clash versus Wigan which has a Mates’ Rates offer for season card holders!Secure you seat
Following the cancelation of the Bristol 10k event – originally due to take place this weekend – members of staff and students from City’s official charity have elected to each complete an individual 10km.The runners will each start their individual route from their home locations at 10:30am on Sunday (May 3rd).Robins Foundation lecturer and coordinator of the event, Chloe Rogers, commented: “I’m really pleased that we at Bristol City Robins Foundation are able to support Mind and the NHS during these difficult times. The work that both of these organisations do is truly amazing.”I’m also really proud of our students and it is great to see them supporting these great causes.”You can sponsor the Robins Foundation by clicking here.
Following Saturday’s announcement by the Government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship. The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and Government guidance is met; and that Clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds. After discussing various approaches, and, the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and relegated Clubs, the Sky Bet Championship season is set to conclude with the Championship Play-Off Final on or around 30 July 2020. Final details are still to be confirmed following further discussions with the League’s Broadcast partner, Sky Sports. During the weekend’s discussions it was further agreed to consider changing Regulations to permit the use of five substitutes in the remaining fixtures and, also increasing the matchday squad from 18 to 20 players. Discussions will continue with Championship Clubs in this respect. The fixture schedule, broadcast selections and details on iFollow/streaming services will follow in due course. EFL Chair Rick Parry said: “With Sky Bet Championship Clubs set to return to full contact training later this week and following Saturday’s Government announcement, we are edging closer towards resuming the 2019/20 EFL season. We have therefore today consulted with the Board’s Championship Directors and agreed to fixtures restarting behind closed doors on 20 June. The announcement was confirmed by the EFL this evening (May 31st).All of City’s nine remaining matches would be played behind closed doors, in matches where more substitutions could be allowed. The EFL says the Sky Bet Championship season would look to conclude with the play-off final on or around July 30th.The statement below outlines the EFL’s return to play plans though supporters should note that no final decisions have yet been made.Read the full EFL statement: “Whilst matches will unfortunately have to take place without supporters, we are working with our broadcast partners, EFL Championship Clubs and all relevant stakeholders to broadcast the remaining 108 games plus Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs either live on Sky Sports, iFollow or a Club’s equivalent streaming service. “We must stress that at this stage the date is only provisional and will only be confirmed once we have met all the requirements, as the health, safety and well-being of all participants, staff and supporters remains our top priority. “Clearly completing the season in a safe manner is going to require a significant effort by all concerned and, whilst not unprecedented, it will need Clubs to play a significant number of matches over a relatively short period of time.”City’s remaining scheduled Sky Bet Championship matches:Blackburn Rovers (A)Sheffield Wednesday (H)Nottingham Forest (A)Cardiff City (H); Hull City (H)Middlesbrough (A)Stoke City (H)Swansea City (A)Preston North End (H)