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MetiNews.Com - The things we noticed as Bristol City romped to victory in the Carabao Cup at Ashton Gate on Wednesday
Breaking News ! Bristol City progressed to round three of the Carabao Cup following an impressive 4-0 thrashing over League One Northampton Town on Wednesday. Goals from Chris Martin, Antoine Semenyo, and a brace for Kasey Palmer, secured the Robins a date with Premier League side Aston Villa next week. Of course, despite the recent government announcement that up to 1,000 supporters could be allowed in select stadiums over the coming weeks, the meeting with the Cobblers was once again played in front of an empty Ashton Gate. With that in mind, here are five things that City supporters watching from home may have missed during the entertaining League Cup tie. Read More Related Articles Every word Dean Holden said after City thrash Northampton: Kalas, Villa, more Keith Downing certainly has the respect of the City players Warm-ups can sometimes be seen as a procession at football matches, with the players involved seemingly strolling around, just waiting for the kick-off to come so they can expel their energy then. However, that hasn’t been the case at Ashton Gate this season. The addition of coaches Keith Downing and Paul Simpson have noticeably coincided with an increase in tempo during the pre-match warmups for the Robins, with Downing, in particular, being quick to praise neat finishes in the shooting drills, whilst giving each player an arm around their shoulder as a mark of encouragement when they made their way back down the tunnel. Dean Holden is particularly vocal on the sidelines. (Image: Rogan/JMP) City fans could certainly be forgiven if they may be in the dark over the managerial tendencies of new boss Dean Holden. The 40-year-old has, of course, only taken charge of 23 games in his entire career, 15 of those coming with Oldham Athletic in 2015. From early inspection, Lee Johnson’s former assistant certainly appears to be a hands-on head coach, regularly seen prowling the edge of his technical area, a stark contrast to last night’s opposite number Keith Curle, who opted for a more reserved approach. Holden was consistently barking out instructions and support from the sidelines, with particular encouragement shown for Antoine Semenyo’s pressing runs. Read More Related Articles Bristol City verdict: Classy Martin, Palmer and Semenyo show City squad depth Read More Related Articles Bristol City player ratings as Robins see off Northampton Town in style Kasey Palmer REALLY wants to succeed at City Yes, this one may seem obvious, but Kasey Palmer seems desperate to excel in a Bristol City shirt. Previous lengthy absences from the team have led many to question the mercurial midfielders' attitude and commitment to the cause, but based on tonight’s showing, those comments are a myth.
. Capping off a promising performance with a typically majestic goal, the 23-year-old was mobbed by his team-mates in celebration, as he made a strong statement for more regular football in BS3. Eliasson at left wing-back could just work With an impressive 12 assists to his name last season, it is understandable that the Bristol City management are trying their utmost to shoe-horn star winger Niclas Eliasson into their favoured 3-5-2 formation. Left-wing-back is the position which perhaps suits the Swede best in the system, one that is increasing in popularity throughout the division and is the role he played against Northampton last night. Admittedly, the fact that the Reds were only facing League One opponents makes it hard to judge the 24-year-old's performance in too much detail, but the signs were there that it could just work out.
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A menacing threat throughout, his devilish crosses were a constant source of trouble for the Cobblers backline, and he even chipped in with some key tackles going the other way. If the injury to Jay Dasilva is as serious as the one he suffered last campaign, then against weaker opposition, the Swede could certainly be a decent option. Whether he’d be happy with that or not, is another matter. City pressing as one Of course, the win needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, as despite how good City were in the second half especially, they were up against a Northampton side who were playing League Two football last season. However, the signs were certainly there that Dean Holden’s philosophy may well be paying off, as all ten outfield players were pressing in unity, with every man knowing when, and crucially when not, to vacate their position in search of possession.
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Impressive young keeper Max O’Leary had little to do all evening, a testament to the team in front of him. Energy, tenacity, and quality were three words that could be used to describe the performance of this City team, with the displays of many fringe players giving boss Holden a headache going into Sunday’s trip to Stoke.
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