‘Didn’t inspire, made late error..’ - Bristol City player ratings from defeat to Stoke City

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How the Robins players fared in their 2-1 defeat to Stoke City

Bristol City’s winless home run extended to six as they surrendered a 1-0 lead to be defeated 2-1 by Stoke City in the EFL Championship on Saturday.

Nahki Wells gave the Robins the advantage after 33 minutes with a close-range header before Liam Delap capitalised on a defensive error to poke home on the stroke of halftime.

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Jacob Brown reacted well to punish another sloppy error early in the second half and the Potters held out for a valuable three points. The defeat sees Nigel Pearson’s side drop two places to 18th, while Stoke move up two into 17th.

Player ratings:

Max O’Leary – 6

Nothing to do in the first half, other than pick the ball out of his net moments before halftime. Although, the strike was perhaps too close for him to react to in time. Stoke’s second wasn’t in the corner but was also from close range.

Zak Vyner – 6

Looked fairly solid at times. Could’ve reacted better for the equaliser when he allowed Delap to get goal side and didn’t provide much quality on the ball.

Andy King – 5

Showed composure early on but was at fault for Stoke’s first goal when he should’ve dealt with a long ball that bounced off his back and into the path of the goalscorer. Failed to clear the ball for the winning goal too and the visitors targeted him with long balls in the second period. Didn’t inspire much confidence at the back.

Kal Naismith – 6

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Positive on the ball and aggressive up against Campbell. Tried a couple of things from free kicks that didn’t come off. Far from solid.

Andi Weimann – 7

Good recovery runs and reliable when in possession. Always on the front foot. Played a brilliant one-two with Wells before he hit the post at 0-0, and almost levelled up at 2-2 when his left-footed effort was blocked. Booked.

Matty James – 6

A passenger early on but then began to dictate the play for a period of time. Broke up the play well in the middle of the park at times, but not up to par on the day. Was involved in a mix up between him and King for Stoke’s second.

Joe Williams – 6

Gave the ball away a couple of times and wasn’t involved much early on. Played a key part in controlling the tempo after 20 minutes or so, but was in and out of the game too much.

Alex Scott – 7

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Showed a couple of bright moments as usual and took up some useful positions. Made some good through balls and was a thorn in the side of the Potters’ midfield all game. Lacked end product.

Cameron Pring – 6

Got forward well on the left and linked up strongly with Scott. Set up the opener following a good bit of skill out wide. Could’ve done more to stop Campbell’s cross for Stoke’s second. Made a late error which could’ve sealed his side’s fate, but Campbell blazed over.

Tommy Conway – 6

Chased every loose ball and was a nuisance for the Potters’ defence. Made a good cross that was cleared before Wells could head towards goal. Not his afternoon though, subbed off on the hour mark.

Nahki Wells – 7

Worked as hard as ever and didn’t give the opposition defence a chance to settle. Took up a good position to bundle home the opener for his eighth of the season.

Antoine Semenyo (subbed on for Conway, 59’) – 6

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Squandered a golden chance to make it 2-2 moments after coming on. Could’ve won a penalty and was a handful up top.

Mark Sykes (subbed on for Williams, 75’) – 6

Tried to get some crosses into the area.

Chris Martin (subbed on for King, 82’) – N/A

Came on to try and force the issue.

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