Bristol City had 5 pre-season matches to work on their shape, fitness levels and bed in new signings. The three home games were scheduled against foreign teams from the top divisions in France and Portugal. The two away friendlies were against lower league English sides. Overall it was an inspiring pre-season goals galore and a 100% record which shows promise for the upcoming Championship campaign.
The results are below:
vs Oldham (A) 4-1
7 new signings in the starting 11. Booy continued with the 4-4-2 attacking formation that worked so well last season. Oldham scored 1st but then goals from Wilson, Rossi, Vydra and El-Abd (from the bench) saw City comprehensively beat League 2 Oldham.
vs Girondins Bordeaux (H) 3-0
Two changes as Williams came in for injured Denswil and new signing Buitrago replaced departed Bolado. Great result and performance against a Bordeaux side that finished 6th in Ligue 1 last season. MOTM Buitrago scored twice with a match rating of 8.80......not a bad start!
vs Vit. Setubal (H) 7-1
A fantastic win against a Setubal side that play in the Portuguese Premier Division. Denswil was back from injury to replace Williams and Choupo-Moting was back from the World Cup with Cameroon to replace Vydra. All 11 starting players played with a rating of 8.0 or over with goals from Wilson, De Lanlay, Choupo-Moting, Buitrago, Ince and Vydra (2 from bench).
vs Southport (A) 8-0
Same team that demolished Vit. Setubal 3 days earlier and same result! Southport, who play in the Skrill North were no match for a strong City side. Goals from Strandberg, Denswil (2), Zuculini, Choupo-Moting, Buitrago, and Vydra (2 from bench). Only negative was Choupo-Moting twisted his knee in the first half and will now miss the start of the Championship season.
vs Stade de Reims (H) 2-1
New signing Traore came in to build up his match fitness in place of Strandberg and Vydra (who scored 4 goals in two sub appearances) started in place of injured Choupo-Moting. Ligue 1 Stade De Reims put up a strong wall and only in the 92nd minute did an own-goal provide Booy with a 100% win record in pre-season. De Lanlay had scored his 3rd goal of pre-season in the 1st half.