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Why Bristol City's former Aston Villa stars should celebrate if they score tonig
Why Bristol City's former Aston Villa stars should celebrate if they score tonight

thai sbo Bristol City will reflect on last week with disappointment. It got off to such a promising start grinding out the win against Sheffield United but culminated in Lee Johnson apologising for his side's performance. The week got worse with the news that Tomas Kalas will be out for six weeks with injury.

Kalas had jaw surgery which sounds nasty and, to add insult to injury, it was a clash with his team mate Marley Watkins that did the damage - but perhaps his absence will give players such as Nathan Baker and Bailey Wright a chance to step up. Friday night's performance was dire, I felt sympathy for the fans that made the long trip through the traffic to support the Robins.

By all accounts the journey was long and delayed and to be met thai sbo by such a bad game must have been salt in the wound. Over 500 fans made the trip, which for a Friday night is impressive. I don't think Wigan were particularly impressive, and if Famara Diedhiou could have taken his chance late on perhaps a point would have been fair given two underwhelming sides.

After two defeats Lee Johnson and his staff will be looking for a reaction on Friday night against Aston Villa, a side who have also had a tough time of late. John McGinn scored an absolute screamer at the weekend but it was not enough to save them from another defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. Their form has been pretty poor so City will take some comfort in that, but they will not take comfort in welcoming back Tammy Abraham.

Eyebrows were raised when Abraham went to Villa in summer. Many Robins fans wanted him back at Ashton Gate, particularly when he was rumoured to be going to a Championship side on loan. We all know why, he was prolific for Bristol City with 23 goals in 41 appearances.

His form, he will have hoped, might have earned him a chance back at parent club Chelsea, but last season he was loaned out to Swansea. This was, at least, a chance, for Abraham to prove himself at the highest level. It started well but his season petered out with just 5 goals in 31 games. At Aston Villa, he has one goal so far, but the Ashton Gate crowd will be so wary of him.

That said, thai sbo this could be a good time to face the Villains - just one win in eight has led to questions once again being asked of Steve Bruce. I truly believe managers need time, which is something rarely afforded to them.