Previous Bristol City manager Gary Johnson once said the season is split up into blocks of ten games. Well, were ten games into this season and sitting pretty atop the league, with seven wins and three draws. This is all the more impressive considering we have beaten pre-season favourites Sheffield United and giant killers MK Dons along the way. Key to our lightning start has been Aaron Wilbraham, who has already scored eight goals in nine appearances – his best ever start to a season.
Wilbraham’s splendid start to the season has meant last seasons top scorer Sam Baldock has not been missed in the slightest. When first looking at the striker he appears to be your standard big target man, but upon closer inspection he offers so much more. Adept with the ball at his feet and even better at holding the ball up and bringing others into play Wilbraham has been one of the reasons we have such a good scoring record this season.
However, when Wilbraham is having an off day or failing to score, we now have another striker we can turn to. Kieran Agard, a £750,000 signing from Rotherham, has began to hit form in the last few games, and is the perfect little man to Wilbraham’s big. I was very surprised the ex-Everton man was willing to drop back down a division after winning promotion to the Championship last year, but it just goes to show how big a draw our club, and in particular our manager are. In the game against Fleetwood the two scored all three goals between them, with Agard setting Wilbraham up for the second with a neat header.
Following up his brace against Fleetwood Agard scored another double on saturday against MK Dons, taking his tally to five in six games. For the first time in a long while City now have a striking partnership that is up there with the best, if not the best, in the league.
While Baldock has not been missed since his departure that is down to the duo’s good form, as well as the lack of injuries the squad has had this year. Last season’s outstanding player Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has yet to really take to the field, but is a more than adequate back up to the two currently holding the starting berth. Of course, he is a completely different type of forward to Agard and Wilbraham and it remains to be seen how he would play with the duo.
Next up is seventeenth place Walsall away, never an easy place to visit. Though with Wilbraham and Agard leading the line i’m fully confident we can come away with another three points and extend our lead at the top of the table.