Bristol City player ratings vs Rotherham: Twine has fine afternoon with Conway on the spot

Max O’Leary – 6

Other than two successive shots in the first half, he did not have a whole lot to do in the Robins’ last game at Ashton Gate this season. The two saves were strong however, palming a Tom Eaves effort out and tipping Hakeem Odoffin’s powerful header from the subsequent corner over the bar. His distribution was decent, comfortable with the short passes and spread a nice one out wide to Ross McCrorie under pressure.

Ross McCrorie – 7

Always draws players to him, holding them off with his physicality before laying it off but did not get into the game much as he usually does in an attacking sense. Was not troubled going back defensively.

George Tanner – 7

As was the case for most of the defence, it was a quiet afternoon. There were one or two times when he got forward, with one particular drive to the by-line being effective when he cut it back where someone probably should have been to sweep home.

Rob Dickie – 7

In the heart of defence once again after returning to it last week at Norwich and it was a bit of a cruise. He did not much to do but spread a couple of nice balls out to Pring who had some space on the left. Initiated a quick direct attack with a piercing forward ball as well in the second half.

Haydon Roberts – 6

After three back-to-back-to-back MOTM performances for City, Roberts started well as a deft dummy sold his man and ran into the space on the left before putting in a decent ball which was just too heavy for Tommy Conway. Despite a nice lofted pass to Conway after that, though, his passing was a little stray and he misjudged a header which afforded Eaves space to run into and shoot at O’Leary.

Cam Pring – 7

Was his usual physical self as he darted into the box on occasion only for his crosses to be blocked. Found Conway with some nice strong passing at times. Strong in defence and even had a wild shot in the first half after finding space.

Matty James – 7

Was surprisingly attacking in the first half as he made some good runs forward before looking for his slightly more able and attacking teammates. Played a lovely one-two with Conway on the counter which the striker probably should have finished off but hit at the keeper.

Joe Williams – 6

Was a textbook nuisance as he got about the pitch putting in a couple of crunching tackles on the opposition. Played some nice balls into space out wide to dictate the play but picked up a booking for a cynical foul later on.

Anis Mehmeti – 6

A solid showing from the Albanian international who came into the starting XI for Mark Sykes. Was bright and energetic, helping to smother the opposition high up to win the ball back. Made some nice runs in behind, one which he cut back and Scott Twine spooned, and another which he received the ball but did too much with, trying to round the keeper before getting muddled up and losing it.

Scott Twine – 8

It was a fine afternoon for Twine who showed his class. His free-kick in the second half summed it all up as he tucked it up and away past the despairing Dillon Phillips. Was very clever with his runs all game, knowing when to go and when to hold off and should’ve been played through by Conway early on.

Played the lovely ball which Conway latched onto before winning the penalty and was accurate with most of his passes and little flicks forward. Always aware of his surroundings and never ran out of energy, darting into the back post after Nahki Wells was introduced on numerous occasions.

Tommy Conway – 7

Possibly his last game at Ashton Gate? Conway was great as he found plenty of space with his runs throughout his hour on the pitch. Won the penalty and dispatched with his usual swagger. His decision-making slightly went wanting in the first half as he could have slotted Twine in before his goal before deciding to take it on himself with the keeper saving.


Nahki Wells (for Conway, 63) – 7

Made some positive runs in behind after coming on but couldn’t find the finishing touch, whether it was a cross to Twine at the back post or a shot at goal. The runs were well-timed though and he added some freshness off the bench.

Mark Sykes (for Mehmeti, 63) – 6

Brought width and a willingness but the game was already won by the time he entered the field as the overall pace began to drop.

Jason Knight – 6

Delivered a brilliant pass forward for Wells as soon as he came on and brought some needed fresh legs in the middle of the park.

Andy King (for Twine, 81) – N/A

Elijah Morrison (for Pring, 85) – N/A

Subs not used: Stefan Bajic, Taylor Gardner-Hickman, Harry Cornick, Dire Mebude

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