Bristol City have had a wretched few weeks, seemingly letting the play-off place they so richly deserved on their early season form, slip through their fingers.
A frustrating 0-0 draw with Burton Albion last Saturday highlighted a lack of cutting edge, the sort of points dropped that will cost those sides less ruthless their place in the top six. Since then, Sheffield United and Wolves have both beaten the Brewers.
There was a chink of light this weekend though as Lee Johnson’s men rose to the occasion and beat Ipswich 1-0. The result means they’re still only one point outside the top six with everything still to play for.
Bosnian striker Milan Djuric has barely kicked a ball in anger since early December, this being only his second game of 2018. He’s undergone surgery recent which has led to three months out, meaning he’s only just on his way back as the season draws to a close.
He came on for 23 minutes against Burton but couldn’t make a difference, but his 34 minute cameo on Saturday might just have kept Bristol’s season alive, for now.
He’s a player that likes to win flick-ons and put himself about and he proved that by winning five aerial duels during his outing at Ashton Gate this weekend. He managed two shots on goal too, not bad when you consider his team only had nine throughout the game.
One saying that often gets bandied around is that there’s only one stat that matters, goals. This was certainly the case for Djuric, his goal just eight minutes after coming on settled the tie. Rather predictably for the Bosnian, he scored it with his head.
He managed to get involved at the other end with a clearance too, as well as committing one foul after coming on.
It was a satisfactory outing for the forward and he’ll be delighted he’s getting back to fitness, as will his manager. He’s not had the easiest of times since arriving from Cesena, Saturday’s goal being his fourth in little over 12 months.
The signs are there though that he might just be an unknown quantity for defences over the next couple of months, maybe even a ‘secret weapon’ in Bristol City’s battle for a play off spot.