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Aston Villa loanee has debut to forget in Bristol City’s 4-2 defeat on Saturday

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Aston Villa loanee Nathan Baker had a debut to forget for Bristol City as he was subject to a 4-2 defeat away from home to Birmingham City.

Baker had a debut to forget against the Blues

Baker had a debut to forget against the Blues

The 24-year-old centre-back joined the Bristol City team with high expectation due to his Premier League experience with Villa. However, his first game at the Gloucestershire club was disappointing as Birmingham found the net four times in a torrid afternoon for the Bristol City fans.

Robins boss Steve Cotterill had previously spoke about his strength in depth at the back after his acquisition of Baker and Liam Moore from Leicester City, however, both players failed to make a good first impression as Cotterill was disappointed yet again.

Baker was signed by City on transfer deadline day and lit a new sense of optimism among Robins fans. The defender, seemingly a good fit for Cotterill’s prefered 3-5-2 formation, was an astute signing for Bristol as they looked to improve their form as the Championship season progresses.

However, the defender will have to improve in the future if he is to become a fan favourite at Ashton Gate Stadium.

Clayton Donaldson scored twice in the opening ten minutes to give Birmingham the dream start to the game, elating the fans of the Midlands’ side. It was 3-1 at half time and despite the fact that Bristol had managed to tighten the game in the 66th minute by making it 3-2, there was no dramatic comeback as Jonathan Grounds’ late header made it 4-2 to the home side.

It was certainly another result to forget for Steve Cotterill and his men, as the Championship new-boys failed to make an impact on the league.

It was hoped that Baker would make an instant impact at the club, but the City fans may have to wait until his full quality is shown for the club.

Speaking to the club’s official website about his side’s poor defensive performance, Cotterill said: “We’ve given away a couple of sloppy goals and we know that. It’s been a bit of a problem for us that we need to put right.

“I thought this would happen to us a few times, but we’ve got to rid ourselves of that. It looked like we’d forgotten the problems that we had before the international break.”

The Robins boss and Baker alike will no doubt be hoping that the club can improve their defensive form and wipe out the problems they are suffering on the pitch. However, whether or not Baker can make the impact desired remains to be seen.

Bristol fans! Do you think Baker will come good? What does Cotterill have to do to improve your teams form? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 


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