The Robins faced their biggest test so far this season, as they faced a trip to Pep Guardiola’s rampant City side, looking to be the first team to inflict a domestic defeat on them this season.
Lee Johnson can’t fault his lads for their efforts in last night’s game, after adopting a counter-attack based tactic that saw his men take the lead at half-time thanks to the tireless work of striker Bobby Reid, who calmly dispatched his penalty.
But, as Manchester City did at the weekend.
They fought back from a losing position, to score two second-half goals that saw a proud but demoralised Robins team walk off the pitch at the Etihad as the full-time whistle sounded.
Nevertheless, Bristol City fans caught a first glimpse at their new signing Liam Walsh after he was brought on late in the second-half, following his switch from Premier League club Everton.
The midfielder made his debut, and was pretty impressive as he adopted a dogged approach to constantly harass the City midfielder’s in the middle of the park.
Nevertheless, after the game their new signing took to his personal Twitter account (@liamwalsh_6) to thank the fans for their support, while showing the pleasure of making his debut for the Robins.
Buzzing to have made my debut tonight, Great team performance from the lads and the fans were unbelievable all night, thankyou for the support ????????
— Liam walsh (@liamwalsh_6) January 9, 2018
Following the player’s message, fans looked to welcome their new man as they praised his performance after being brought on as a substitute.
So without further ado, here’s a look at exactly what City supporters made of the message…
And that’s just the start….????????????????????????
— Rob Skeates (@RobbieSkeates) January 9, 2018
Nice touches Liam looking like you have footy brain welcome to the red side .1-0 at the gate and we’re through , they won’t like a tighter ground and 27 thousand singing
— mildred (@ashtonciders) January 9, 2018
Even more buzzing to have you in our side! Pulling strings like a young Iniesta out there today! COYR! On to Norwich!!x
— HJ (@BrexitBrownhill) January 9, 2018
Welcome to Bristol City Liam. May this be the first of many such great experiences! CoylovelyR
— Bob Reader (@RReader168) January 10, 2018
Really looking forward to seeing more of you mate ????
— OTIB one love (@bristolfred) January 10, 2018
Wouldn't have subbed off the legend but nice to see you get on the pitch. Some lovely touches.
— Herders76 (@Herders76) January 9, 2018
Looked class when you came on, can’t wait to see more #wellplayed
— Mark Maidment (@MarkMaiders) January 10, 2018
Was a pleasure to watch you make your debut tonight of all nights. You all done us proud tonight! ????⚪️
— Georgina Attwood (@georginaattwoo2) January 9, 2018