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The best Bristol City XI since the Millennium – Goalkeepers



It is unlikely but Bristol City are still in with a shot of securing what would be a sensational promotion to the Premier League.

Reaching the English top flight would be a phenomenal achievement for Lee Johnson’s men and would mean that the Robins have played in the top three tiers of English football since the start of the Millenium.

The South West club’s fortunes have been up and down in that time but they have had some fantastic players.

With EFL fixtures suspended until the 30th of April at the earliest, we’re trying to work out the best City XI since 2000.

Today, we’ve outlined the four best goalkeepers during that period and at the end of the list, we’ll ask you to vote for who you think should make the XI.

Steve Phillips (1997 – 2006)

Phillips was ever-present in the Robins side in the early part of the 2000s and made 157 appearances in total for the BS3 outfit, keeping 53 clean sheets.

The English shot-stopper helped City reach the play-offs in consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2004 but was unable to help his side secure promotion either time.

He is something of a controversial figure amongst City fans as he joined cross-city rivals Bristol Rovers in 2006 after he was replaced by the next man on this list due to a falling out with Gary Johnson.

Adriano Basso (2005 – 2010)

The Brazilian was a mainstay in the City side during the late 2000s, making 174 appearances during his five years at the club.

Basso arrived at Ashton Gate in 2005 and helped the Robins secure promotion from League One in just his second season at the club, keeping 18 clean sheets in 45 appearances.

He continued to be a mainstay in the side in the Championship and was a key man in their run to the play-off final in 2007/08.

Frank Fielding (2013 – 2019)

The 31-year-old was a fantastic servant to the club making 181 appearances in all and playing a key role in the double-winning season.

Fielding played all 46 of City’s League One games in 2014/15, keeping 20 clean sheets, and was ever-present during their triumphant EFL Trophy run.

Injuries and competition meant that he did not have as much of an impact after promotion to the Championship but his performances during the 2017/18 (43 league games, 14 clean sheets) are worth noting.

The Englishman’s distribution did often leave much of the Ashton Gate faithful frustrated but he was an excellent shot-stopper and got City out of trouble on more than one occasion.

Dan Bentley (2019 – onwards) 

This may seem like jumping the gun a bit as Bentley only joined the Robins last summer but he has been absolutely fantastic so far.

The exit of Adam Webster ahead of the season appeared to unsettle the defence a little, while injuries to key men such as Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas haven’t helped, but City’s shot-stopper has regularly earned his side points and results in games they didn’t deserve it.

Bentley has appeared in all but two of the club’s Championship games this season, keeping 10 clean sheets, and the fixture delay has come at the perfect time to let him get back to full fitness ahead of the run-in.

Who is Bristol City's best goalkeeper since the Millennium?

Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips

Adriano Basso

Adriano Basso

Frank Fielding

Frank Fielding

Dan Bentley

Dan Bentley

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