Problems mount for Town’s opening day opponents

BRISTOL City boss Keith Millen has warned some of his players that they have little chance of facing Ipswich Town on the opening day of the Championship – after just three pre-season friendlies.

A stark contrast to the buoyancy surrounding the Blues this summer, City have lost to lower league Charlton Athletic and then scraped a 3-2 win against a makeshift Plymouth Argyle side.

And they reached a new low on Saturday when they lost 2-0 to League Two Torquay United.

Although missing ex-Town striker Jon Stead, and fellow forwards Nicky Maynard and Brett Pitman, Millen is clearly not a happy man with less than three weeks to go before the big kick off.

The City manager said: “I’ve kept everyone happy up until now, but some of the lads have probably played themselves out of contention for the starting 11 for the Ipswich game.

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“They have a lot of work to do if they want to be selected. It’s up to those players to get better and give me a selection headache because, at the moment, I don’t have too many of those.”

What made it worse for Millen was that his City side barely created a chance against Torquay while being indebted to former England keeper David James for keeping the score down.

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