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Unsung Hero: Commanding Kalas goes under the radar to bring Bristol City first three points

Unsung Hero: Commanding Kalas goes under the radar to bring Bristol City first three points

It was a weekend to remember for new signings at Bristol City as they beat QPR 2-0 at Ashton Gate.

Benik Afobe and Adam Nagy both put in performances of top quality for the Robins, not only playing well respectively, but both sticking the ball in the back of the net for City’s first three points of the season.

However, it was another new signing whose performance slipped under the radar.

Tomas Kalas hasn’t had the easiest starts to life since joining the club permanently; not only has he lost his former partner-in-crime Adam Webster to Brighton, but before Saturday, the club were yet to earn a clean sheet this season.

Just four days before Saturday’s game, Queens Park Rangers managed to bag thrice within 90 minutes before knocking City out on penalties. Fast forward to Saturday, and a resolute performance from Kalas in the middle of a back three meant that the Hoops were unable to put the ball in the back of Daniel Bentley’s net.

In terms of a match rating, he received a 7/10 from Bristol Live reporter Gregor MacGregor. The report says that Kalas “mastered Jordan Hugill”, was efficient in preventing Eberechi Eze from being dangerous and that he was fantastic in the air -using acrobatics to stop passes reaching their man. Comparatively to the other centre-backs, he managed the same as Nathan Baker with 7 and one more than Taylor Moore with 6.

WhoScored also had Tomas Kalas as one of the standout performers. Their algorithm worked out that he was a 7.7 – just 0.1 less than man of the match Nagy and the same as Andreas Weimann. The centre back not only incredibly effective in defence, winning three aerial duels, making one tackle, two interceptions and 10 clearances, but he made more accurate passes (42) and had more touches (10) than anyone else in his team (all stats per WhoScored).

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