Q&A With Bristol City

  • October 20, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bristol City are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday and we have got the views of a travelling fan ahead of the game.

The last time the two sides met was in April 1999, with an early goal from Eidur Gudjohnsen giving Colin Todd's side a crucial three points in their bid for promotion.

13 years later, the game will be played in completely different circumstances, with Jimmy Phillips, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby taking charge of Wanderers for the first time.

Ahead of Saturday's game at the Reebok, we have got the views of citypope from City forum otib.co.uk.

Q: Bristol City currently sit one place above Bolton in the Championship, with the same amount of points but a better goal difference. How has your season been so far?

A: Inconsistent, but plenty more goals than usual. We've struggled to score at this level for 5 years so I hope our good run in front of goal continues.

Our defence is a huge problem, though, and our best summer signing, Greg Cunningham, is out injured. The less said about the centre-backs the better.

Q: Where do you think you can finish this season? Is promotion a possibility?

A: Promotion is a pipe dream and Derek McInnes has undertaken a long-term rebuilding job at the club. It will take a couple of seasons to change the ethos at the club. We still lack leadership on the field and we're too nice and too easy to score against.

However, the manager has done a decent job and we've improved a lot since he took over. I think we'll be around 15th/16th this season.

Q: You recently re-signed former Scotland and Celtic captain Stephen McManus on loan from Middlesbrough. What are your thoughts on this signing and do you think he will play on Saturday afternoon?

A: Very pleased we've got him in. We've been crying out for a first-ball winner since May. His lack of pace is an issue but there's no doubt he's a leader and a strong, solid character.

We just need another centre-half to play alongside him now! He'll surely start on Saturday.

Q: Last week, Bolton sacked manager Owen Coyle, with Jimmy Phillips taking temporary charge. Do you think Coyle deserved to be sacked and who do you think will take over at the Reebok?

A: I think it was inevitable after the team seemed to fall to pieces after that cup semi-final defeat.

I really liked Coyle as a bloke. He's a decent guy and he certainly hasn't become a bad manager overnight, but I think he had to go. He seemed to run out of ideas at Bolton.

I think Mick McCarthy is a good bet for the job but I'd like to see you go for Paolo Di Canio. I can't stand the guy, but I'd hate him less if he wasn't doing such a good job at one of our local rivals. Whether you'd want him is another matter!

Q: Which City player do you think will be the biggest threat to the Bolton defence?

A: Albert Adomah has the ability to create something out of nothing, even if his end product is a bit hit and miss. We love him at Ashton Gate and we're still too often over-reliant on him.

Q: Which Bolton player will Derek McInnes be telling his players to look out for?

A: I'd like to think his main focus will be on getting us defending better as a unit. Before McManus signed, I would have said Kevin Davies would have our back four for breakfast, but hopefully McManus can man-mark him.

Whoever you put on the second centre-back is likely to be your main threat. I do rate Mark Davies though. Good player.

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday?

A: 1-1

Burnden Aces would like to thank citypope for sharing his views ahead of Saturday afternoon's game at the Reebok.

You can read more answers from the Bristol City fans by checking out our Q&A thread at otib.co.uk.

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