April 15, 2013 by Made In Brum
Blues take on Bristol City at Ashton Gate in a game that could mean an end to any hopes the Robins have of staying in the Championship for another season. A defeat for Bristol City and its goodnight Vienna for the South West side as far as this season is concerned, But for Blues any sort of result Draw or Win will see them all but assure themselves Championship Football once again after a very indifferent season.
All that said it will be no easy ride for Lee Clark’s men with Bristol City only suffering defeat once in last 8 homes games that came on Saturday v Bolton but you can be sure Sean O’Driscoll will have his team up for the fight with relegation staring them in the eyes.
Blues have Similar form away from St Andrews with only One defeat since the turn of the year on their travels a crushing 5-2 defeat at Hull City, so we could be set for a decent game with both teams likely to concede it could be a high scoring encounter.
Bristol Manager O’Driscoll looks set to shuffle the pack for this season defining game with Liam Fontaine and Stephen Pearson both facing Late fitness tests after withdrawing from the match on Saturday and Jon Stead not quite ready after suffering a groin injury, but should have Lewin Nyatanga available despite suffering a broken nose at the weekend.
Captain Marvin Elliott said
“All the boys know the situation we are in and what is at stake. But we are playing Birmingham tomorrow and that is what we have to focus on right now.
“I think you have to be professional in these situations. We are professional footballers and we have a job to do against Birmingham. Anything else will take care of itself.
“People are saying it will be bad if we go down at home, but it will be bad whether it happens at home or away.
“All we want is a chance to stay in the division and take it to the next game. That is what we will try and do.”
Lee Clark will be able to choose from the same squad that went away to Leicester on Friday and got a well-earned draw with a stoppage time goal from Sub Chris Burke. With no new injury problems to talk of, Clark might be tempted to start with the same line up and relegate Burke back to the subs bench for a game that could see Blues secure championship status.
Lee Clark Commented
“I am just focused on Bristol City now and trying to get three points, to get ten points from our last four away games and see where that can push us in the table. This division has been so crazy, you take your eye off the ball and think you’re done and dusted it will come back and bite you on the bum.”
Head to Head @ Asthton Gate :
Bristol City won 11 …. Birmingham City won 9 …. Drawn 5
Possible Teams :
Bristol City : Heaton, Moloney, Nyatanga, Fontaine, Cunningham, Adomah, Elliott, Kelly, Anderson, Baldock, Davies
Blues : Butland, Davies, Hancox, Caddis, Robinson, Ferguson, Morrison, Gomis, Elliott, Redmond, Zigic
Bristol City 1 … Blues 3
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