Preview: Bristol City v Blues

Blues travel to Ashton Gate knowing that a win will leave them just three points behind the hosts who currently occupy sixth spot.

Build Up

Bristol City have been in fine form of late. Lee Johnson’s men have won seven out of their last eight league games. This form has seen The Robins rocket up the ladder and they now find themselves in the play-off spots.

Blues are searching for their first win in three after two underwhelming results at St. Andrews. Che Adams was once again the hero on Saturday after his two goals secured a point, Adams scored the winner the last time Blues triumphed at Ashton Gate on the final day of the 2016/2017 season.

Opposition Opinion

We caught up with Bristol City fan Edward Studley ahead of tonight’s match.

We started very rockily and at times Johnson’s leadership was questioned. But ever since November we seem like a completely different team who are serious about the playoffs

I think Birmingham have done very well in my eyes. When we played Birmingham City earlier in the season it should have been a draw because every Birmingham player gave 110%, but I think our players really wanted to win for a bit of revenge over Diedhiou’s ban.

Half Time

Bristol City 1-1 Blues

Full Time

Bristol City 2-1 Blues

The Stats

Bristol City have only beaten Blues twice since 1994. Both wins have been from the last two outings. Bristol haven’t lost at home in seven games.

Pre-match Quotes

Lee Johnson:

For us, we continue our drive, we continue that performance level against a good side, we respect all our opponents but even more so Birmingham with the quality they have got and the strength they have got in individual duels.

If you switch off against a side like Birmingham you can guarantee they will capitalise. If you want to be weak in body and mind they will capitalise.

Garry Monk:

It’s another huge test for us, but they’re all tests now. This stage of the season is vital for every single team. This period of games up to the end of the season now tends to be what most people remember.

Everyone is playing for something. But I think you can see our determination and we want to go into each game and give our best. If we can do that then I think everyone can live with whatever may be. But we’re a fighting team.

Kane Styles is a third year Sports Journalism student studying in Leeds. Alongside writing for WeAreBirmingham, Kane is the online editor of MadeInBrum and also blogs for the Birmingham Mail.

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