Bristol City fan's column by Graham Ford

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CITY showed further progress in their performance despite losing their unbeaten run at promotion-chasing Rotherham last Saturday.

A few months ago, an early goal against them would have seen heads drop and the floodgates open. This is a different City side now and while much of the personnel have remained unchanged a few new additions and Steve Cotterill’s management have changed everything.

Being six points clear of the drop zone should enable City to finish the table nearer the top half than the bottom especially with the fixtures coming up, where I can see points being taken from teams below us.

The decision to penalise Fielding after he had dropped the ball from his hands to kick out was controversial and much has been made of how it cost us the game. In truth we should have defended the free kick better than we did and that seems to have been overlooked.

Fielding has come back into the team in some style but for me there is a question mark over his shot stopping from long range and a couple have winged past him in recent weeks. That said his reaction saves have been brilliant and his performance at Peterborough was match winning. Who would be a goalkeeper?

Meetings were held this week to give ticket holders the arrangements for attending games as Ashton Gate becomes a building site for the next few years. I am still disappointed we are not moving to Ashton Vale.

I just feel that seeing a stadium being built around you and the effect of the atmosphere of a three-sided ground will not help us. We also will not get the wow factor of turning up for that first game in a brand new stadium.

Saturday sees Preston North End coming to The Gate. A proud club of fine tradition and great supporters will be another good test. Ex-City player Neil Kilkenny will get a hot reception if he plays. I expect City to avoid defeat but I fancy the forthcoming games against Stevenage and Notts County will be the ones that secure our League One status.

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