CITY'S head coach Lee Johnson has named an unchanged starting eleven for the first time this season and appears to be reaping the rewards as his charges comfortably beat QPR on Good Friday followed by gaining a vital point at relegation rivals Blackburn Rovers on Easter Monday.
Johnson has received plenty of criticism this season for chopping and changing his line-ups on a game-by-game basis but he now finally appears to have settled on a team and it looks like it may ensure our Championship status for another season.
Another key difference in the last few games has been the players do appear to have been a lot more motivated. The performances of these players is in stark contrast to the ones who looked so disinterested against Brentford and Preston a few weeks ago.
In particular, I don’t think this reflects well on senior players such as Tomlin, Cotterill and O’Neill all of whom have been dropped following those two horror show performances.
City made light work of an awful QPR outfit managed by ex-Bristol Rovers player and boss Ian Holloway.
The R’s are only two points ahead of us in the table and I wouldn’t be surprised to see us finish above them. Marlon Pack and Jamie Paterson put us two up before the break and QPR caused us few problems before they netted a late consolation with virtually the last kick of the game.
City were even more dominant at Blackburn on Monday but just could not convert their chances after going ahead early-on through a cheeky Tammy Abraham goal.
City were the better side for over an hour but let Blackburn back into the game who equalised with 20 minutes remaining. On this evidence, though Blackburn will struggle to get the minimum of five points they’d need to overtake City with just three games to go.
City can all but guarantee their Championship status for next season with a win at home to Barnsley this Saturday (3pm).