FOLLOWING such a good result and performance at Leyton Orient last week there was more frustration for fans on Saturday as City failed to capitalise on that result by drawing with fellow strugglers Tranmere Rovers at Ashton Gate.
Before the match Steve Cotterill had, in my opinion, unnecessarily built up the game as “the biggest of the season” and his charges failed to perform and looked jaded throughout.
After the 2-2 draw Cotterill said tiredness was to blame for a lacklustre first half. Whilst City have had a busy schedule of late it still does beg the question as to why he didn’t freshen up the starting line-up following last Tuesday’s game at Orient.
He has a decent enough squad at this level in terms of depth to have made some changes without weakening the team too much.
Incredibly, this was City’s 14th draw of the season meaning we have drawn nearly half of our league games. Coupled with just 6 wins all season, it’s easy to see why we’re still very much in a relegation scrap.
The games continue to come thick and fast, and this Saturday City make the trip up north to face Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. This game is another “six-pointer” as The Blades lie three points behind City in the League One relegation zone, though they do have four games in hand.
Bramall Lane has not traditionally been a happy-hunting ground for City having lost our last eight games there. City’s last win came way back in 1957!
Sheffield United haven’t been in good form in the league of late with just one win in their last five games. They are however on a tremendous FA Cup run having reached the quarter-finals, beating Premier League sides Fulham and Aston Villa in the process.
This is certainly another big game for both sides and a win for either would be a massive boost. Games like this tend to be tight and so another score-draw wouldn’t be a surprise but here’s hoping City can play in the manner they did at Orient and grab a vital victory.