IT WAS a case of ‘history repeating’ for City on Saturday as we returned from Ewood Park with a 2-0 defeat.
Last month City had lost by the same score line to Blackburn in an FA Cup 3rd round tie.
But the nature of the loss here was different, as City had the better of a tight first half and despite going 1-0 down had some good chances to equalise particularly just before half time when Steve Davies hit a post.
The difference between the two sides was £8m striker Jordan Rhodes. The Scottish international bagged both goals in an impressive all-round performance.
The players must quickly forget about the result and turn their attention to Saturday’s game at Ashton Gate against Sean O’Driscoll’s former club Nottingham Forest (3pm). The East Midlands club are in a bit of turmoil at the moment, having disposed of their second manager in as many months. After O’Driscoll’s departure on Boxing Day, Alex McLeish left the club this week after just 40 days in charge.
Since O’Driscoll left Forest, they have managed only one win in six, curtailing their play-off ambitions. Results didn’t go our way last weekend and a third straight win at home would be most welcome in our fight to beat the drop.
In other news this week, managing director Jon Lansdown announced the club’s ‘Plan B’ in regard to the proposed new stadium at Ashton Vale.
With the landowners in a legal wrangle with objectors over the status of the land at Ashton Vale, Plan B would involve the redevelopment of Ashton Gate into a 26,000 capacity stadium.
With a planning application to be submitted in the summer, the redevelopment could be completed in time for the 2016-17 season.
Whilst the club have stressed that Ashton Vale remains the number one option, it feels like the club have accepted that there is now only a slim chance of that being turned into reality. The Ashton Vale inquiry is not until October, yet plans will be submitted for Ashton Gate in June/July.
Nevertheless, I do feel this was a positive announcement from the club as it will ensure that whether it’s Ashton Vale or an expanded Ashton Gate, we WILL have an improved stadium to play in within the next four years.
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