I PESSIMISTICALLY predicted a loss for last Saturday against Oldham but I should’ve known better than to doubt this City side, who are now 22 league games unbeaten and closing in on a club record unbeaten run set back in 1905/06 of 24 games.

Two tough games at Swindon and then at home to second-placed Preston stand in the way of that record being equalled but on current form City seem to be able to rise to every challenge set before them.

Oldham came into Saturday’s game unbeaten in 11 and having put in acclaimed performances at Preston and Swindon, but City fired into them in the early stages and could’ve scored a couple of goals. Oldham did get themselves into the game before half-time but overall I think they looked toothless in attack and seemed prone to the odd silly error at the back.

That said they were well organised and it took a moment of magnificent creativity from City to win the game.

A free kick was awarded 40 yards from goal and Wade Elliott looked set to cross the ball into the box.

Instead he laid the ball short to Wilbraham, who flicked the ball into the path of Agard, who had ghosted past the Oldham wall and was clear through on goal.

Agard must’ve been the coolest person inside Ashton Gate and finished calmly past ‘keeper Rachubka in front of another near-capacity crowd of 12,696.

This Saturday, City travel to Gillingham in the FA Cup first round (3pm).

City have yet to face Gillingham in the league this season.

The Gills struggle to score goals but also don’t concede many. They currently lie third bottom of League One and I hope Cotterill takes the competition seriously and plays a near full strength line-up.

We might as well go for it as the last thing we need at this stage of the season is a replay.

The following Tuesday City play AFC Wimbledon for the first time, with The Dons visiting Ashton Gate in a JPT Trophy quarter-final (7.45pm).