FOLLOWING an encouraging start to the season City have now gone five league games without a win, writes Will Collins.

Four straight wins preceded this run of form and it demonstrates the kind of inconsistency we’ve experienced for a couple of years now under head coach Lee Johnson.

Indeed, this latest ‘hot and cold’ run of form has already led to some supporters questions the clubs ambition for this season and even Johnson’s position as Head Coach.

Sunday’s performance against Sheffield Wednesday was a familiar story. City were the better side in the first half and really Should've gone into half-time leading by a couple of goals with Diedhiou and Webster having our best chances. But after the interval we seemed to run out of steam as the away side grew into the contest.

Wednesday’s first goal came courtesy of a long ball over the top which wasn’t dealt with by City centre-back Baker. Joao was on hand to take advantage and fire the ball past Maenpaa from close-range. Then two minutes later in the 66th minute Wednesday carved us open far too easily with Webster appearing not to get anywhere near tight enough to his man – Joao – who completed his brace with a nice finish from 12 yards out. City grabbed a late consolation as Taylor converted from the penalty spot but it was too little, too late.

Johnson will have been in charge of City for three years this February. Some of the same fragilities we showed in his first season in charge still seem to be present. We play possession football mostly but at times without any real punch or end product. Johnson talks a lot about having an ‘identity’ in the way we play however this seems to vary from one game to the next, with more direct, long-ball football sometimes employed; particularly away from home.

Johnson will now have the two week international break to pick his players up and go again with a tough first game back at Brentford followed by winnable looking fixtures at home to Hull City and Stoke City.