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Thursday, 1 December 2011

GUEST POST: City are back!

As the Bristol City fans’ bubble of belief continues, and the unbeaten run under McInnes’ leadership extends to six games, Stuart Radnedge takes a look at why the resurgence of luck for the club has come at a perfect time:

They all count.

Tap ins, rockets from 30 yards, deflections, cross come shots that result in a goal – and yes, O.Gs as well.

At 2 nil down, and half time looming, my prayers were answered when we clawed a well worked goal back just before the break.

Everyone knows scoring minutes before half-time can make the scoring team feel like they are playing with 12 men.  And just 24 seconds into the second-half City’s twelfth man, Adrian Mariappa, passed back to Watford stopper Scoot Loach who allowed the pass to roll into his net and level the scores.

Magician McInnes, who makes Paul Daniels quake in his tiny size 4 boots, has cast his best revival spell which has resulted in the Robins floating out of the relegation zone.

With belief back in the squad, with players being quoted saying everyone is “walking around smiling”, and with 1700 fans attending Tuesday night’s match versus the Hornets – will a surge up the table follow?

It could see City ‘doing a Blackpool’ and sneaking into a playoff place towards the end of the season – using their run of form to reach the Premier League?

Maybe – just maybe.

But one thing it could, more importantly, accomplish is to enable the club to keep key players.  Maynard has hinted he may stay, Adomah has “dreamed of playing in the Premier League”.

But with a resurgence of the form and luck that escaped us early in the season, supporters could be flocking back as well.

1700 fans making the trip to Watford could be an indication that Ashton Gate may be filled with half-season-ticket holders now the discount initiative has been launched.

And that, in turn, could work for the benefit of City’s financial situation and work to reduce THAT cash flow announcement at the beginning of the week…

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