Can City maintain promotion push post cup run? Interview
Thursday, 25th Jan 2018 16:45 by Clive Whittingham
For the seocnd time this season we sit down with the Exiled Robin to talk about Bristol City's remarkable season to date and whether it will have a happy ending come May.
This is basically a continuation of our chat with Exiled Robin from the first meeting between the sides this season which you can read here.
Lee Johnson said he’d rather win promotion than the League Cup final at Wembley (with the European qualification that would have brought). Did you agree?
ER: Short-term it has to be to get a minimum of seven points from the next three games as we face yourselves, Sunderland and Bolton. It's not a case of "we should be beating teams like that" which I know is a phrase which winds people up, but if we're to have any hope of automatic promotion, let alone solidify our top six position, we've got to be picking up wins against teams in & around the bottom third of the table.
Medium term I've got to say I think automatic promotion is beyond us. It would probably take 14 wins in 18 games which, at this stage, having had the cup run and injuries and with Derby and Villa on form, looks beyond us. It would be disappointing to not make the play-offs now given where we have been all season, but whatever happens now we've made significant progress and I hope that's remembered at the end of it all.
Long-term there is only one aim and that's the Premier League. We've received lots of lovely plaudits in the last month from across the media and football world about our team, our manager, our stadium and everything about the club. But now we've got to convert and actually make it. If we don't go up this season we'll lose long-standing players Joe Bryan and Aden Flint, and have to do a mini-rebuild again.
When Lee Johnson joined he made some throwaway, jokey/crass comment about taking us to Europe inside five years. It was laughable this time last year in the middle of an eight-game losing streak and fighting relegation. but on Tuesday we were a lucky deflection or a single bit of skill away from taking Man City to extra-time and possibly ending up 90 minutes away from exactly that. He's got three years left.
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