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Back Millen & the boys, we've been here before!



COMMENT: Vital Bristol City co-editor Tin writes on the reasons of our decline and why now's the time to get behind the team more than ever


A lot of City fans have been pointing the finger of blame firmly in the direction of City boss Keith Millen, following a dreadful run of form that now sees us firmly rooted bottom of the league.

But what a lot of people forget is that this slide has been going on for the last two-and-a-half seasons now.

After City's demoralising 3-2 defeat at Cardiff on Saturday, the stats read that we've only won a dismal 17 out of the last 70 league games.

Further analysis shows that Gary Johnson was in charge for 50 of those games and only managed to win 11, with a win percentage of 22%.

Johnson's slide was somewhat hidden by the fact it was spread over two seasons, stretching from the back end of 2008/09 through to Millen's appointment as caretaker in March this year, but confirms that we would have been relegated long before now if that form was not broken up by the summer break.

And there lies our problem.

Johnson remained far too loyal to the deadwood in our squad, before sneaking out the back door with his reputation somehow in tact, only for Coppell to add more deadwood to the point where we now have just shy of 40 pros on our books.

Millen, whilst looking clueless and bereft of ideas at the moment, is the poor sod left to pick up the pieces of this shambles and he needs our support, for now.

Dig a bit deeper and surely people would begin to question the footballing decisions of the Chairman, Steve Lansdown, who has a history of poor managerial decisions dating back to Brian Tinnion's appointment in 2004.

This week is one of the biggest weeks in our club's recent history.

Without a home win since the end of April - when Keith Millen led City to a 2-1 win over Derby at Ashton Gate - we face high-flying Reading and league-leaders QPR at home in the space of four days.

We need everyone to put asides their differences for one moment and help the team get this monkey off our backs.

Almost ten years ago to the day, a high-flying Reading team came to Ashton Gate. We were down at the bottom of the league with only one win in 11 games and without a home win to our name. Ring any bells?

Thanks to goals from Lee Peacock (2), Mickey Bell and Scott Murray, Danny Wilson's City thrashed the Royals 4-0 to get the season going. That win inspired us to win the next 7 out of 9 and propelled us up the table.

We supported Wilson back then and Johnson five years on, despite him losing his first nine games on the trot in League One immediately after taking over, and we need to show the same sort of support to Millen and his team if we're to get this season up and running.

So let's stop our bitching and back the boys to the hilt on Tuesday night, unless everyone's looking forward to travelling to dumps like Rochdale and the Gas next year!

The Journalist

Writer: Tin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 18 2010

Time: 3:33PM

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