Bristol City boss Derek McInnes: Now we must do it at home
BRISTOL City boss Derek McInnes is targeting six points from Christmas games against Watford and Peterborough United.
Desperate to climb out of the Championship relegation zone, the Robins host the Hornets on Boxing Day and welcome fellow strugglers Peterborough to Ashton Gate on Saturday.
Without a home win since August, City are acutely aware of the need to replicate their superior away form in BS3.
Encouraged by Saturday's creditable 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, McInnes said: "We have two very big home games now and we need to maximise our opportunities to go on a run.
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"That is going to be key for us because, if we don't get our home form going, we're going to struggle.
"We were encouraged by our performance (at Ipswich) and, for whatever reason, we have not been able to do that at home.
"We need to become a good team at home, we need to become a confident team at home and we need to become a winning team at home.
"We've taken seven points from our last four away games and we need to replicate that at home."
He added: "We've already had good performances and results against Watford and Peterborough and, without being disrespectful to those guys, the aim is to take all six points.
"Both are decent sides if you allow them to play and these will not be easy games. But the players are aware of their responsibilities and it is important we are a tough opponent.
"We need to do the other stuff and be hard to beat and confident at home. We need to set about Watford and bring the crowd into it.
"Our fans have seen some good performances on the road and it is important the home support sees what they have been seeing.
"The first win will be the important one and, if we get that against Watford, it will help us going into the Peterborough game."
McInnes made four changes to his starting line-up and adopted a 5-4-1 system for the first time since taking over as manager in October last year.
And it proved a successful ploy as City had the better of the game in East Anglia.
McInnes said: "I've toyed with the idea of playing a back three for some time now. But I decided to do it in this game to nullify Ipswich.
"They are a team that like to turn you, get in behind and ask questions of you and I felt they could cause us problems out wide.
"We filled channels where they wanted to operate, we gave ourselves an extra header of the ball when crosses came in and we dealt with them trying to get in behind."
Ipswich struggled to create goalscoring opportunities from open play and equalised from a set-piece, Tommy Smith seizing upon Luke Chambers' knock-down to poach his first goal of the season.
But McInnes felt his team was unfortunate to concede. He said: "I have been our biggest critic over conceding goals from set -plays, but I felt we were a bit unlucky with their goal. The ball has got a ricochet and the lad has done ever so well to hook it in.
"Otherwise, I felt we dealt very well with set plays against a team that has been in top form at home."