Bristol City boss happy for "ugly win"
DEREK McInnes will take result over performance when his struggling Bristol City side meet Huddersfield Town at the John Smith Stadium this Saturday.
Desperate to end a depressing sequence of seven npower Championship games without a victory, City's manager insists winning is all that counts.
And he says he will be more than happy for the Robins to shed their tag of great entertainers in return for winning ugly in Yorkshire.
City's 13 Championship outings this season have produced a remarkable 52 goals at an average of four per game. The Robins have scored an impressive 24 times, two fewer than leaders Cardiff, but have conceded 28. Only Burnley have let in more.
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City's poor defensive record is chiefly responsible for a slump that saw the team slip into the relegation zone last weekend and McInnes, pictured, needs to rediscover the win-at-all-costs mentality that served his team so well towards the end of last season.
A meagre return of one win in 13 games between January 28 and April 7 looked like costing the Robins their second tier status earlier this year until they carved out crucial victories over fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest and Coventry to inspire a revival in the nick of time.
"I think we are back where we were towards the end of last season when the result was the most important thing," claimed McInnes.
"There has been a lot said about entertainment and goals going in and we have had the most goals at home in the Championship.
"That is all fine and well if you are winning games. When you come out the other end of it, you get the plaudits. No-one really cares a jot if you are winning games 4-3 and 3-2."
Although City's marketing department have done their utmost this season to sell tickets on the back of a campaign entitled "Let us entertain you," the fans are not buying into the re-branding.
Crowds at Ashton Gate have dwindled over the past month and disgruntled supporters have made it clear they would rather watch a winning team than one that entertains and loses. McInnes said: "There are positives in being an attack-minded team that scores goals and gives value. But I'm like any ardent Bristol City supporter in that I want a win on Saturday regardless of the performance.
"The game is about winning and I would take a scrappy 1-0 right now without having played particularly well. We want to try and be entertaining and put on a good show but, ultimately, it is all about winning the game and we need a level of performance and a level of concentration that enables us to do that.
"We need to make sure that we are talking about our performance again and a Bristol City win. Regardless of the opposition, it is the three points that matter."