Bristol City fan's view by Matthew Withers
I HAD forgotten what it was like to watch City win at Ashton Gate. The victory against Peterborough United was crucial and, while it wasn't perfect, it was a massive improvement on that which we have witnessed at home for much of this season.
The key was that when we played the football on the ground and with pace we caused Peterborough problems. I really can't understand why we don't play the ball on the ground more than we do.
Obviously, performances have improved away from home of late and many will point to the fact that Peterborough went down to ten men early on, following the sending off of. But in truth City were always the better side and deservedly took all three points.
It's no coincidence that a change in performance has coincided with the return of both Cole Skuse and Greg Cunningham and the introduction of Paul Anderson. Skuse goes about his work quietly and effectively and it's only when he is not in the team that you really appreciate what he brings to the side. With the equally impressive Neil Danns alongside Skuse, the team has a far stronger middle. Our future in this division may very well depend on whether we can sign Danns until the end of the season or on a permanent basis. The on-loan Leicester City midfielder is a constant menace to the opposition and is the sort of player that others would hate playing against.
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While Cunningham was at fault for the Posh equaliser, he is also key to our survival hopes. The youngster has great energy and gets forward well but is also a very good defender.
The biggest factor for me in the game, however, was Anderson. We haven't seen too much of Anderson since he was signed in the summer from Nottingham Forrest. At last McInnes has shown faith in him and how he has been repaid. Anderson's movement caused Peterborough problems all afternoon and his opening goal was finished coolly.
Jon Stead and Sam Baldock worked tirelessly up front with Baldock particularly impressive. At last, our management and coaching staff seem to realise the sort of player Baldock is and the message is getting through to the players. Baldock should have scored four or five goals on Saturday and we were perhaps fortunate that his miss shortly after Anderson's opener did not prove crucial.
The January transfer window opens this week and I hope that McInnes has identified the players he wants and that they are recruited straight away rather than at the end of the month. I would like to see two central defenders. I don't think that Stephen McManus or Matthew Bates are good enough to keep us in the league. I would sign a right-back if Joe Edwards is not going to be given a chance. We need to sign Danns and I would also look at a ball-playing midfielder. I'd like to see us sign hungry youngsters from the Premier League or even lower divisions.