JOIN THE BIG DEBATE: Will Bristol City stay up or go down this season?
Asked by an errant TV interviewer if he felt his team could extricate itself from the npower Championship relegation zone anytime soon, Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll delivered a sharp riposte.
"I've never looked at league tables since I became a manager, because it is pointless," opined the straight-talking Midlander, who added: "We are where we are and we will be where we will be."
O'Driscoll, of course, is focussed solely on improving team performance, confirmed in the view that everything else stems from that.
If performance improves, results will take care of themselves and, in turn, the Robins will retain their second tier status for another season.
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While O'Driscoll and his players must necessarily adopt a tunnel-vision approach, City supporters are perfectly entitled to look at the bigger picture and speculate on how many points will be required to achieve safety.
Taking the previous 10 seasons into account, an average of 47 to 48 points can usually be considered a sufficient amount to stay up, although Leicester were unfortunate enough to go down with 52 in 2008/09.
Given the recent form of the bottom five, who looked to be adrift and involved in a mini-league of their own not so long ago, 52 points may turn out to be the very least that is required to avoid the drop this time around.
The task of identifying three teams to finish below the Robins proved a relatively straightforward matter last season, financial considerations, in large part, condemning Portsmouth, Coventry and Doncaster to League One.
But this season is shaping up rather differently and the sharp upturn in fortunes experienced by Peterborough, Bristol City, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town have thrown the whole issue of relegation back into the proverbial melting pot.
The likes of Birmingham, Bolton, Huddersfield and Wolves are now in danger of being dragged into the battle at the wrong end of the table and, perusing the current league table, it seems reasonable to suggest any one of the bottom nine clubs could fall through the trapdoor.
City have 31 points and, all things being equal, are likely to require a further 17 from 15 games to give themselves a reasonable chance of escaping the bottom three.
Beyond that, a total of 52 points really ought to be enough to see O'Driscoll's men safe. Put another way, if City win seven of their remaining games (just under half), then they should survive.
Although such a target represents a tall order, it is by no means impossible. City have home games against Barnsley, Brighton, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham and Huddersfield to come and could hardly have timed their return to winning ways at Ashton Gate any better.
If away games against Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Hull offer little likelihood of success, trips to Blackpool, Wolves, Derby, Burnley and Charlton, on the final day, will hardly fill City's players with dread given their form since O'Driscoll arrived.
Of course, nothing is guaranteed in the notoriously unpredictable Championship, a league in which it is entirely feasible for the bottom side to beat the top one.
This makes the game of predictions a hazardous one to say the least and the Championship has justifiably earned a reputation for being a graveyard for mug punters.
But that is no reason for City fans not to speculate on where the points might come from between now and the end of the season.
For what it is worth, this is how I see things panning out.
Cardiff away – lose
Palace away – lose
Barnsley home – win
Blackpool away – draw
Brighton home – draw
Middlesbrough home – win
Wolves away – draw
Derby away – lose
Sheffield Wednesday home – win
Burnley away – draw
Bolton home – draw
Birmingham home – draw
Hull City away – lose
Huddersfield home – win
Charlton away – draw
Such a scenario would see City garner a further 19 points and finish with a total of 50 from 46 games.
What do you, the fans, think? Do you believe 50 points will be enough or do you think City may do even better and survive comfortably?
Should the Robins escape, then which teams will go down instead and with how many points?
We want your views and predictions.