I'm not panicking about our situation, says Bristol City boss Derek McInnes
BRISTOL City boss Derek McInnes insists he and his players are not about to panic, despite being one place off the foot of the npower Championship.
Only Ipswich stand between the Robins and the basement after a sequence of five straight defeats.
But McInnes remains convinced he can turn things around and is demanding his players keep the faith ahead of tonight's match against Birmingham City at St Andrews.
"I'm certainly not panicking," said McInnes, who is coming under growing pressure after taking just two points from eight games.
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"There is no panic here and I have every faith and confidence in this group of boys. While they are giving me what they are giving me every day on the training pitch, I have every faith they will prove their worth."
Bottom of the table when McInnes arrived 13 months ago, City embarked upon a six-match unbeaten run in November to haul themselves off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone.
McInnes claimed: "I firmly believe we are capable of doing that again.
"Things were in a bit of a mess when we came in and it took a hell of a good run just to get our heads above water again.
"We know it can be done and, so long as injuries are a bit kinder to us, I've every confidence we can go on the kind of run we have produced in the past. We have recruited well and I firmly believe we can get more from this group of players than we are at the moment.
"Our performance level has been decent for a majority of the games and, by more, I mean in terms of results."
Although City lost 1-0 at Huddersfield on Saturday, McInnes believes his players ought to feel encouraged going into a second away game in four days.
He said: "In isolation, it was a more than decent performance and, from first minute to last, we were very aggressive, very competitive and very organised.
"As we were the away team, we expected to come under a lot of pressure at some point and that never really happened.
"We cannot pretend it was the result we wanted, but we should take encouragement from the performance against a team that is in seventh.
"I firmly believe there was more good than bad and we can take the positives into Tuesday night and, hopefully, come out with a different result. It is important we go into the next game against Charlton (on Sunday) in a good frame of mind."
Striker Steven Davies has yet to recover from the hamstring strain that forced him to miss the last game.
Centre-backs Louis Carey and James Wilson are back in training, but will not be considered yet, while midfielder Jody Morris is a doubt.
Striker Ryan Taylor has recovered from an ankle problem and is pushing for a place in the starting line-up after making a brief appearance as a substitute at the weekend.