Sports Mole previews the Championship match between Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers.
go into their clash with Bristol City only a point above the Championship Blackburn Rovers relegation zone.
The Robins were
beaten 3-0 by Rotherham United last Saturday, while Rovers were denied victory by a late Sheffield Wednesday equaliser. Bristol City © Getty Images
is adamant that Steve Cotterill defensive mistakes were the root cause of their defeat at the hands of Rotherham.
The Cider Army found themselves two down before half time, but Cotterill has insisted that the goals came against the run of play.
It certainly brought to an end a solid run of results, which included a
win against Wolverhampton Wanderers and holding Hull City to a 1-1 draw.
However, although City have kept three of five clean sheets in recent weeks, the manner of their last two defeats may concern the Robins manager, after also
losing 4-1 at home to Fulham and boasting one of the worst defensive records.
The West Country outfit also have one of the least potent attacks, but summer signing
has proved a hit for City with Jonathan Kodjia eight goals in the league so far.
Nevertheless, City will need Kodjia's strikepower and more over the coming weeks, with
matches against the likes of Derby County, Burnley and Reading. Recent form: DLWDDL Blackburn Rovers © Getty Images revealed that the mood in the Paul Lambert Rovers dressing room was low after they were denied victory against Wednesday by 's late equaliser. Lucas Joao
However, the former Aston Villa manager was quick to tell his players that they did not deserve to feel dejected, given the level of their performance.
Regardless of the result, Lambert's tenure at Ewood Park has
started strongly with a win away to local rivals Preston North End and the point against the Owls.
The Scot has said that he is looking to mount a
promotion challenge this season and he believes that the presence of will help that bid. Jordan Rhodes
Lambert has been quick to
agree a new contract with Northern Ireland international , while Corry Evans joined the club on loan from Aston Villa. Doneil Henry
has moved to League One outfit Rochdale on a John O'Sullivan short-term loan deal. Recent form: LWDDWD Team News © Getty Images
City are definitely without the services of midfielder
after his yellow card at Rotherham earned him a one-match suspension. Marlon Pack
With Kodjia seemingly a regular starter, Cotterill is likely to choose between
and Aaron Wilbraham alongside the Frenchman in attack. Kieran Agard
The Robins may also look to reshuffle their defence, with Leicester City loanee
possibly in line for a recall to the starting lineup. Liam Moore
Meanwhile, Lambert arguably faces a choice between
and Tom Lawrence , after the former was dropped against Wednesday. Chris Taylor and Nathan Delfouneso are also options for Rovers, if they opt for changes to their first XI. Danny Guthrie Bristol City possible starting lineup: Fielding; Bennett, Ayling, Flint, Moore; Williams, Smith, Pack, Freeman; Agard, Kodjia Blackburn Rovers possible starting lineup: Steele; Henley, Duffy, Hanley, Olson; Marshall, Evans, Akpan, Conway; Taylor, Rhodes Head To Head
The Robins have a decent overall record against Blackburn, having won 16 games and lost 13.
However, since City's last win over Rovers in August 1991, the Lancashire club have won all four encounters.
Blackburn also recorded a victory on their last visit to Ashton Gate, edging out the Reds 5-3, courtesy of goals from Rhodes,
, Ruben Rochina and Nuno Gomes . Scott Dann We say: Bristol City 1-2 Blackburn Rovers
Despite the manner of their defeat at Rotherham, City have proved a tougher nut to crack in recent weeks. That said, Blackburn's draw against an in-form Wednesday showed promise and they could sneak a win at Ashton Gate.
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