Robins leg­end’s sto­ries of­fer a glimpse of what it takes to build a win­ning team

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IT was fan­tas­tic to have Brian Tin­nion on the Robins On The Wire pod­cast this week. We have been lucky to have some amaz­ing guests on the pod­cast and the sto­ries Brian came out with had the Post’s City writer Gre­gor MacGre­gor and I in stitches.

You must lis­ten to find out which ex-Eng­land star drove over Brian’s par­ents’ front lawn and ru­ined it! He also talked about that Swansea City de­feat which led him to leave as Bris­tol City man­ager.

When­ever we sit down with those at the club it re­ally gives an insight into the com­plex­i­ties of mak­ing ev­ery­thing run smoothly.

Brian over­sees the young play­ers at Bris­tol City, in­clud­ing who goes out on loan to var­i­ous foot­ball league and non-league clubs.

He spoke with en­thu­si­asm about the ta­lent out on loan and if you fol­low him on Twit­ter he of­ten tweets about young play­ers’ per­for- mances, this week high­light­ing Cal­lum Pring who is on loan at New­port County.

It may seem a lit­tle gloomy around Ash­ton Gate on these short win­ter days with the team not quite fir­ing on all cylin­ders, but this in­ter­view gave such a great insight into these young play­ers and the pos­i­tiv­ity sur­round­ing them.

Bris­tol City are, so far, hav­ing a dis­tinc­tively av­er­age sea­son and a lot of that is be­ing put down to the strike­force.

Goals at home are a big con­cern. In­deed, only once have Bris­tol City scored more than one goal this sea­son at home.

The team and squad need the sup­port­ers stick with them but they also need to en­ter­tain the fans.

Lee John­son has spo­ken about the stats and how Bris­tol City were right up there for hav­ing the most shots on tar­get, and how they are miss­ing that spark to find that end prod­uct.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how Mo Eisa does. I re­call see­ing him against Bournemouth in a pre-sea­son friendly over sum­mer. I jok­ingly tweeted he did more in five min­utes than Lois Diony had done in five months.

Eisa, pic­tured be­low, looked re­ally ex­cit­ing but has since had in­jury prob­lems. Per­haps the coach­ing staff will be tempted to give him a chance sooner rather than later with the other strik­ers strug­gling to find form.

It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber though that he will need time, hav­ing jumped up six leagues in the space of just a year-and-a-half.

Fa­mara Died­hiou has looked bet­ter in the last cou­ple of games, but un­for­tu­nately An­dreas Wie­mann just can­not find the golden touch that he had at the start of the sea­son.

Satur­day’s op­po­nents Birm­ing­ham pose a big test. Garry Monk has done a bril­liant job es­pe­cially given the Fi­nan­cial Fair Play re­straints he has had to deal with.

How­ever, the last four vis­its to St An­drew’s have ended in de­feat. Go­ing fur­ther back the Robins have not won there since 1993! That is eight vis­its without a win, and now is the per­fect time if Bris­tol City want to stand any very slim chance of mak­ing the play-offs.

Birm­ing­ham re­main the only un­beaten home side in the league, say­ing that, they have drawn six of those matches. On a more pos­i­tive note, it is worth re­mem­ber­ing that only three sides in the whole of the Cham­pi­onship have won more away games than Bris­tol City.

That may come as a some­thing of a sur­prise, given the po­si­tion of the Robins, but it will per­haps be a good thing for Lee John­son and his coach­ing staff to re­in­force to the play­ers ahead of a tough task on Satur­day.

Just to add, I hope you can join us at our spe­cial Robins On The Wire Christ­mas Quiz next Thurs­day at the Ris­ing Sun. It would be great to chat and get your thoughts on the sea­son while rais­ing money for Chil­dren’s Hospice South West. You can put your knowl­edge to the test and raise money for a great cause!

Pic­ture: Paul Knight/JMP

Bris­tol City’s Brian Tin­nion

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