Bristol City have deservedly taken nationwide plaudits this season for their performances, however they may have to adapt if they are to hold on to a top six finish.
The Robins have enjoyed a fantastic season and the victory over Manchester United combined with running Manchester City close in the Carabao Cup saw them receive praise from many observers, including Pep Guardiola who admired the way they play.
Whilst that has given the club additional exposure and it’s nice to see the players and management are getting recognised for their good work, they are now beginning to suffer in the league.
Lee Johnson’s men have collected just four points from the previous six Championship games and they are only three points ahead of seventh place, despite challenging for the top two in late December.
It could just be coincidence as Johnson’s men have had a tough run however the manner of the defeat against Bolton Wanderers last week was alarming.
Bristol City were second best for large parts against a struggling side that had just sold their key player on deadline day.
Teams may be becoming wary of how the Robins play and Bolton had a game plan that worked with ease. They sat deep, with City unable to create many clear chances and broke with speed, which resulted in the match-winning goal.
There’s no doubt that teams in general will adapt and change their approach when they play better sides and Bristol City might be falling victim of that now.
Therefore, it’s up to Johnson to come up with a plan B to ensure the Robins find a way through in these tougher games.
If they are up against a crowded defence and it’s hard to play through teams, then he will have to work on ways to get goals, be it through a more direct style or different formations.
Either way, with just the Championship to focus on now this is a crucial stage of the season for Bristol City who may be required to show various different qualities to secure a top six finish.
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