Bristol City: Derek McInnes confident Wolves can be beaten
Derek McInnes believes that Bristol City can win a home game for the first time in three months when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ashton Gate tomorrow.
The Robins have not won in front of their own fans in six attempts since beating Cardiff 4-2 at the end of August and the manager admits his team must gain a lot more points at home if they are to move away from the Championship relegation zone between now and the end of the season.
However, McInnes feels his rejuvenated side now has the confidence and belief to defeat a Wolves side that have failed to win any of their last nine games and dropped from third to 18th place.
He said: "I feel we have overcome a bit of a barrier, but, for that to continue, we need to maintain the level of performance we have shown over the last three games.
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"I feel we are going in the right direction again. I believe we are good enough and the players will expect to win the game on Saturday.
"Wolves will be eager to put things right, but they are certainly coming here not in the best of form.
"Every team in the Championship can cause you problems, though, and I feel it is all about how we perform.
"We are only interested in ourselves and, if we can do a lot of the things we have done in the last three games, we will give ourselves a chance to win the game.
"I've no doubts we have every chance on Saturday and I expect a level of performance that can win us the game.
"There have been a lot of positives from the last three games and I cannot wait to play Wolves. I want the home supporters to see what the away supporters saw at Middlesbrough.
"It is important to produce a certain level of performance in front of your own fans to build confidence."
McInnes will ignore pressure from supporters to return to playing with two strikers and again go with the 4-5-1 system that served his players so well at Middlesbrough last weekend.
He said: "That has given us a degree of control and organisation in the last three games and has stopped us from making our own problems.
"That has been the biggest thing that has undone us this season and we need to limit mistakes and prevent the opposition from enjoying the game too much.
"I know we are supposed to have more of the ball at home, but you have to recognise that you are up against good teams in the Championship.
"We actually had more possession than Brighton the other night, so you do not have to have more of the ball to win a game. We have to work hard to get the ball back and, once we have it, make sure we are positive and purposeful to make use of it.
"The onus is on us to get on the front foot, bring the crowd into it and ask questions of the opposition."
Following City's improved form in games against Blackpool, Middlesbrough and Brighton, McInnes is likely to keep changes to a minimum.
Ryan Taylor is pressing for a recall and could replace Steven Davies up front, while Matthew Bates is likely to continue his defensive partnership with Liam Fontaine after Louis Carey suffered a calf strain in training.
Nottingham Forest's former Swindon striker Simon Cox will be out for around two months with the ankle injury he suffered against Wolves.
Cox was carried off and scans have revealed ligament damage in his left foot.
"If he's back in two months we'll be delighted," said Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll. "It doesn't need surgery, but he will have to be non-weight bearing for two weeks. Then they will X-ray it again to see if it's healing."