Bristol City fans turn on under-fire head coach Lee Johnson

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 23 February 2017, 10:24

Bristol City slumped to their 18th Championship defeat of the season on Wednesday night after sinking to a comprehensive 2-0 defeat at home to Fulham, leaving Lee Johnson’s future at Ashton Gate up in the air.

Only rock-bottom Rotherham have been on the losing side more times this term (24), as City's latest loss leaves the strugglinh club dangling dangerously above the drop zone (two points) in 21st with 14 matches remaining.

Statistics make for sorry reading for both Lee Johnson and Bristol City:

  • 1 = a solitary Championship victory in 13 dating back to early December.
  • 10 = is the number of defeats City have suffered during that rotten run.
  • 18 = league losses this season - only rock-bottom Rotherham have accumulated more (24).
  • 9 = number of points they have on the road - again, only Rotherham’s is worse (1).
  • 151 = days since City last recorded an away win in the league.

Frustrated fans belted “we want Johnson out” throughout the game as they watched their side suffer a 10th defeat in 13 matches.

Earlier in the month some City fans set up a petition to get Johnson sacked, but while this “Johnson Out” brigade is undoubtedly expanding, other supporters remain loyal to the young English boss, whose father is Cheltenham gaffer Gary Johnson.

Johnson himself insists he can turn things around, telling reports that he’s up to the task of saving The Robins from diving out of the division down into League One.

However, even the 35-year-old will be fearing the worst on Saturday when he takes his confidence-crushed and travel-shy troops to the home of league leaders Newcastle - providing he’s still in charge - a team that have accumulated 17 points from their last seven games…in contrast to Johnson’s men who have scraped only 18 points from their last 23 matches.

Back in August Johnson boldly stated that he sees Bristol City in the Europa League in five years, but the stark reality is that on Saturday he heads North desperately looking to avoid an 11th defeat in 14 matches.

Johnson will need no reminding that The Robins are without an away win in over 150 days, dating back to September, while they’ve registered only two points from a possible 33 on the road since that shock 4-0 victory at Fulham.

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