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Bristol City face a battle, admits Steve Lansdown

Steve Lansdown
Steve Lansdown has been instrumental in the club's push for a new stadium

Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown says the club is now in a relegation battle following a season that has gone "from the sublime to the ridiculous".

The Robins have slipped to 15th in the table, five points above the relegation zone, after taking just 12 points from a possible 42 since Christmas.

Lansdown told BBC Radio Bristol: "It is a difficult time for us.

"We have three very tough away games - three relegation battles with teams that are trying to catch us."

A brief rally against West Brom a fortnight ago was followed by a 5-2 home drubbing by Doncaster Rovers on Saturday that left many City fans voicing their displeasure.

Millionaire financier Lansdown continued: "We're not playing as well this season as we have in the previous one. But I don't want to put out a list of excuses.

"We are a 'nearly' team at the moment. We have got to put it right in the summer and move on from that."

City face fourth-from-bottom Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.

And with trip to fellow strugglers Reading and Plymouth to come, Lansdown admitted that it was a critical time.

"You have to take every result as it comes and look where you are afterwards," he added.

"We are under no illusions now that we have a fight on our hands and we have to battle for our survival.

"That's when we'll see what we're really made of. We'll have to make a judgement after we come off the pitch whether we put the commitment in and whether we need to do anything else."



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