Bristol City – six points on offer

Yes, it's another six pointer. At this rate we'll be in the play-offs by Easter.

Charlton entertain Bristol City on Saturday with a great deal more confidence than when the two teams clashed at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day.  For that game we had an interim coach up against a permanent and experienced manager in Steve Cotterill.  However, Cotterill was sacked after a home defeat by Preston a fortnight later and City now have an interim manager - former assistant John Pemberton - while we have an experienced practitioner - Jose Riga - in the dugout. Charlton were awful on Boxing Day yet somehow escaped with a point thanks to a Marlon Pack missed penalty and Harry Lennon's injury time goal.

Since that dispiriting game City have hardly set the world alight. Six league games have produced four defeats, one draw and one win. Two goals scored and eight conceded.  That one victory was a memorable one however with a 95th minute effort from Wes Burns enough to beat table topping Middlesbrough on the day when rudderless Charlton were losing 0-6 at Hull. To strengthen their attack City have signed Lee Tomlin on loan from Bournemouth but he wasn't able to score or create a goal on his debut against Birmingham last week.

Charlton meanwhile have made an extraordinary discovery. If you appoint a coach with a modicum of tactical awareness and an ability to inspire respect and provide motivation, and you then let him get on with his job, you might win a few football matches. Riga pointedly observed in an interview this week that he hoped the club would now make fewer mistakes with transfers and that he only wanted players who were really keen to battle for the club. Sanogo and Fanni have come in. Watt and Vaz Te have departed.

So we can surely head to The Valley on Saturday expecting to see a revitalised and organised team with real competition for places at last. We also might catch a glimpse of former favourite Scott Wagstaff who has been on the Bristol bench in recent weeks and who came on for a twenty minute cameo against Boro. You might not recognise him, however, behind a beard which, while not in the Ben Hamer class, is nevertheless highly impressive and unexpected.

Prediction? Igor back among the goals.