Throughout the majority of 2021, Bristol City could not get over the line as far as wins at Ashton Gate were concerned, leaving them reliant on their away form.
The tables have turned since the end of October, with Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough their seventh success in 10 matches since October 31.
In the long term, Nigel Pearson is still battling to keep his job in the dugout, but collecting 13 points from their most recent nine fixtures has kept things ticking over.
Matt Crooks’s last-minute goal prevented Bristol City from recording their first clean sheet in 12 matches, although Pearson will take the positives from the recent improvements in that area of the pitch.
Still, even if the Robins do possess the fifth-best attacking record in the division, they are still only three goals short of having the worst defensive record.
After the defeat at Cardiff City, Coventry manager Mark Robins acknowledged that his Coventry side were only outsiders to secure a playoff spot at the end of the season.
However, Saturday’s late win over Barnsley was Coventry’s fourth win in eight matches, a good enough return to leave some of their rivals looking over the shoulders.
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Needing a last-gasp goal to overcome the bottom side in the division was not ideal, but Robins will only care about the gap to the top six standing at three points.
Coventry also have a relatively favourable triple-header coming up, although they meet Bristol City having won just four of their 15 away fixtures this campaign