Thanks to Paul Binning from The Exiled Robin for taking part.

We last met in September when Leeds were 2-1 winners, has much changed for Bristol City since then?

Pretty much everything! Well OK, maybe a bit of an exaggeration but that Leeds defeat was actually one of the better performances in a dismal start to the season. Keith Millen was sacked after a particularly dispirited collapse at Blackpool where we lost 5-0 and eventually Derek McInnes was brought in with us six points adrift from safety.

An instant upturn in form has settled into a more steady improvement and we now sit six points the other side of the drop line, and looking as comfortable as a team can whilst still in the bottom section.

The whole club has a different atmosphere around it, transformed by McInnes’ appointment and positivity and we are a very different proposition at home now than we were. Having not won until November, we now have four wins from the last six in BS3 and look pretty solid.

Your top scorer, Nicky Maynard left for West Ham in the transfer window. Do you think this will have much of an impact on the rest of your season?

Yes, but largely in a positive way. Unfortunately things had turned sour for Maynard as his protracted contract situation showed no signs of resolving and, eventually, he was placed on the transfer list which led to a series of apparently less than committed performances. Booed when he came on by the travelling support at Reading last week, he had to go to end the circus around him.

We squeezed a transfer fee out of West Ham at the eleventh hour but at £1.65m it’s a disappointment to many considering £6m was offered in August. Now, it’s not as black and white as that but ultimately it was a good thing for everyone involved that he went. We can move on and progress without him and McInnes doesn’t have to answer the same question every week in pre- and post-match interviews.

How has Neil Kilkenny been getting on at Ashton Gate since he left Leeds in the summer?

Very up and down, as many at Elland Road told us he would be. He started quietly but saying that Millen played a direct style of football so it largely passed a short, passmaster in the centre of the pitch. Much of the game seemed to pass him by. McInnes came in and instantly made him the fulcrum and he put in a series of majestic performances, truly inspiring and helped us to win four out of five.

Since then he’s often sat too deep, and this contrast was shown up in our last home match against Doncaster where for 45 minutes he looked like he could play at the highest level, probing, moving the ball quickly, taking the whole team up the pitch. A 2-0 lead by half-time meant he retreated in the second half and, sitting too deep, he tended to slow the play down, gave their midfield time and space to play and the tide of the game turned.

In summary, I think he could be a brilliant and vital cog but needs a midfield built around him to get the best out of him.

Where are you expecting to finish this season?

Considering where we were in October then anything 21st or above is a bonus, but realistically now it would be a touch disappointing to not be nestled in mid-table come May.

If you could sign any current Leeds player, who would it be?

Robert Snodgrass is the obvious answer I suppose but his ambitions are considerably higher than Bristol! Ross McCormack scores regularly against us so at least if we had him on our side that should be harder!

Finally, what’s your prediction for the game?

Before you sacked Grayson this week I was confident of a home win but manager changes can do funny things for people and I’m concerned the players might want to impress. I’ll go for a 1-1 draw now.

  • Matthew

    Personally I think we’l get a win or a loss from this game, we won’t draw.

    That’s if the game goes ahead anyway.

    By the way what’s wrong with your website TSS? I’ve been getting 403 Forbidden for days now, wondering if I’ve annoyed you, or if you’re experiencing technical problems.

    Noticed you have a new URL now.

    • TSS

      Hosting problems mate. We’re currently switching servers. URL will resolve itself in coming hours/days.

      • Matthew

        Looks like I was right, we’re Leeds United and we’l get your guys sent off and win the game!

        Wonder who will get sent off for Brighton next week? :)

  • number1inyorkshire

    1stly why is LEEDS not talking to the bbc again ????
    played the team i would have played looking back i have picked that team in that formation before on posts . except or smith ,who i would haev put in there on his arrival
    with all due respect to football managers it Aint rocket science players come in as right backs ,left backs ,strikers etc .Play them in their positions its easy .
    Managers want to over complicate it all play that every week barring injuries we will go up

    • Matthew

      Speaking of team selection, we were pretty poor against Bristol in the first half until pretty much when they had a player sent off. I would like to see Redfearn experiment some more if we are to get results against better teams, we can’t always rely on the other team going down to 10 men.

      I’m looking forward to Brighton, as far as form goes, we’re tied on games won, drew, lost. Should be a good game.