Bristol City boss Gary Johnson remains adamant that his stuttering side can mount a promotion challenge.
The Robins, play-off finalists last season on their return to the Championship, have struggled to rediscover that level of consistency this time around having won only one of their last nine matches.
"We are not out of it by any means. There are a lot of teams bunched together and the Championship is proving as competitive as ever," said Johnson. "Only Wolves, Birmingham and Reading have achieved any level of consistency and that is why they are where they are in the table."
He added: "But then there are another 14 or 15 teams who can still afford to think of the play-offs. It is all there to play for and we can still be very near the top six come Christmas.
"You have to hang on in there, keep believing you are good enough and try to compete. Although it doesn`t look like it at the moment, I think the club is improving and we are heading in the right direction."
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