Three games into his reign at Bristol City and Liam Manning will feel that he has to be content with a start of four points during that period.
A goalless draw away at Queens Park Rangers before the international break was a satisfactory start before a thrilling 3-2 victory was recorded against Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate.
That success gave the Robins confidence ahead of a trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton, the form team in the division, but Bristol City succumbed to a 1-0 reverse on the South coast.
Despite the natural disappointment, Manning will feel that his team is trending in the right direction,
even though there is a necessity to get wins on the board to remain in touching distance of the top six.
As it stands, Bristol City are 12th – five points adrift of Hull City – and a third home triumph in a row would go some way to at least breaking into the top 10.
From Norwich’s perspective, David Wagner continues to battle to keep his position as head coach, despite their recent upturn in performances in the short term.
Victories over Cardiff City and QPR were posted either side of the international break before the Canaries let slip a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Watford on Tuesday.
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Wagner would have felt deflated after the loss at Vicarage Road,
more so from a team aspect after it appeared that they were well on course to register three consecutive wins for the first time since August.