Tins: Stop leaking goals
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bristol City manager Brian Tinnion says his side must stop conceding poor goals.Bristol City manager Brian Tinnion says his side must stop conceding poor goals if they are to mount a promotion challenge this term.
The League One club have recorded just one victory in their opening five league matches this season, despite being widely tipped as one of the favourites for promotion.
Their woeful defensive display in their 4-2 Carling Cup exit at home to League Two new boys Barnet proved particularly alarming to Tinnion, who is seeking a vast improvement in performance from his backline.
The Robins host Colchester United in a noon kick-off at Ashton Gate on Saturday - live on Sky Sports 1 - and Tinnion believes his side can claim a promotion place in the division this term.
"We've given away too many sloppy goals and given ourselves a mountain to climb at times," Tinnion told Sky Sports News.
"Once we stop doing that, we have got the potential to really hurt teams, especially going forward.
"Once we get a bit tougher and a bit mentally stronger at the back to stop conceding them goals, then we will surely get some very good results.
"People have made us favourites and we have got to try and justify that.
"We said at the start of this season that we want to get out of this division, we want to get promoted and the top two is our aim and that aim certainly hasn't changed.
"I've been here 13 years now and I know exactly what it's all about.
"I know the expectations, I know what the fans want and it's up to me and the players to deliver it and Saturday will be a good start for us."
Tinnion knows his side face a tough task in claiming their second win of the season against Phil Parkinson's U's.
"They're a good side and he's a good manager and, given time, I'm sure they'll get on a good run and be a difficult side to beat because they normally are," he added.
"It's early days, there's five games gone and there's a long way to go yet."
City, meanwhile, have opened talks with Cameroon international striker Guy Madjo after impressing Tinnion on trial.
The African goalscorer scored numerous goals with non-league side Petersfield Town last season.
One player that has left Ashton Gate is former Burnley midfielder Tony Grant after the West Country outfit ended his weekly contract after making just one appearance.