Prior to the season, most people felt that you would do well in this league but it doesn't appear to have quite gone to plan. Is it as bad as it seems?
MA: No, we have played good football but lacked the killer instinct up front and not really coped with the opposition strikers. You can see that our deficiencies can be put right and we still have a predominantly young and hungry squad. They were outstanding last season but are inexperienced in the Championship. We really needed a few experienced acquisitions over the summer to lift the team up a notch or two. For some reason these did not materialise. Our most exciting recruit, Jonathan Kodjia, came from the French second tier side Angers.
Steve Cotterill....tell us about him. He's well known around Nottingham having managed our lot and even that lot across the Trent. Obviously, he's got a lot of credit in the bank after last season. Is he on the receiving end of any finger pointing yet?
MA: The second half of our last home game against MK Dons was as poor as we have seen this season but even then at the end the team applauded the crowd and they responded. I have heard comments about Cotterill being out of his depth in this league but I think that is a standard reaction. I think the majority of fans, me included, expect Cotterill to be able to assess his options and make effective moves.
You've just signed Simon Cox on loan. He'll probably impress you early by casually banging in some worldies like this and this but then cause you to weep uncontrollably at the incalculable number of times he is caught offside. Who else should we look out for?
MA: Previous manager Gary Johnson used to say every player comes with an unbelievable DVD. If Cox is liable to be offside, this could influence opposition defences and play to the strengths of Kodjia, who is quick and has clever close control. Despite landing in a new foreign environment, Kodjia is fourth leading goal scorer in the league and already a fans favourite.
You've got brand new fancy pants away end. How has that changed the atmosphere down there?
DM: A major effect of all the redevelopment work at Ashton Gate has been the consequent movement of fans, notably the ‘singing section’ but there has been no loss of atmosphere. They have moved en bloc - last season to the Williams stand and this season to the Carling Atyeo stand, which also accommodates the away fans. There is a much improved sound system, which is noticeable leading up to kick-off.
Give us a reason you will win:
MA: Elliott Bennett has also been brought in on loan from Norwich City. Both loanees have had the best part of a week to be slotted into our style of play. Alternatively we may adapt to integrate Cox and Bennett. Whichever, I think Forest will be faced with the unknown. City will be fired up after ten games and the international break to turn our season around.
Give us a reason you will lose:
MA: This is hard to contemplate but it depends whether current form continues - Forest’s away form is good with two wins and two draws from five games, whereas we have yet to win at home.
Mike is a supporter since 1976 and membership secretary of Bristol City's Supporters Club & Trust. He also writes a regular 'memories' article in the matchday programme.