Jones hoping for a big crowd

Last updated : 17 November 2006 By Michael Morris
There are fears though that the crowd could be significantly lower than last weeks 15,744 that saw City beat Burnley 1 - 0.

Like last Saturday City are competing with a Welsh rugby international in the Millennium Stadium. Tonight Wales play Canada with over 70,000 tickets sold.

Added to that City's game is live on Sky TV. Just how many will go to the pub to watch instead of making the trip to Ninian Park?

Speaking to the press on Thursday Dave Jones was concerned by the clkubs attendances.

"If you can't fill your stadium when you're top of the league then you have a problem full-stop," said Jones. "If we're a team who gets up to the next division and you can't fill your stadium when you're top, what are we all here for? We're wasting our time.

"The difficult part is that when I came here everybody told me it was a big club and big clubs have big crowds. All we can do is our best and that's what we're doing. But if we can't fill it on a Friday night, when we're top of the league and the points could put us further ahead then what else can I do? There's nothing else I can do.

"I don't know what the circumstances are with the rugby. I know because ours is live on Sky, if we'd wanted to play on Saturday they wouldn't have done it. We can't do anything about that.

"Regarding the rugby I don't know when it was arranged or whatever. But I think the city is big enough.

"You can't tell me we don't have 18,000 football supporters in the city because in the past, against Birmingham and West Brom we had that.

"You either support football or rugby and I suppose if you support both then it's down to the flip of a coin.

"There was near 16,000 last week. I don't think Burnley brought that many so that will always keep you down, but we should be getting at this moment in time 17,500 to 18,000 at Ninian Park every week if we stay where we are. I expect 17,000 to 18,000 there for QPR and I'm sure the players do as well."

It's not too late to get yourself to Ninian Park, kick off tonight at 7:45pm.