Jones 'Unfair to ask about pressure'
By Michael Morris
Updated Sunday, 2nd January 2011
Speaking after yesterday's 3 - 0 defeat at Bristol City Dave Jones told one reporter it was unfair that he asked if Jones was under pressure.
Jones seems to be overlooking that we are in free fall after just 2 wins in the last 10 games and in a worse run of form in the last 6 games than Preston, Burnley and Crystal Palace who have all sacked their managers in the last few days.
"We're only halfway through the season - it seems if you're doing well you get put under pressure," Jones said.
"We have been working hard, we've ran from a small squad from the start of the season and got ourselves into a good position going into the transfer market.
"But now you are trying to make something of a team that have done pretty well but lose a few games or have a blip and try and put pressure on people.
"Pressure was on from day one, win lose or draw, so if you're looking for something then you're out of order.
"We're in a position where we thought we would be at the start of the season and where we would have liked to have been, but we've started the new year with a loss and I'm asked a question like that. I think it's unfair. Are you looking for headlines?
"We are a football club trying to build and do things and all you are doing is looking for headlines. We know the only way we can drive forward is by winning football matches. We've dropped to fifth, three points off second, so if that' under pressure you're looking at the wrong end of the table.
And on the defending that saw City gift goals to Bristol City.
"That's unforgivable," Jones said. "You expect players to learn from their mistakes, yet we were guilty of committing the same one twice within the space of 20 or 30 minutes.
"It's not lack of confidence. We are just making some terrible decisions at the back and we have to do something about it quickly.
"The players have taken us to where we are and I want to stand by them, but we cannot allow things to continue as they are and need to work very hard on the training ground.
"I will take action in the January transfer window if I think it is necessary, but at the moment my only focus is on the next game."
Bristol City boss Keith Millen was overjoyed to see his side stop the recent run of poor form against Cardiff.
"We have had some bad results against Cardiff in recent seasons and I have been involved as much as anybody so it was great to turn things around.
"I'm particularly pleased for our fans because they have had to take some stick from their Cardiff counterparts. Today we really showed what we are about and it was a really convincing victory.
"We may have played as well when winning at Swansea this season but it was certainly our best display at home and I was delighted with every one of the players.
"We can now go to Queens Park Rangers on Monday full of confidence and, while we must guard against attacking too much in that game, I really feel we can take something from it.
"Someone's just told me we are now only six points off a play-off place. That's how crazy the Championship is this season."