BRISTOL CITY'S season isn't quite at the crisis point it was when Town last visited Ashton Gate.
But after two League I losses on the trot, Gary Johnson's West Country side are just as much in need of a win as they were in December 2005.
Fourteen months ago, City had lost nine in a row in all competitions and were bottom of the table before beating Town 2-0 through Scott Murray and Dave Cotterill.
That sparked a revival, and much improved form over the second half of the season brought a final placing of ninth.
Former Yeovil chief Johnson has built on those foundations this time around.
And up until nine days ago, things were looking good.
City were second in the table, through to the Southern final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy (they have a two-legged derby with Bristol Rovers coming up) and had just fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round.
That set up a replay at the Riverside next Tuesday, and Johnson will be keen to go into that game having bounced back from 1-0 league defeats at home to Cheltenham and away to leaders Scunthorpe.
The 51-year-old said of the Scunthorpe defeat: "It was a frustrating evening. When we got near the final third we didn't show enough cleverness or guile to break them down.
"We had to go longer because of the pitch, although both teams were mis-kicking it on the sandy surface.
"But the most frustrating thing is that we didn't create enough chances."
Johnson, a former Watford player who cut his coaching teeth as right-hand man to John Beck at Cambridge in the Nineties then had a spell in charge of the Latvian national team, hopes to have 14-goal top scorer Phil Jevons back against Town.
He has been out with an ankle injury, but came through a Reserve friendly this week.
Jevons' fellow forward Steve Brooker has been struggling with a virus, but Johnson has the powerful Nigeria striker Enoch Showunmi, a Londoner signed from Luton last summer, in decent form.
Johnson is also hopeful that goakeeper Adriano Basso will be fit to play after damaging ribs at Scunthorpe.
A scan revealed there was no fracture to the Brazilian.
Bristol City (from): Basso, Orr, McCombe (Jamie), Carey, McAllister, Murray, Johnson, Skuse, Wilson (Brian), Showunmi, Jevons, Betsy, Brooker, Russell, Andrews, Noble, Keogh, Weale.
Town (from): Glennon, Holdsworth, Taylor, Mirfin, Sinclair, McCombe (John), Skarz, Schofield, Taylor-Fletcher, Young, Collins, Ahmed, Beckett, Booth, McAliskey, Hardy, Eastwood, Hand.
Referee: Paul Armstrong (Berkshire).