By Tony Leighton
It's deja vu for Bristol City after sliding into the npower Championship's relegation zone, a slide that also happened to the Robins in the early part of last season.
Despite six successive defeats, however, they are still a point better off than they were after playing the same number of games, 15, in a 2011/12 campaign that started disastrously but ended in the safety of a 20th-place finish.
And the revival act can be repeated this term, says midfielder Marvin Elliott as he looks to kick-start a run of positive results by collecting a much-needed victory over Charlton Athletic at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon.
The Robins flew out of the drop zone at this time last year with an excellent six-match unbeaten run and Elliott told football-league.co.uk: "In the Championship, any team is capable of putting a good run together and so we definitely don't feel as if we're in a 'don't know where the next win's coming from' situation.
"We beat Crystal Palace and Cardiff in our first few games so we had a decent start to the season, but we've had a wobbly spell and we've just got to get out of it.
"There's no big panic, though. We're working on things every day on the training ground, the gaffer [Derek McInnes] is keeping us fully focused and we're confident that things are going to turn for us - starting with a win on Sunday."
Confident the Robins may be, but they will be entertaining a Charlton side whose spirits will be sky high after ending their four-match winless run by turning a two-goal deficit into a 5-4 victory in an epic encounter with Cardiff City on Tuesday.
The result lifted the Addicks five points clear of the drop zone and knocked the Bluebirds off the top of the table. "That sounded like a typical Championship game," said Elliott. "It's hard to predict the result of any game in this division.
"Charlton have got some decent players and they can obviously score goals, so it's going to be another tough match for us - but I really believe that we can beat them, and if we do that it can start us moving in the right direction.
"We got ourselves out of trouble last year with a combination of quality play and hard work, and we can do it again. We've played well in spells during this bad run of results we've had, so now we have to turn those good spells into good 90-minute performances - and if we do that we'll soon start climbing the table."
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