SCOTT Parker identifies Bristol City’s home form as “shaky” but insists it’s: “Another Championship game that you just don’t know.”

The Robins have steadied a sinking ship with the arrival of manager Nigel Pearson to sit ninth, after the sackings of Lee Johnson and then his number two Dean Holden, who took over, the next year.

Like many, City are a club with infrastructure and ambitions beyond the Championship – but not much better than dire home form has been their downfall for a few years.

Parker adds that his unbeaten Cherries side “have been working tirelessly” throughout the break, and that they will be ready for any contest.

He said: “There is a big challenge there because of their home form, it has been a little bit shaky.

“A good side. You’ve seen that on the road, you’ve seen that in some of their home performances as well. They’ve got some good players.

“Another Championship game that you just don’t know and can cause you problems. I also suspect we can go there and cause them some problems, if we bring our game.

“We’ve worked tirelessly in this international break. I think we got a balance of working hard and also recharging and freshening things up a little bit.

“Hopefully we can start off where we left off before the international break and that’s keep on that tracking of winning games and gaining points.”