A three-point run from a possible 12 away against teams currently settled in the bottom five of the Championship – including teams currently in the relegation zone – is a disappointing statistic in that regard.
City travel to Reading today and there will be plans to do something about it against a struggling Royals side who have been winless in seven home games since mid-October.
Head coach Carlos Corberan, whose side are eight games unbeaten in all competitions, said: “There is motivation. But we still have the motivation against any type of opponent.
“Sometimes there are expectations about certain outcomes and that’s totally negative and wrong. Our goal is to get the highest level of focus out of ourselves to get the best performance we can achieve.
“The more we demand of ourselves, the more likely we are to be a competitive team.”
City face a well-beaten Royals side in midweek against Luton, with the Berkshire outfit also bearing psychological scars from a painful loss of stoppage time at Middlesbrough last weekend and a maiming at home 7 -0 at the hands of rampant Fulham recently.
Reading were well placed for a shock result seven days ago, only for Boro to score two goals late.
So far this season, Reading have scored 33 second-half league goals – the highest number in the division.
Corberan, whose own side disappointed in the second 45 minutes of last weekend’s game with Swansea, added: “Keeping the level of intensity is important because you can’t put it all in 45 minutes.
“I read a coach and he said the first 90 minutes of a game are the most important and I agree.
“No more overtime afterwards!” We want the right mentality every minute.