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Friday's Press Talk

Posted: Fri 14 Dec 2012
Author: Connor Dicks
A round-up of media stories

A round-up of media stories

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Latest round-up of news from the media.

Bristol City defender Greg Cunningham could be in line to make a surprise comeback in Saturday's npower Championship clash against Derby County. City's outstanding performer during the first two months of the campaign, the Irish left-back has not featured since damaging ankle ligaments at Peterborough in September.

No player was more relieved at Bristol City's return to 4-4-2 at Sheffield Wednesday last week than Sam Baldock. Signed from West Ham United for a £1m fee in August, the striker arrived at Ashton Gate expecting to spearhead the attack alongside either Jon Stead, Ryan Taylor or Steven Davies.

Steven Davies insists he will not celebrate if he scores against Derby County at Ashton Gate on Saturday. Bristol City's eight-goal top-scorer has recovered from the injury that ruled him out of last weekend's 3-2 win at Sheffield Wednesday and is available for selection.

There are some striking similarities between the job Nigel Clough has done at Derby County and the one Derek McInnes is doing at Bristol City. Charged with the task of cutting a Premier League-inflated wage bill when first he arrived at Pride Park four seasons ago, Clough has moved on all of the high earners from that period, gradually replacing them with a mixture of cheaper signings and young academy products.

Derek McInnes is challenging his Bristol City players to discover a level of consistency over the hectic Christmas and New Year period. City must negotiate five npower Championship games in 17 days, starting with tomorrow's home clash against Derby County at Ashton Gate.

Conor Sammon believes Bristol City will provide dangerous opposition for Derby County – despite the Robins' poor home form. Derek McInnes' men won their first two Championship matches of the season at Ashton Gate, scoring four against both Crystal Palace and Cardiff City, who are now riding high in the table.

Striker Steven Davies is fit to face his former club Derby County tomorrow. Davies, who joined Bristol City in August, sat out last weekend's Championship victory over Sheffield Wednesday with a knee injury.

Bristol City winger Albert Adomah has been included in Ghana's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, but Jordan Ayew misses out.

Crystal Palace assistant boss Keith Millen says that his reign at Bristol City hasn't made him lose interest in managing a team again in the future. And the 46-year-old tells Friday's Croydon Advertiser that he now feels better equipped as a leader on the touchline and recalls his time as a youngster growing up in and around the area close to Selhurst Park.

Bristol City defender Richard Foster believes the club are now on their way up, after recovering from the season's low-point against Charlton.The 2-0 loss on November 11 was a club record seventh-successive defeat for the Robins. Away wins against Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday have followed, along with a 1-1 draw with Blackpool, prompting Foster to think the worst is over.

Versatile full back Joe Edwards is open to a January return to Yeovil Town as the end of his loan edges ever closer. The Bristol City man has been at Huish Park since September but will play the penultimate game of his spell at Walsall on Saturday.