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James Crawley

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Posted Friday, April 13th 2018

An exciting period for everyone - McAllister

Jamie McAllister says City must show "the belief and the quality" if they are to be within a shout of securing a play-off place.

City are currently in a fantastic position: eighth in the Sky Bet Championship and three points away from sixth-placed Millwall, with a trip to Middlesbrough to come on Saturday (April 14th, 3pm kick-off).

A win at the Riverside would see City leapfrog Tony Pulis' side and keep the pressure on Derby County and Millwall who are fighting to stay fifth and sixth in the standings, respectively.

It's certainly set to be a nail-biting final four games, with City looking to build on their 3-1 victory over Birmingham City on Tuesday night.

Assistant head coach McAllister told BCTV: "It’s exciting for everyone associated with the football club: the fans, the staff and the players! It’s where you want to be and we have put ourselves in with a good shout of competing with the top six.

"There are five or six teams competing for two places as I said. Everyone has tough run-ins…it’s so tight and it will come down to who has the belief and the quality to go and win their next four games."

WHAT HE SAID:

"It’s exciting for everyone associated with the football club: the fans, the staff and the players! It’s where you want to be and we have put ourselves in a good shout of competing with the top six."

Assistant head coach Jamie McAllister

While City have never lost a league game against Middlesbrough at the Riverside, they were beaten 5-4 on penalties (2-2 after extra time) in an FA Cup replay in January 2007. McAllister played that day and earned the 'Player of the Round' award for his efforts over the two fixtures.

Reflecting on that, McAllister added: "The Riverside is a great place to play.

"We lost on penalties and I came off injured in the first half of the replay, but it's a great arena.

"We have a great record up there and it’s a good place for the lads to go and express themselves, so it’s an occasion we are looking forward to."

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