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Baker Relishing Formation Change

Nathan Baker is happy to be playing in a more familiar defensive back four.

The Aston Villa loanee has spent most of his time at City on the left of a back three, but has reverted to the position of centre-back in the last six matches.

First team coach John Pemberton made the switch to four at the back following Steve Cotterill’s departure and Baker believes it has been beneficial.

“When Pembo came in, he went back to basics, which is what it needed,” he told Bristol City Player HD.

"Going to a back four has certainly improved us and has given a license for the midfielders and strikers to do what they do and express themselves.

“Personally, the back four is perfect for me. I know my position more and know what to do so I can help others around me by talking on the pitch.”

Since the change of formation, City have won three league matches and kept three clean sheets.

Baker and Aden Flint have been at the heart of the defence, and the former is enjoying the combination.

“Our partnership is growing and growing,” Baker added.

"We bounce off each other because we’re similar types of players but one’s left and one’s right (footed) - and he scores a few more goals than me!

“We’ve kept a few clean sheets so hopefully we can keep progressing.”

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