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Basics Are Needed - McAllister

Jamie McAllister says his side will benefit from playing teams like Weymouth rather than fellow Under-21 outfits.

The newly-appointed Bristol City Under-21 coach took charge of his first development group match last night and fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Terras.

The former left-back was pleased with certain aspects of his team’s display, but feels they need to keep things simpler in order to progress.

“I thought they were physical and it was a good test for the lads,” he told Bristol City Player HD.

“It’s better than playing against Under-21 teams in a ‘you have it, we have it’ scenario.

“We played some nice little bits at times but I think we took too many touches and wanted too much time on the ball.

“Collectively we got caught in possession a little too easily and the goal was disappointing.”

He continued: “We need to do the basics right and stamp them down in training.

“You’ve got to have the basics and that’s the foundations you have to build on. You do the basics right, you stay in the game.

"It’s a learning curve for the lads and they can take a lot from the match. 

"We spoke after the game about what we need to work on and the lads totally agreed so at least we’re all on the same page.”

City Under-21s head to Belfast for a pre-season training camp next week for four days.

NIFL Premiership side Glenavon will provide the opposition on Thursday, July 21st (7.30pm) at Mourneview Park in County Armagh.

The Northern Irish club won the Irish Cup last season and finished third in the league, earning them a place in the first round of the Europa League qualifying where they lost 8-1 on aggregate to Icelandic side Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur. 

McAllister’s young squad will head to Hungerford on Saturday, July 30th (3pm) before concluding their pre-season campaign against an Armed Forces FA team at Failand on Tuesday, August 2nd (2pm).