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Bryan relishing 'test against the best'

Joe Bryan is relishing Wednesday's Carabao Cup encounter with Manchester United.

The fixture will come off the back of four-consecutive victories for Lee Johnson's side but is considered their biggest test of the season.

However, Bryan says the squad aren't fazed by the stature of their next opponents - a club steeped in top honours and European success - ahead of the sold-out knockout showdown at Ashton gate on Wednesday night (8pm kick-off).

City are currently third in the Sky Bet Championship and have already defeated Premier League opposition as part of their cup run.

Speaking about the secret to their success this year, Bryan told BCTV it is down to "hard work, coming to training every day and dedicating yourselves to improving."

He continued: "It's the Championship...its Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday. They come naturally to us now. We have a very professional group now and we take our recovery very seriously and we will make sure we are ready for Wednesday.

"It's another game. It's exciting to test ourselves against some of the best players in the country, if not the world, so it's one we are looking forward to."



The City Academy graduate grabbed the second goal in the 2-1 home win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Marlon Pack had put City ahead, with Kieran Dowell pulling one back for Forest not long into the second half.

Describing his goal, Bryan said: "The ball has dropped to Pato (Jamie Paterson) on the edge of the box, it's a nice little setup. I can't remember if I took a touch but I just thought I'm going to kick it and the keeper's gone one way and I've kicked it the other. It's a nice goal.

"As soon as I hit it I thought the ball was going straight at him but he's been wrong-footed and luckily the ball's gone into the corner.

"We're not worried about anyone else, we're just picking up as many points as possible. There are so many games coming up, that points here and there are very valuable. We'll look back at them in May and think they were very important.

"We went 2-0 up at half time so that was comfortable and in the second half, whether we defended well or let them have too much of the ball, I don't know. It's one of those horrible cliches but a win is a win, especially at home.