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James Crawley

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Posted Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

Chance to be heroes - Paterson

Jamie Paterson says it will go down in "folklore" should City knock Premier League giants Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup.

Pep Guardiola's City travel to Ashton Gate with a slender 2-1 lead for the semi-final second leg.

But Paterson says he and his teammates are fully focused on the task at hand and will play without pressure or expectation.

The attacking midfielder also says his fellow City stars will use Guardiola's plaudits from the first tie as a confidence-booster ahead of tonight's decisive showdown in BS3.

PEP'S PRAISE

Marlon Pack was one of those name-dropped by Guardiola two weeks ago, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss also praising Lee Johnson's City side as a whole for their display at the Etihad.

Paterson told BCTV: "He (Pack) keeps mentioning it but Marlon had a good game at the Etihad - as he has all season! It's good for us as a club, as a team that arguably the best manager in the world was naming our players, so it's good. 

"If he mentions you and says good things about you then you want to go and prove yourself again. Everyone will be watching and you just want to get Bristol City into the final of the Carabao Cup and we'll all be heroes if we can do that.

PROUD OF THIS CLUB

"I'm proud to play with this set of lads. we all work for each other and its a joy to be in and around the place. The fans are positive and it's good to be involved.

"It's not over yet. If we can get into the final and get promoted - that's the aim - we will feel more like heroes if we get promoted.

"Everyone wants to win. If we get to the final we want to win it but there's no pressure on us. We have done unbelievably well to get where we are.

"We go into the game 100 per cent to try and get that result and who knows?"

Bristol City are competing in their first League Cup semi-final since 1989.

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