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Posted Tuesday, August 13th 2019

‘Chance to build on momentum’ - McAllister

Jamie McAllister hopes City can build on Saturday’s impressive performance when they travel to face QPR in tonight’s Carabao Cup first round tie (August 13th, 7.45pm KO).

The Robins head to the capital to take on their Championship rivals – a side they host at Ashton Gate in the Sky Bet Championship just four days later.

And McAllister is hoping City can kick on following their 1-1 draw at Birmingham City at the weekend, as they look to hand an opportunity to further members of the squad.

“It’s nice to get a point on the board and kickstart our season. It was a tough game at Birmingham and it was great to see the four lads make their debuts and a great start for them,” the assistant head coach said.

There were starts for Ádám Nagy, Benik Afobe, Pedro Pereira and Tommy Rowe, who scored the vital equaliser to get City a well-earned point.

McAllister said: “It was a real good team performance and we’ve only worked with some of them for a few days, they’ve settled well. It was great to see Tommy Rowe get the equaliser, he put in a great performance and it was nice to come away with a point. We could have nicked the three points but it was a good point on the road and we’ve got to build on that now.”

Tuesday night’s cup tie at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium could also be an opportunity for changes, with freshness and rotation vital.

“It will be interesting to see, some of the lads who have not had minutes are itching to get going and QPR will make changes I’m sure and then comes a big challenge in the league on Saturday,” McAllister said.

“They have started well having won one and drawn one but we’re looking forward to the cup game. That’s takes precedent and we want to win that game.

“We want to win every game and build on the performance we put on Saturday against Birmingham. There will be a few changes but it’s a game we want to go and win against a QPR side who have a lot of new signings, a new style of play under [Mark] Warburton; he’s got them playing some nice football, they’ve started well so it will be a tough game but one we think we can go and get something out of.”

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