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Posted Friday, September 13th 2019

‘City ready to get going again’ - McAllister

The international break has treated City well but no sooner had it arrived, attentions were quickly on the next game away to Stoke.

The last two weeks have been about recovery and match fitness for those not involved on the international stage, to make sure the squad are prepared for the return of the Sky Bet Championship.

City Assistant Head Coach said Jamie McAllister said: “The lads have had a couple of days off and a few boys have been away on international duty, have done well and got some minutes. The lads have rested up some little niggles as well so it’s good to get the boys back and we’re excited for the game against Stoke.”

There may have been little time off for those at the club but it has been crucial to keeping the players sharp, as McAllister explained, with some first-team members involved in an Under-23s 1-0 win over at Ashton Gate.

“We were in Thursday, Friday and Saturday with some of the lads that needed a top-up as well just to get them up to speed with a few injuries coming back just topping up minutes,” he said. “The Under-23s game [was for] the lads who we think need minutes to make sure the squad has got every option available come Saturday and the gaffer has got a bigger variety of player to choose from come Saturday.

“Everyone is firing, everyone is ready to go and they were back in today. They look fresh and eager to play on Saturday.”

City welcomed in 2019 with a 2-0 win the last time they travelled to the bet365 Stadium, the Robins’ first away win on New Year’s Day for 116 years.

“Yes it was a good day,” McAllister recalled. “It is always nice to get three points on the board but even sweeter when it is away from home. Obviously, it is nice to win at home but to win away from home in the Championship is brilliant and Stoke is a tough place to go. They have a good squad, it will be tough this Saturday.”

The hosts are rock bottom of the Championship after a slow start to the 2019/20 season but City know they can’t take league standings for granted.

McAllister continued: “I know they are in a difficult period but Nathan Jones is a fighter as a manager and I’m sure he will be getting his players to be ready for Saturday.

“They will fight for every ball, we have to match that and hopefully on the day we get a bit of luck, their quality shines through and we get the goals needed to win the game.”

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