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Posted Tuesday, August 14th 2018

'Cup win can kick-start our season'

Matty Taylor says another Carabao Cup run will give City confidence, but they face a tough test at home to Plymouth Argyle first.

City went on to reach the semi-finals of the competition last season, for the first time since 1989, as they beat Watford, Stoke City, Crystal Palace and Manchester United en route to their two-legged showdown against Manchester City.

"We can take massive confidence from a cup run," Taylor told bcfc.co.uk.

"It started our season last year and kicked-us on to the levels we got to. If we can get a good start again this year, then it gives us a good bit of momentum going forward.

"We’re a confident bunch, off the back of a good pre-season and couple of first results so we’re looking to get that first win on the board and hopefully that can kick-start our season."

It's a repeat of last season's opening-round encounter, with Lee Johnson's squad comfortable 5-0 winners on the night.

But Taylor expects a different contest when the game kicks-off tonight (August 14th, 7.45pm) against Derek Adams' Pilgrims.

"It’s deja vu," Taylor said. "We’re really looking forward to what will be a tough test for us. We will approach it in the same manner as we do every game and we will try to win it.

"I’ve played against his (Adams) sides a few times before: they’re organised, they may sit back a little bit because maybe the result from last year will be fresh in their minds.

"We’re expecting a tough game and they’ll cause us problems going forward."

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