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Posted Wednesday, January 10th 2018

Home support in second leg will be crucial - Reid

Bobby Reid has called on the fans to be the 12th man when Bristol City host Manchester City in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

The City Academy graduate says the Ashton Gate faithful will be "crucial" as the Robins seek to turn around their 2-1 deficit, with a Wembley final against either Chelsea or Arsenal at stake.

Reid scored from the penalty spot after he was fouled by John Stones late in the first half. While Lee Johnson's side enjoyed a half-time lead, the home side equalised through Kevin De Bruyne, before substitute Sergio Aguero gave the Citizens the advantage in second-half stoppage time.

Striker Reid said: "It is disappointing that they have scored in the last minute but we can take credit from our performance. There's another leg, another 90 minutes and hopefully we can turn it around.

Reid put the Robins ahead from 12 yards inside the Etihad Stadium

GOOD ENOUGH TO BEAT THEM

"We are disappointed to have lost 2-1 against Manchester City and that shows how far we have come and how far we can go. We keep having that belief in hard work and desire to go and play against the best teams in the world and who knows what can happen?

"The fans were brilliant. We could hear them from the first minute to the last, even when they (Manchester City) scored the winner we could still hear them. It was emotional but we know that having them behind us in the next leg will be crucial.

"We just need to play our normal game at home, as we have all season, not treat it like they are superstars; we will show them respect but at the same time we know we are good enough to beat them."

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