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James Crawley

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Posted Monday, August 13th 2018

In brief: Plymouth Argyle home (CC R1)

Catch the key messages from Jamie McAllister and Matty Taylor, as they preview our Carabao Cup first round match v Plymouth Argyle.

City's assistant head coach answered questions from the media along with striker Taylor.

Here's what they had to say:

Jamie McAllister

  • McAllister said City should have won on Saturday v Bolton Wanderers but the squad showed character to equalise from 2-0 down.
  • He said there remains a few niggles in the camp - Wright remains out, while Taylor Moore and Jens Hegeler have returned to the training pitch
  • He expects a tough test against Plymouth, but the squad wants to build momentum and confidence off the back of a potential cup run once again
  • On Jay Dasilva, McAllister said the loaned-in left-back is still building his match fitness but both Dasilva and Lloyd Kelly will push for the left-back spot this season
  • He echoed Dean Holden's post-Bolton comments that Kelly has the attributes to one day reach the Premier League
  • The assistant head coach said City have an eye on the loan market
Matty Taylor in action v Bolton

Matty Taylor

  • Taylor says he is excited by the return of the Carabao Cup
  • He hopes to see City go on a similar run to last season but the squad will focus on just one game at a time
  • Taylor believes Plymouth will be up for the match after the comfortable 5-0 win for City last time
  • He said Plymouth have to be respected but that City must focus on their own game
  • He said he is "feeling good, fit and strong" after a 2017/18 campaign riddled by injury.
  • He acknowledged competition for places in attack but that it makes him work harder and puts the squad in good stead

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