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James Crawley

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Posted Thursday, September 27th 2018

In brief: Pre-Aston Villa

Assistant head coach Jamie McAllister and striker Andreas Weimann look ahead to the home clash with Aston Villa

Below is a summary of what the pair had to say to the media ahead of the Friday night Sky Bet Championship fixture.

Jamie McAllister

  • He said the City players were “desperate for the game” and they had “trained excellently this week”
  • The assistant head coach said that when City lost “two on the spin”, against Middlesbrough and Plymouth Argyle, they then won the next four games “so we know it is in us to do that.”
  • McAllister said Tomas Kalas had been up to the Failand that morning and watched training. He called him a “warrior” as he recovers from a double jaw fracture after a three-hour operation which also saw surgeons remove a wisdom tooth.
  • He cited Nathan Baker, Jens Hegeler, Lloyd Kelly and Bailey Wright, who has returned to training, as centre-back options.
  • Aston Villa arrive with ex City players Tammy Abraham, Jonathan Kodjia, Albert Adomah, Yannick Bolasie and he was sure “the fans will give a good welcome to them.”
  • McAllister said it was another big game but players and coaches thrived on pressure because we “set high standards that we want to maintain”
Weimann has scored five goals this season

Andreas Weimann

  • He described the positive mood in the camp, despite back-to-back defeats, adding the team is still confident
  • Weimann said training has not changed despite recent results, the team has continued to practice and work hard behind the scenes in the same way as they have all season, without needing to panic or mix things up
  • Weimann anticipates a different atmosphere on Friday with the match played under the lights to a near sold-out Ashton Gate
  • Aston Villa will always have a place in his heart as he developed through their Academy, before moving on to Derby County and subsequently Bristol City
  • Weimann is encouraged to be finding himself in goalscoring positions and creating chances, saying he would be worried if he wasn't involved in City's opportunities
  • He had previously scored five goals in as many games, something he said he could not have dreamt.