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Posted Tuesday, March 13th 2018

In brief: Pre-Ipswich Town home press conference

Jamie McAllister met the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship encounter with Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate.

City's assistant head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with Bosnian striker Milan Djuric.

Here's what they had to say:

JAMIE McALLISTER

- City gave several players a run out in behind-closed-doors game with Cheltenham Town today.

- Djuric bagged a brace, with Niclas Eliasson and Loïs Diony also scoring. Gary O'Neil, Jens Hegeler, Liam Walsh all involved.

- McAllister says Djuric could have a big role to play towards the end of the campaign and believes Diony is beginning to settle.

- Medical team continue to monitor Nathan Baker's groin injury on a day to day basis.

- McAllister insists there's still "a great opportunity" with nine games left and five of them at home.

- Assistant head coach says: "This group have incredible all season and we want to finish on a high."

- McAllister praises Lloyd Kelly for his display at Burton and adds: "He has all the tools to be a top player."

- Coach says City "have to win the battle early on" against Ipswich on Saturday.

- McAllister looking forward to seeing Cole Skuse again.

MILAN DJURIC

- Djuric “just glad to be back” after so long out.

- Striker has played twice for the Under-23s now and  says he’s about 70% fit.

- Djuric says the groin pain was a big problem but says it’s gone now.

- The Bosnian says he’s never had an injury in his career before now but adds: “I know my body a lot more now.”

- Djuric says he’s grateful to the fans who have been very supportive of him during his recovery.

- He adds: “Bristol is a great place to live. I have my family here. I’d love to stay here for my whole career.”

- Djuric continues: “I want us to finish the season strongly and secure a play-off place. We deserve it.”

- Djuric desperate to earn Bosnia recall one day soon.

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