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Posted Thursday, February 15th 2018

In brief: Pre-Leeds United away press conference

Jamie McAllister met the media ahead of Sunday's televised Sky Bet Championship encounter at Leeds United.

The assistant head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with midfielder Josh Brownhill.

Here's what they had to say:

JAMIE McALLISTER

- McAllister describes forthcoming clashes with Leeds, Fulham and Cardiff as a “key part” in the season but not “defining”.

- Nathan Baker serves the final game of his three-match ban, with the assistant head coach saying “he’s a big player for us...important for us, but we do have strength in depth”.

- McAllister reflects on “dip in form” but insists “things can change quickly...we’re still very positive”.

- City coach describes Leeds as “a top six side”.

- With Paul Heckingbottom taking charge of his first home game, McAllister says the opening 20 minutes will be crucial.

- City staff and players held a meeting on Monday to go over the Sunderland game, says McAllister.

- Gary O’Neil is pencilled in for another Under-23 game after completing 65 minutes in midweek.

- Callum O’Dowda and Jens Hegeler have been continuing their rehabilitation at St George’s Park. Approximately 3-4 weeks away.

- Eros Pisano is back in training after his hamstring injury.

- Matty Taylor progressing well after hernia surgery, set to return in 2-3 weeks.

- Milan Djuric is set to return to England this weekend before working with the club's fitness team ahead of a return to training.

JOSH BROWNHILL

- Brownhill says 3-3 draw with Sunderland “felt like a defeat”.

- Midfielder says he will always give 100% in whichever position he plays, after slotting in at right-back.

- Brownhill says he’s “aware of the current run” but not too concerned, adding: “Two of the defeats were against Man City.”

- Manchester-born midfielder says Paul Heckingbottom, the new Leeds boss who he previously played under, is a “great manager”.

- Brownhill believes the atmosphere will be buoyed by the fact it’s Heckingbottom’s first home game in charge.

- “We’re desperate to put things right and get back to winning ways,” adds Brownhill.

- “We don’t want to remember the home game too much against Leeds; hopefully we can go there and inflict our game on to them,” he continues.

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