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Let's Leave the Gate On A High - Bryan

Joe Bryan believes City’s crunch clash with Rotherham United is doubly important given the team’s upcoming run of away games.


Lee Johnson’s side host the club propping up the Sky Bet Championship ahead of four straight fixtures on the road.

With City winless in their last nine league outings, the significance of three points against the Millers is not lost on the Bristolian.

“It’s massive,” Bryan told Bristol City Player HD. “With the run we’re on and where we are in the league, it’s pretty self-explanatory how big a game it is.

“It’s at home against a team who are around us. You don’t want to leave Ashton Gate for a month and send the crowd home with a loss.”

As a local boy who played and scored in a Bristol derby, few are better placed to pass judgement on Matty Taylor’s deadline day move across the city than Bryan.

“It’s a big move for him. Hopefully it pays off – I don’t want to say too much more on that!

“I’d never met him, but I introduced myself this morning and he seems like a good lad. His goals speak for themselves.

“Some players score goals in League Two and you wonder if they can do it in League One, then they score goals in League One and you wonder if they can do it in the Championship.

“Look at what Andre Gray has done – he’s a similar player who has worked his way up through the leagues, which is nice to see.”

Taylor was joined at Ashton Gate in the last hour of the January window by experienced Championship campaigner David Cotterill, whose career began in BS3 back in 2004.

“I never watched him when he was here the first time – I think I was about 12,” Bryan joked.

“But I’ve played against him a couple of times and we’ve had a good battle, so it’ll be nice to play with him.

“For such a young squad, we do need players who have been there and done it at this level. For him to come in and provide that Championship nous is very useful.”

Secure your seat for the Rotherham game by calling 0117 963 0600 or book online here. Season card holders are reminded they can bring up to two friends for £10 each, but must purchase their tickets by 5pm today (Friday).