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Lifestyle Management Is Important - Cotterill

Steve Cotterill says the management of the players’ lifestyles away from the training ground is just as important as the work they do on it right now.

City’s players have spent plenty of time on their team bus in recent weeks, and are currently in the middle of a run of five away games in six.

Next up is a trip to Crawley Town on Saturday (3pm kick-off), with the team heading off to West Sussex in preparation today.

“I talk to the lads about their downtime a lot,” said boss Cotterill on Bristol City Player. “When you’re on a high after a win, it takes a while to get to sleep.

“We seem to be either playing games or sat on a bus all the time at the moment. It can mess with your sleep patterns so it’s important [the players] manage that right.

“At this stage of the season it’s probably as important as what we do on the training pitches because a lot of that is actually engrained in them now.

“All the lads seem fine. We're travelling today so we'll get up there and do our work ahead of the game.”

Earlier in the season City were 1-0 victors over the Red Devils with Luke Ayling breaking the deadlock late on.

“Lewis Price was outstanding in goal on that occasion for Crawley,” added Cotterill.

“Although it looked like a close game, we were the ones pushing all game.

“They’ve chopped and changed their formations and they’ve had the managerial change. They played a back three against us last time, and I don’t know if they’ll do that again.”

Cotterill has also reported a fully-fit squad for the trip.

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