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Posted Tuesday, March 12th 2019

McAllister outlines key for success

City must focus on “doing what they do well” and keep positive when they host Ipswich Town under the Tuesday night lights (March 12th, 7.45pm KO).

That’s the message from Assistant Head Coach Jamie McAllister who has been working with the squad on bouncing back from Saturday’s defeat against Leeds United.

Paul Lambert’s struggling Tractor Boys are up next for the Robins at Ashton Gate, just three days after the 1-0 slip against the Whites.

The quick turnaround in fixtures presents the chance to get disappointment out of the system quickly, and with a lot to play for with 11 games remaining, confidence remains high.

“We’re one point from the play-offs, 11 games to play and it’s in our hands,” McAllister said. “It’s a great position, we have to be positive and have a go at Ipswich who are in a difficult position and make sure we come out of it with three points.

“We know they can cause problems, they are fighting for their lives so it’s not an easy game. We just have to get back to doing what we do well, make sure eight or nine of our players are back on the top of their game to put on the performance to get the three points.”

For McAllister, the former left-back wants the players to embrace the position they find themselves in.

It’s another game in BS3, another chance to improve home form and show they have what it takes to push on before an 18-day break between fixtures.

“We always focus on the next game and that’s at home against Ipswich. We need to get our own home form where it should be and it’s important to get the win tomorrow. After that we have a break, followed by ten games in 35 days but I would have bitten your hand off at the start of the season to be in this position. The lads have to relish it, enjoy it and bring out their best.”

And could history repeat itself? City were beaten by Marcelo Bielsa’s side before turning their fortunes around in a 3-2 win at Portman Road back in November which sparked a 13-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship. 

“Why can’t we go on a run again?” McAllister said. “It starts tomorrow by doing what we do best: win the individual battles, play our game, impose ourselves on the opposition and come out winning the­­­ majority of battles which nine times out of ten will help get you the result.

“The fans will be important as they have all season and we really need them behind us tomorrow. Against Leeds was a full-house but whoever turns out tomorrow, we want them to get behind the lads again. They are so important, it’s a massive boost, a confidence boost for the lads when they’re behind them and I am sure they will be.”

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