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McAllister relishing clash with old rivals

Jamie McAllister is looking forward to locking horns with a former rival as City welcome Plymouth Argyle to Ashton Gate in the Carabao Cup first round tonight (7.45pm).

Not only did McAllister feature in some feisty clashes in a City shirt when the Pilgrims were in the Championship, he also went toe to toe with the Green Army later in his career at Exeter City.

The assistant head coach is not taking last season’s League Two runners-up lightly, insisting City have done their homework on Argyle.

“I had a few good contests in the Devon derby,” McAllister reminisced, speaking to BCTV. “I remember we won 2-1 down at Plymouth with a Ryan Harley double. That made him a god down in Exeter!

“Plymouth will be a tough test. They got promoted last year and we’ve seen a lot of them because they had Arnold Garita on loan, so we know they’re a good side.

“They’ve got some creative players in (Graham) Carey and (Gregg) Wylde, and (Jake) Jervis up top can cause problems if we’re not on it.

“It will be a tough test for us, but the side that plays tonight will be more than capable of winning the game."

 

WHAT HE SAID

“Plymouth will be a tough test. They got promoted last year and we’ve seen a lot of them because they had Arnold Garita on loan, so we know they’re a good side."

Jamie McAllister

City reached the fourth round of the competition last season for the first time since 1988/89.

“If you get a cup run it breeds confidence and we’d love to go a step or two further this year,” McAllister added.

“I know the Plymouth management team well, with Derek Adams and Craig Brewster.

“They’ve assembled a good squad, but if we play the way we can and execute the game plan, I’m sure we’ve got enough to go and win the game.”

The match is pay on the night for home supporters. Tickets are priced £11 for adults and £6 for concessions.

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