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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Friday, January 4th 2019

McAllister relishing Premier League test

Bristol City are in high spirits as they go into this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie with Huddersfield Town.

Eight games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship, City head into the clash against David Wagner’s Terriers for the first time since March 2017 – an encounter the Robins won 4-0.

Huddersfield, without a win in their last eight matches, play their football in England’s top division, having won promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2016/17 season.

But it’s a test Assistant Head Coach Jamie McAllister is looking forward to, especially after their experience in cup football last season.

He said: “We’ve been doing well in the league but the FA Cup is a special competition. Everyone looks forward to it every year. We were given a great draw against Huddersfield Town at home so it’s a great opportunity to test ourselves against a Premier League team.

“There’s a big buzz, a real excitement about the FA Cup from the fans and the players and you can see that from how the lads have trained. They’re on a high after the Stoke game. It’s exciting, I love the FA Cup and its different feel.

“There’s real confidence in the squad, we’re unbeaten in the last eight games and this is the next game we want to go and win. I think the lads are getting their rewards for the hard work they have put in on the training pitch and it’s great to see the results. Now we go again against Huddersfield and try and progress in the cup.

“We had a good record in the Carabao Cup, beating Premier League teams last year and Huddersfield are another Premier League team although struggling at the moment.

“They’re looking for a result to get their season started. We need to make sure we do everything right as we have in the league: do the basics well, be hard to beat, be organised and put them under pressure.”

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