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Posted Tuesday, August 14th 2018

More club debuts poised for cup clash

Fans can expect to see new faces make their club debuts when City take on Plymouth Argyle tonight (7.45pm).

It's a repeat of last season's Carabao Cup first round tie, which City won 5-0 en route to their semi-final heroics.

Freddie Hinds, pictured in pre-season, scored on his debut in this fixture 12 months ago, while Lloyd Kelly was also granted his first City start. Tyreeq Bakinson was also handed a first-team runout against Crystal Palace in the fourth round.

And assistant head coach Jamie McAllister expects more changes this time around.

He said: "There will be changes as it gives us a chance to hand minutes to other players within the squad.

"We saw last year debuts to some of the lads coming through and they did well.

"It will will be a mixture of those who haven’t played many minutes and there may be a few debuts too!"

McAllister also reflected on the match against the Pilgrims last August, which saw a comfortable win for the home side. 

"We started off brilliantly, we were 4-0 up at half time," McAllister said.

"It would be nice to do that again but it will be a different game. We expect a strong team from them after they made a few changes last year. We’ll make some changes to our squad but whoever we put out I am sure will look to win the game.

"It [the cup run] showed last year how the feel goes around the place. It put us on the football map, raised our profile and it was brilliant, exciting for the city. The fans enjoyed it, it boosted confidence and created a real buzz."

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