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Friday, October 27th 2017
Joe Bryan understands why Sunderland may be struggling to adjust to Sky Bet Championship life.
Heading to the Stadium of Light tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm), City take on hosts who have only won once in the league all season.
Having gone through a similar experience when City won promotion into the Championship in 2015, the Bristolian recognises the difficulties the Black Cats are going through since their relegation from the Premier League in May.
“It takes time to adjust to any league; the speed and style is always different and there’s a bedding-in period,” Bryan told BCTV.
“They’ve got good players and will be dangerous.
“You can’t go into any game being complacent…we’ve just come off the back of a 3-0 defeat at home to Leeds in the league.
“Palace on Tuesday was the perfect game for us really after that Leeds defeat. We will be right at it and raring to go.”
Bryan’s goal in the 4-1 rout of Premier League Palace in the Carabao Cup was arguably the pick of the bunch.
Flashing a shot in off the underside of the crossbar with his left boot, Bryan all but sealed the Ashton Gate tie before Callum O’Dowda’s superb effort put the icing on the cake.
“I know it sounds strange but before I got the ball, I knew exactly what I was going to do,” he added.
“I just had that feeling that I was going to score – I was that confident. It was a shot by the way, not a cross!”
Next up is a first trip to the Stadium of Light for City since 1999.
“It’s a new stadium for a lot of us,” said the club’s Academy product.
“We’ll have a decent amount of fans up there and there’s the charity bike ride going on as well, which is fantastic. We’re looking forward to it.”
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