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No Lennon Reunion For Matthews

Bristol City's Adam Matthews admits it is with a tinge of sadness that he will miss out on a reunion with former boss Neil Lennon at Ashton Gate.

Lennon previously managed Celtic, where he signed Matthews as a teenager back in 2011, before departing his post at Bolton Wanderers this week.

The City right-back has fond memories of playing under the Northern Irishman having won six major trophies in his time at Parkhead, but still expects Bolton to be tricky opponents in BS3 tomorrow (3pm) – even in Lennon’s absence.

“Obviously it’s been tough for him in the circumstances at Bolton, but I had a great time with him up at Celtic and he’s a great manager,” Matthews told Bristol City Player HD.

“I’m sure he’ll get another job again quickly and I’m sure we’ll cross paths again soon.

“Obviously with a new manager everyone is going to want to show what they can do and hopefully get in the team, so I’m sure they’ll be up for it.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game because you don’t get an easy game in the Championship – whoever you play.

“But if we play like we did in the second half against Fulham, I think we can get the job done and get the three points.

Matthews is preparing to make his home debut against the Trotters, with his first two City appearances coming away from Ashton Gate at Wolves and Fulham respectively.

The Wolves game was his first taste of competitive football in seven months, but stood him in good stead for the dramatic late victory in West London four days later.

“I’m very excited,” he added. “Obviously when you sign for a team you’re looking forward to playing in front of their home fans.

“They showed against Fulham what sort of fans they are. They were brilliant, and I’m sure they’ll be even better at Ashton Gate.

“In the two games we’ve played well. Obviously against Wolves we were disappointed, but against Fulham – especially in the second half – we showed what we could do and that’s how we’ve got to play for the rest of the season.

“My lungs felt a bit heavy in the first game but in the second one I felt better and I feel like I’m getting fitter every day in training.

“Hopefully in the next couple of games I’ll get up to full match fitness and show everybody what I can do.”

Matthews has more reason to cheer after news of his recall to the Wales squad for their forthcoming friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine.