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No Nerves About League Debut - Lucic

Ivan Lucic wasn’t fazed at all as he made his Sky Bet Championship debut last night.

The 21-year-old Austrian was unflustered after replacing Frank Fielding in the 31st minute, the custodian having suffered a rib injury.

Lucic, who had only previously featured in the EFL Cup, made a number of smart saves and was only beaten by a deflected effort as City slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

“I’ve worked hard for four months in England for this chance,” Lucic said on Bristol City Player HD.

“I remember being sent to warm-up, but I didn’t feel any pressure when they said I would be coming on.

“I’ve played lots of games in my life and there were no nerves; it’s just a game of football like any other.

“I’m always calm. I like playing the ball with my feet; I played that way at Bayern Munich every single day!

“The defence was great for me. The winning goal was unlucky. I remember diving to my right thinking ‘I can catch this one’ but it deflected and found the net.”

If Fielding is sidelined for a period of time, it looks like being a straight decision between starting Lucic or Richard O’Donnell, who recently completed 90 minutes for the Under-23s.

Lucic added: “Hopefully Frankie isn’t too bad, but I will be ready if called upon.”

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