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James Crawley


Posted Monday, April 8th 2019

‘Now is the time to be brave and bold’ – McAllister

The management’s confidence in the players can stand the squad in good stead with seven games of the season remaining, starting with the visit of West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night (April 9th, 7.45pm KO).

City are unbeaten in their last four games, which included taking maximum points off high-flying Middlesbrough and Sheffield United.

They are under the lights for the Tuesday night showdown with promotion-chasing West Brom and head into the Sky Bet Championship fixture in good form.

“We had two difficult away games and a tough home game (v Wigan Athletic) but seven points from the last three is a huge return at this point in the season,” Assistant Head Coach Jamie McAllister said.

“It’s a massive positive and if we can get more of that over the next couple of weeks that would be great. Fair play to the lads, they were three tough fixtures and we came out with a strong points tally.”

He continued: “There’s a real belief, confidence in this squad. The gaffer has told the lads to be brave, bold and to have a go. To have that confidence from the manager, to express yourself and play on the front foot with intensity, gives you massive confidence. The boys do believe, they trust each other and there’s confidence in the group which is great at this stage in the season.”

City are pushing for another season of progress as they look to finish higher up the Championship table than the 2017/18 campaign.

“This is a great position, it’s exciting and we have some great games coming up”, McAllister said. “It starts on Tuesday night against a West Brom side who are in great form. Okay, they lost on Saturday to Millwall but they have quality in their ranks, experience so it’s another tough game for us.

“We’re in a good place, confidence is high and belief is there. Thhe fans were outstanding on Saturday so we want to put another performance in a get the three points if we can tomorrow.”

He added: “The strength in depth has showed over the season and we learnt a lot and improved from last year. It’s in our hands with seven games left, it’s up to us as to what we do. We have to believe in what we do, trust each other, we'll give it a go, be brave, bold and do what it takes to win the next game.”

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