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Posted Thursday, September 26th 2019

O’Dowda glad to focus on his football

Having put pen to paper on a new contract this month, Callum O’Dowda is pleased to be able to fully concentrate on his dream with Bristol City.

The Republic of Ireland international played his part from kick-off against Swansea City last weekend, helping the Robins stretch their unbeaten run in the 0-0 draw.

“It was really good to be back in the starting XI,” O’Dowda said. “I thought it was a really tough game [against Swansea], maybe an equal result in the end but we’re both in good form, both are top teams as I see it.”

He continued: “It’s nice to have the contract signed and sorted so I can fully focus on my football. You could say it was on the back of my mind, going into the new season. I really wanted to get it sorted because obviously it didn’t get sorted last season but I’m really happy now. I can focus on the season ahead and getting promotion.”

As the season enters October, early form has been a big talking point and City’s points tally away from home has been in the spotlight particularly, as Lee Johnson and his men prepare to face Preston North End at Deepdale this Saturday (September 28th, 3pm KO).

With 30 points on the road this calendar year, City have secured the most points of any club in England’s top four divisions (Premier League – League Two), a statistic they share only with Manchester City.

“Our form at the moment is massive for us,” O’Dowda said. “We know we’re up there with the best form in the league at the moment and I think that helps going into games home and away, whoever the opponent is. We need to keep on top of that and build on it. It is massive for the team, going into the games knowing you are doing well and the spirits are high.

“The away form is a funny one really because I don’t notice anything differently myself but I love playing at Ashton Gate, that is home for me so I don’t know, but maybe there’s something weird [away from home], I don’t know!”

And reflecting on the upcoming match in Preston, the City winger added: “We drew 1-1 at Deepdale last time we went there, I remember Antoine coming on making a big impact. It will be tough, they’re a tough team to play against and definitely playing at Preston but as I said we go into the game in top form so hopefully we can get the three points.”

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