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O'Dowda Can't Wait For 'Massive' Derby

Callum O’Dowda is itching to take part in his first Severnside derby.

City travel to South Wales looking for a first win at the Cardiff City Stadium since the Bluebirds moved to their current home in 2009.

With over 2,000 City fans expected to travel across the border for tomorrow's Sky-televised clash (7.45pm), and Neil Warnock set to take charge of his first match as Cardiff manager, the stakes are high.

“I’m very much looking forward to it,” O’Dowda told Bristol City Player HD.

“I know about the local rivalry with Bristol Rovers, but it will be interesting to play in this derby – especially away from home.

“It’s massive. The Cardiff fans are going to be singing their hearts out, so if the City fans can keep doing what they have been doing, it’ll be great for us.

“Obviously Cardiff haven’t had the best of starts, but you’re probably going to see a reaction from them with a new manager coming in.

“We know his (Warnock’s) style of play, but is he going to come in and change it from the off? We’ll just have to be ready for whatever happens.”

The winger recently returned from international duty with Republic of Ireland. Having not featured in the 1-0 home victory over Georgia, O’Dowda came off the bench in Moldova to help his country achieve back-to-back wins.

“I’ve got a couple of caps but only in friendlies,” he added. “It was my first competitive appearance, so I was delighted with that, and it was a really good trip to get six points out of six.

“When the scoreline is 1-1, you’re thinking as one of the attacking players ‘this could be my chance to get on’.

“I got the shout from Roy Keane with half an hour to go. It was a similar mindset to when I come on in a game for Bristol City – try to impact the game and try to win the game. Thankfully that’s what we did.

“When you’re away with the team all you’re thinking about is qualifying for the World Cup. Looking at the success Ireland had at the Euros, everyone is hungry to be involved – especially me, because I only just missed out on a place in the final squad.”

A 2,000-strong away support is expected at the Cardiff City Stadium. It is all-ticket for away fans, with tickets remaining on sale until 12.30pm on the day of the game. Call 0117 963 0600 to buy yours today.

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