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‘Our talents are shining through’ – McAllister

Jamie McAllister has been encouraged by watching City flex their muscles and play with confidence, ahead of Wednesday’s match with Stoke City.

They head into the midweek Sky Bet Championship match off the back of consecutive victories over Hull City and Middlesbrough respectively, as they look to build form and end the season as high as possible.

A place in the play-offs also remains mathematically on the cards but it remains a next-game mentality for the Robins.

And next up are Michael O’Neill’s Potters who are flirting with the relegation zone, similar to City’s last two opponents.

Assistant Head Coach McAllister said: “They got a good result on Sunday against Birmingham (2-0 win). I watched that game, they’ll be on the up after a good win and performance and they’re fighting for their lives.

“Ultimately, it’s up to us to concentrate and focus on our performance and hopefully the result will take care of itself.

“After a win the confidence builds and as a player, nothing beats confidence. It’s really nice [for us] to get two wins on the board and we look forward to Stoke which will be a difficult game.”

City’s confidence shone at the Riverside on Saturday where they brushed Middlesbrough aside thanks to a Nahki Wells Brace and Jamie Paterson’s second goal in as many games.

Andreas Weimann provided all three well-worked goals, with the trio earning all the plaudits in various Team of the Weekend shortlists.

“It’s just important to focus on the next game which is a cliché but after two wins we just focus on the next game, on our performance and what we do well,” McAllister said. “We have to take that to Stoke, we’re full of confidence, the lads’ performance against Middlesbrough was brilliant, a great performance. We defended the box well against a team who were very directly, then we played with freedom and scored three top goals away from home.

“Andi is a team player who has been outstanding for us. If he doesn’t get goals then he gets assists and if he doesn’t get either of the two he has still worked extremely hard for the team - he’s someone you can rely on.

“It was great to see him get those assists and I’m sure over the next few games we’ll see him get more assists and goals as well.”

City’s second goal on Saturday was a particular highlight with Paterson finishing off a quick counter-attack. It was evidence of the team’s identity which arguably hadn’t been seen enough in recent times as they struggled to hit form in the first half of the restart.

Macca added: “All the players here are good players, they were signed here because of that and now it’s time for them to produce and bring out their best.

“To be the best person, to take the shackles off do the basics and the fundamentals in possession but then go and express your talent. Everyone has different talents in different positions and it’s good we’re seeing that.”

Bristol City v Stoke City - Robins TV

The match is only available to watch on Robins TV – with pre-match coverage starting from 4pm – as it will not be shown on Sky Sports’ Red Button facility.

Season Card holders who are yet to redeem their unique voucher sent to them via email still can, giving them access to each of City’s three scheduled remaining league games.

All non-Season Card holders are able to purchase a £10 matchday pass, which is only valid for Wednesday's fixture. Non-Season Card holders should note that only those City matches not selected for broadcast by Sky Sports are available.

Head to the Robins TV website, login with your Bristol Sport Club Account, head to the packages page and select your matchday pass.

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