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Palmer eyes the perfect week

Kasey Palmer has set the bar for maximum points this week, starting with Tuesday night’s match against Huddersfield Town (January 26th, 7pm KO).

The attacking midfielder spent one-and-a-half seasons on loan with the Terriers, playing a key role in their promotion to the Premier League in 2017.

Any soft spot for his former side will go out the window this week however, as Palmer outlines City’s target if they are to continue their push for the play-offs.

The Robins sit six points behind sixth-placed AFC Bournemouth heading into Tuesday’s Sky Bet Championship round of fixtures, after a weekend of Emirates FA Cup action.

City’s 3-0 win over Millwall was well deserved and sees them advance to the Fifth Round, as they bounced back from a midweek defeat at Norwich in the league.

Palmer told Robins TV: “Everyone is buzzing. It gives us confidence going into this week against Huddersfield and Derby. We’re trying to win both of them, so we’re excited about what’s to come. At the weekend it was about our performance, but the goals topped it off, so that was really good.”

He added the target for Tuesday is nothing less than three points. “We have to aim for three points and anything less we should be disappointed. We’re trying to get to the Premier League and the play-offs so there’s only one result we should be looking for. After the weekend’s result and performance, we’re going into the game with a lot of confidence,” he said.

“With the injuries and the difficult patch, to be still six points away with everyone still coming back to full fitness, there’s a lot to look forward to.”

Despite missing the Emirates FA Cup Third Round win over Portsmouth due to a positive Covid-19 test, Palmer has featured in every game under Dean Holden, after his return from loan at Swansea City in the first half of the campaign.

“It’s good to be back, these are exciting times,” Palmer said, having completed 225 minutes of the last three matches. “We lost to Norwich last week but we moved on and scored three at the weekend, so good times! It’s good to be back, I’ve been here a while so I’m excited to be back and see what the end of the season has in store for the club.

“I’d been speaking to the majority of the lads while I was away, the banter continued what with Swansea being in and around us, so that continued. Now I’m back with the lads and back with the banter.”

Palmer is naturally a forward-thinking player, whose close control, creativity and energy on the ball helps to propel City forward.

He was pleased by the reaction against Millwall with goals from Antoine Semenyo, Famara Diédhiou and Nahki Wells capping off a good display in South London.

Palmer explained how he has been particularly impressed by Semenyo and now he wants to see more of the same, with confidence to be taken from playing with an attacking mindset.

“I think we’ve got the players to play that style and for Antoine it was good for him to score for his confidence. We see that kind of stuff every day in training so for him to show fans and people outside the club just how good he is, and with Nahki and Fam on the scoresheet as well, it gives us confidence going into the week.

“Everyone at the club knows how good he (Semenyo) is and what level he can go on and play at. For me, he will be a Premier League player and I’m buzzing to see him flourishing and show everyone week in, week out how good he is.”

The Robins take on Huddersfield Town at Ashton Gate at 7pm on Tuesday, with all the action live on Robins TV. The build-up starts with the matchday show streaming at 6.30pm.

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