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Posted Friday, October 2nd 2020

Paterson staying grounded

The stats don’t lie – Jamie Paterson has been an influential member behind City’s positive start to the 2020/21 season.

After getting the league campaign up and running inside just 20 seconds against Coventry City, Paterson has gone on to score three goals in all competitions so far. He is among the most creative players from the first three matchdays (nine chances created), was named in the last Sky Bet Championship Team of the Week and sits only behind Tomas Kalas with City’s best overall rating (7.75 according to Opta).

However, the in-form Paterson says City can’t get ahead of themselves even as they look to continue their 100% league record with a fourth consecutive win in this weekend's trip to Nottingham Forest.

“We’ve started well, we’ve won our first three games but it’s very early doors,” Paterson told Robins TV. “We’re not getting ahead of our ourselves, we’re ticking along nicely, and we’ll try to carry on that form.

“We’ve beaten three teams who will be top half I would say. Sheffield Wednesday (Last Sunday) are down the bottom because of the points deduction but they’re a good side and it was three good performances.”

On his own displays, Paterson says he is benefitting from a team in form.

He added: “It’s not just about me, the team is playing well and you benefit from that when you’re playing with a good group of lad who work hard. With that quality around me it makes the game a lot easier.

“There will be ups and downs but I'm in a good place. I’ve been here five years, out on loan, had good and bad form but I think for a good 30-odd games I have been consistent. I feel I can continue that for the whole season.”

Another player showing consistency has been Chris Martin. Paterson and Martin played together when City’s number 10 joined Derby County on loan last season and the pair clicked.

Paterson added that he was delighted to hear Martin would be joining City this summer, with the striker retuning two goals and two assists in all competitions.

“He was good in the changing room and was the leader who wants to win. He hates losing, like me, but you need people like that,” said Paterson.

“He’s demanding, he will tell you where he wants it and we have a few of those characters in the team. He also brings genuine quality, there’s not many big men who can bring what he does with his feet and link-up play, he has a great footballing mind and at Derby we were both scoring and assisting.”

That kind of form has helped City sit joint top of the Championship table but in contrast, it has been a tough campaign for Saturday’s opponents, Nottingham Forest.

Sabri Lamouchi’s men are without a win and are yet to score in these early days of the season.

Reflecting on his former club, Paterson said: “They haven’t started well, we’ve started well so the fans and bookmakers will say it’s a guaranteed win but it certainly won’t be. It will be a hard game and probably the hardest of the season so far in terms of when a team is down - and I’ve been there - you’re working hard all week, you’re angry and you get that reaction and the three points.

“We need to be at it 100%, win our second balls – everything we have been doing, we need to stick to that and, while it doesn’t guarantee you three points, it gives you a good chance.”

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