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Recovery Is Key For Williams

Derrick Williams admits Bristol City’s relentless fixture programme has resulted in a heavily reduced training schedule.

City will have played on every Saturday and Tuesday for six weeks by the time they contest the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Walsall on March 22nd.

As a result, defender Williams says the emphasis between matches is firmly on recovery, with such regular competitive action ensuring the fitness levels of the players remain at their peak.

“Recovery is so important for us because you don’t train so much,” the Irishman told Bristol City Player.

“It’s a case of play, cool down, recover and that only really leaves one day of training to work on set-pieces and things like that.

“If we’re not fit by now, I think we’d be struggling a bit!”

Speaking ahead of tonight’s visit of Peterborough United to Ashton Gate, Williams is hoping for a repeat of the 3-0 win at the ABAX Stadium from November – a performance he considers one of City’s best to date.

“I think it’s up there with one of our best this season,” he said. “Coming off the back of a result like the one we had at the weekend, I think we’re due another performance like that.

“If you start looking too far ahead you can start losing your way a bit. We’ve just got to take one game at a time and keep ticking them off.

“All the players are buzzing to play again on Tuesday to make it right, get another three points and start another run going.”

Tickets remain on sale for tonight’s meeting with Peterborough at Ashton Gate. Call 0117 963 0600 or buy online to guarantee your seat.

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