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Rowe ready for busy schedule

Tommy Rowe has listed experience and recovery as two crucial components ahead of City’s first midweek contest in the Sky Bet Championship this campaign.

On the back of four straight league wins and a draw, the Robins sit joint top of the division, but now face six games in 18 days, starting tonight against a dogged Middlesbrough outfit.

Having featured in every fixture across all competitions this season, left-back Rowe hailed the significance of preparation – mental and physical - as City look to continue their impressive form.

“On the weekend [against Barnsley] we put a lot of effort in, but I’ve come in today and I feel brilliant because of the way we recycle that energy,” he told Robins TV.

“We’ve been given recovery tights to help us in the evening, meal prep and protein drinks all give you that one per cent to get you to that next level. They help on a Monday because you have to be ready to go.

“The coaches know, they see you come in on a Monday and the lads are bubbly, training has been fantastic and that’s the way it should be with a Tuesday game and you can enjoy your rest before a long day.

“We spoke at the start of the season and our culture had to be a certain way through victory and loss. If it changes game to game, that change is too much to deal with as a group. We have to remain calm at both ends. We’ll celebrate in the right way and with the losses look at how we can improve and pick each other up. That’s the strength of a good squad; one which picks each other up well and moves on better becomes the strongest over the course of a season.”

The Robins will be looking to secure a second victory over Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough in the space of three months, having earned maximum points at the Riverside back in July courtesy of a Nahki Wells brace and a fierce strike by Jamie Paterson. However, Rowe knows City will have to be at their best for a repeat result.

He continued: “I remember the game being an important one at the time and we adjusted well to it. We picked up a few points after a bad run of form, but it was a tough game.

“We know this one will be hard-fought again and we have to stick to what we do best, take the good bits out of Saturday. We’ve analysed it, we had a great session today and with that little bit of luck we will get the right result.”

Tonight’s fixture is available on Robins TV for £10, with coverage starting from 7.15pm.

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