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Smith puts friendships to one side

Korey Smith is ready to put friendships on hold for 90 minutes as City look to keep up their good form against bottom club Bolton Wanderers at Ashton Gate (7.45pm).

The City midfielder will come face-to-face with former roomie Mark Little and ex-captain Aaron Wilbraham in BS3 this evening.

Little and Wilbraham were both members of the club’s 2014/15 double-winning squad, but the pair left Ashton Gate for the Macron Stadium this summer.

Previewing tonight’s clash, Smith told BCTV: “We had some great times with them. They helped us massively in the promotion campaign, getting us to where we are today.

“We’re still very good friends and meet up regularly. Whether we’ll talk much before the game, I’m not sure. Some people like to throw banter, we’ll see.

“I’m sure the fans will give them both a great reception and they deserve that.

“Of course, when you get on the pitch, it’s 11 versus 11 and we’ll be determined to win the game. That’s the most important thing.”

WHAT HE SAID

“They’ll be going into each and every game looking to change their fortunes, so it will be dangerous."

Midfielder Korey Smith

The Trotters are without a win in nine Sky Bet Championship matches so far this season, losing seven times.

But Smith warned: “Listen, we had a losing run last year. It doesn’t mean anything.

“They’ll be going into each and every game looking to change their fortunes, so it will be dangerous.

“They’ve got some good players and they wouldn’t have won promotion last season if they weren’t a good team.

“We just need to be on our game and look to continue our own good form.”

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