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Posted Saturday, February 1st 2020

‘Team performance will be key’ - Weimann

City’s success starts at the back according to Andreas Weimann, who says a repeat, resolute defensive display on Saturday can help be the springboard for a positive outcome against QPR.

City head to West London off the back of three wins and as many clean sheets in the Sky Bet Championship, their latest a 1-0 victory over Reading on Tuesday night.

The Robins thwarted the wave of late pressure from the Royals and performed admirably in those “clutch” moments, which can be crucial; away from home.

“I think the confidence after three wins and three clean sheets in a row in the league is very high,” Weimann explained. “It will be a tough game I’m sure, because QPR away is a tough place to go. It’s a small stadium, the pitch is close to the fans and everything, so it’s a good place to go and hopefully we can keep this run going.

“Clutch defending, as the manager calls it, we do it the day before the game or on a Wednesday which is where you have all 11 players behind the ball and try to make it as hard as possible for the other team to get in behind us, to pass the ball through the lines. In the last few games we have done that really well and if we can keep doing that it will take us far hopefully,” he said.

And Weimann believes City will need to dig deep once again when they hit the road for a second time in four days today (Saturday, February 1st).

He continued: “I think team performance is what it is about in away games. There are times when you are under it a bit, you have to defend a little bit more and it’s on the home teams to take the game to us.

“If we can defend as we have been and keep those clean sheets then we have every chance of scoring goals. So, if we can do that again we will have a great chance of getting the three points again.”

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