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The Importance Of The Derby - Flint

Aden Flint says the importance of Saturday’s Severnside derby with Cardiff City has only been heightened by the club’s recent form.

The big defender would dearly love to give City’s supporters a victory to celebrate over their bitter rivals from South Wales at Ashton Gate this weekend (midday kick-off). 

But Flint is equally desperate to clinch a first league win in seven attempts and help begin a turnaround in fortunes on the pitch. 

“It’s a big game and I’m sure the fans will be up for it as much as we are,” acknowledged Flint on Bristol City Player HD

“Not only is it important because it’s a big derby game, we’re also desperate to get back to winning ways. 

“The fans have been behind us all season and credit to them for still turning up in their numbers. This run will come to an end and, with the 12th man right behind us on Saturday, I’m sure we can get that victory. 

“The confidence in the group hasn’t dropped. We continue to work hard and who knows what one win could do for us.” 

Flint was part of a defence that reverted to a back three against Fleetwood Town in the Emirates Cup last Saturday. 

The long-serving defender was joined at the back by a pair of debutants, German Jens Hegeler and Australian Bailey Wright, a recent recruit from Preston North End. 

While the goalless stalemate means City will now face a long  trip to the North West for next Tuesday’s third round replay, Flint at least saw the positives in earning a shutout. 

“We’ve been crying out for a clean sheet in previous games so the Fleetwood one can be a stepping stone for us,” he added. 
“We have the options now to play as a back four or a back three, as we did last weekend. It’s good to have that competition and versatility. 

“We know all about Bailey. I’ve played against him a number of times; he’s a strong centre-half who is good on the ball. 
“Jens is a bit more of an unknown but he’s hit the ground running. He’s so assured on the ball, dribbling it out from the back. 

“It was good to play alongside them both and credit to them for playing so well after just a couple of training sessions.” 

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