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Vyner relishing border clash

Zak Vyner is relishing the cross-border rivalry of City’s Sky Bet Championship match against Swansea City at Ashton Gate (Saturday, October 24th, KO 3pm).

The 23-year-old has experienced multiple games against the Swans as he developed through the Robins’ Academy from the age of nine.

Now, having played every minute of all City’s nine games to date – including all six league games – Vyner has put his hand up for this weekend’s clash.

“I think there is always a little bit of an extra bite when you play them so many times as a kid,” Vyner told Robins TV. “I know there's a few lads (at Swansea) I would've played against a load of times in the Academy as well, so there's always an extra bite when it comes to these games.”

A shoulder injury interrupted his loan spell at Aberdeen last season only for him to emerge with credit from the post-lockdown season resumption.

“The game time has been excellent,” said Vyner. “I think it's been a good start to the season as well, so I think we're just trying to snowball and keep going. 

“It's definitely weird how things happen, but like I said, I'm ready whenever we're ever called upon. And if an injury is going to bring me back and I start playing then I'll take it in my stride, and we'll go with it. But it's been great to get the game time I've had this season.”

City are sitting second in the Championship and Vyner reflected: “We gained momentum early on in the season. There is a backing and belief in the team that’s rolled on to the next game. It is a bit of a cliché that you shouldn’t look beyond the next game, but we are literally just looking for the next game. We're not looking too far ahead, and I think we’ve got to keep rolling with that momentum and keep pushing and keep building on performances.”

The midweek 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough was an ‘off-night” according to Head Coach Dean Holden and Vyner added:

“I know the other night wasn't great, but we want to put that behind us and face Swansea with fresh minds and go again. I feel like the next day does go longer after the defeat, but after that, you're just got to put it behind you and move forward and look forward to the next game. And I think we do that well. Everyone gets around each other there's no dwelling. There's no negative vibe, you’ve just got to keep moving forward and keep positive.”

Swansea arrive with former City captain Korey Smith, alongside whom Vyner made his Robins debut.

“Korey, he's our friend, but when it comes to Saturday he's not our friend, and he's going be thinking the same thing, but it will be good to see him though,” added Vyner.

“We know Swansea are a good team. They’ve got good quality but we're also a team that wants to impose ourselves on the game and work on us and focus on us. So, I feel like there are going be some threats that we have to nullify. But if we play our game and do what we do best when we are on it, I think we're a good team and we're going to be able to get three points.”

The game will be shown live on Robins TV and Vyner feels for the supporters, saying: “Obviously, it's been a long time without them in the stadium and that is dreadful, but we still feel the backing through social media and on Robin's TV. We feel they are there with us every step of the way, and hopefully we'll get them back soon.”

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