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Posted Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

We can hold our heads high - Flint

Aden Flint believes he and his teammates can kick on in the Sky Bet Championship, having pitted themselves against Premier League opposition in the Carabao Cup.

City's Carabao Cup run came to an end in the semi-finals, with Manchester City recording a 5-3 victory over two legs.

The Robins gave it their all and more than matched the Premier League giants at times.

Defender Flint who produced a heroic goal-line clearance at the Etihad Stadium, followed by an equalising goal in the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate on Tuesday, expressed his pride to BCTV.

HEROES RIGHT TO THE END

He said: "We can hold our heads high and be incredibly proud. What an incredible achievement it is to reach the semi-finals of one of the major competitions in England.

"You have to always think that you have a chance. I’m delighted for Marlon because he doesn’t score very often. To score against Manchester City is brilliant for him.

"Once we went 2-0 down we had nothing to lose. We went for it more, which left us open a little more than usual but we got the goals.

"It’s always nice to score and to do it against Manchester City was great. We were unlucky on the night but we knew before the game that we had to go for it. We’ve showed a good account for ourselves.

"Hopefully we can take this into our league form now because we’re disappointed with our recent record. We stopped the rut against Derby County last Friday so hopefully we can carry on now.

"We can hold our heads high and proud."

WHAT HE SAID

"We can hold our heads high and be incredibly proud."

Aden Flinrt

LEARNING FROM THE BEST

Flint says the players will benefit from their experience over 180 minutes against the Premier League leaders.

He added: "You have to stay focussed more than usual. We played against world-class players who movement is sharper than the majority we usually play against, that’s no disrespect because they are still sharp. But these are world-class internationals and we have to do what we can and work hard.

"We can look at how they play out from the back because that’s what we try to do. They play great football so hopefully we can try and copy that. We’ll work on it in training and take it into the league."

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