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'We know what the derby is about' - Vyner

Zak Vyner says everyone will be aware of the importance of the Severnside derby, with thousands of supporters set to tune in via Robins TV.

Though it is behind closed doors, three points are still up for grabs in Saturday's clash with Cardiff City and a win for the Robins would leave them three points off the Bluebirds (and complete a rare double over their Welsh rivals), who occupy sixth spot heading into the weekend.

Academy graduate Vyner is hoping to be selected again - having appeared in City's last two outings which included a "sterling performance" in the midweek trip to Nottingham Forest - and in doing so would make his first senior appearance in the derby.

 

“I’ve played them so many times in the Academy ranks, we’ve played them a million times but this is my first men’s one so I know what this means to the fans," Vyner said.

"I know they can’t be here, but we definitely know we're taking passion into the game. It’s one where want to get the result first and foremost and build on the performance from Forest, take that into this game and give it all we’ve got because we know what this game’s about.

"For the lads who have played in this one and myself who’s grown up around here so we know what the game is about. Some of the lads from abroad might not know what it’s about so it’s down to us to tell them. The fans won’t be here to spur us on but I know within the lads we will get ourselves up for it, ready and I’ll be telling the lads what it means because it’s a big one."

He went on to echo Head Coach Lee Johnson's comments on Wednesday night, saying the Robins can build on the momentum from their performance at Forest. It was a display that warranted more than the final result told.

"There’s six games to go, a lot of points to play for and that's the mentality we have to have," said the 23-year-old right-back. "Obviously we go into every game wanting to win and we’re going to do that. We can build on the momentum from the Forest game, I know the result didn’t go our way but if we tweak a few things and go at it again with fresh mind on it because you need a short-term memory in football and move on to the next one. It’s a big game we will be up for and we need a result in.”

Vyner has returned to Johnson's plans after spending the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Aberdeen; his fourth loan spell away from BS3 in his young career to date.

The season was suspended during his recovery from injury, resuming at a time which has presented Vyner with his chance to compete and help the Robins in the run-in.

And the defender has spoken of being mentally prepared for the call-up at this important part of the campaign.

Vyner continued: “When the break happened, it was a weird time for everyone and we went away with the mentality that when we came back we’d have a job to do.

"I was the same, everyone in the side or not playing has to have that mentality. For me, I kept that as much as I could in my head so when I got the opportunity I wasn’t fazed by anything, so everyone’s ready for that and keeping mentally ready for that was the main thing.”

Fans can also read an exclusive interview with Zak inside the latest Robins Matchday Programme, which is now free to all and available online here.

Robins TV

Saturday's Severnside derby is available live on Robins TV to Season Card holders. The stream starts at 2pm complete with all the build-up and analysis as well as the match itself with live commentary and replays.

As the game has also been selected for Sky Sports coverage, it is only available via a Robins TV audio pass for non-Season Card holders.

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