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We Must Keep Belief - Freeman

Luke Freeman has urged his players to believe in their own abilities as they head into a showdown with fellow promoted side Preston North End tonight (7.45pm).

The midfielder says City must take heart from their performances so far this season, even if results have not matched their endeavours to date.

Play-off final winners Preston are next up, a team that pushed City all the way in last season’s Sky Bet League One title race.

“It seems to have been the case for much of this season that we’ve been the better team without getting the result to match,” Freeman told Bristol City Player HD.

“We probably haven’t been clinical enough in either box; we need to put away our chances and be ruthless in our own box.

“It’s tough to take when you have good opportunities and more of the game but still take no points.

“We need to believe in ourselves more. The lads need to keep working hard and plugging away, and I’m sure the results will come.

“Preston is another opportunity tonight.”

Freeman has only just returned from an enforced month-long lay-off through a three-match suspension.

He added: “It’s been a long four weeks but I’ve worked hard off the pitch with extra sessions.

“I didn’t feel that far off the mark at Birmingham. Maybe I felt it a bit in the last ten or 15 minutes but that’s natural. It’s just good to be back.”