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Posted Friday, May 4th 2018

We will continue improving - Flint

Aden Flint says City are on the up and will continue to make progress next year.

Speaking ahead of the season finale at home to Sheffield United, Flint reflected on a rollercoaster campaign for the Robins.

They lost just four games between August and the end of December to put them within a shot of the play-off places but just four wins in 2018 saw them eventually miss out.

City have secured a top-half finish this season, a leap from their relegation battle last season.

The Blades will also complete the campaign out of the play-offs, close to City, in their first season in the Sky Bet Championship following their promotion from League One in 2017.

Defender Flint told BCTV: "We’ve made definite progress, given our position at the moment. It’s an improvement on last year which is what we set out to do from the start.

"It’s disappointing considering where we were at Christmas, it’s gut-wrenching, but that’s football. There are still plenty of positives from the season such as the Carabao Cup run and we have played good football so it’s progress, improvement and I am sure there will be more of that next year.

"We improved on our league finish last year, if only by one place, so a top-half finish is something we wanted this time. We’re disappointed to have missed out on the play-offs."

Flint is also hoping City can end their season with a final win on Sunday, which would complete a league double over the Blades after the 2-1 win back in December. Jamie Paterson fired City into the lead, before Leon Clarke levelled and Flint pounced with a late volley to secure the points that night.

He continued: "It was close up at Bramall Lane just before Christmas. We got the three points that night and hopefully we can repeat that [on Sunday]. We want to go out there and put on a final show and performance, to show people that we are fighting to the end, albeit it results.

"They are a good team who have picked up good results and they have carried their form from last year. Both clubs are disappointed not to be in the play-offs, considering we were there earlier in the season."

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