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We will give Carabao our all - Moore

Taylor Moore is keen that the Robins kick-off the season with a bang and advance into the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The Robins host Exeter City at Ashton Gate tomorrow (Saturday, 2pm KO) in the opening round and despite being without four first-team players on international duty, the 23-year-old knows the significance of City’s first competitive fixture of the 2020/21 calendar.

With Dean Holden having put his players through a testing but encouraging pre-season schedule, Moore is impressed with the squad’s current form and is excited to show off their hard work in BS3.

“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling sharp,” Moore told Robins TV. “It’s been a very long time since I last played a competitive game, March to be a bit more precise, but pre-season has gone really well. I think it has been a bit different, however the length of it has been pretty similar to previous years. We’ve had some intense games, all building up to the exciting one on Saturday.

“I think you’ve got to look at the last few years where we’ve had some memories because of the Carabao Cup. We’re going into the game giving it our all. The message is clear from everyone here at the club - we want to progress to the next round, we want to give the fans something to cheer about, and we all know the importance of this game.

“It is our first competitive game and it comes a week before we go back into the Championship season, so we know how serious we want to take it and the competition in general.”

With a new man at the helm and Moore having gained further experience out on loan in recent campaigns, alongside games in BS3, the defender has set personal goals for the coming season, under a head coach he has full faith in.

“It’s interesting to have Dean as the manager because we’ve had him as a coach for all these years but that’s an amazing thing because we’ve known him for all that time,” he continued.

“We know what he’s about as he knows us as well, for the players who have been here a certain amount of time. He is very genuine, he comes across how he actually is, and he has the upmost respect form everyone at the club. We’re all behind him 100 per cent and very happy that he is filling this role.

“I had a good season last year. I came back here, was thrown into the deep end but I felt ready and really enjoyed it. I had a really good first half of the season and then went on loan to Blackpool – a club I can’t speak highly enough of.

“I really enjoyed it but unfortunately due to the circumstances it was cut short, but I was still able to play a certain amount of games, so hopefully I left a good impression there.

“But my main priority and my main focus is this season, Bristol City, the Championship, and helping this squad push for what we want which will be promotion or competing at the top end of the Championship where this club deserves to be. On a personal note, it would be to make a good impression over the next few weeks and really try and cement a place in the first team here at Bristol City.”

The opening round fixture with Exeter City will be available on Robins TV to fans inside the UK for £10, with the matchday pass only available for this one game. Please note season card holders will not receive a free voucher code for the fixture.

Fans who subscribe can enjoy all the benefits of the Robins TV Live matchday production, which includes a pre-match show, half-time analysis, post-match reaction and the game itself inclusive of commentary and replays.

Tune in at 1.30pm for exclusive City matchday coverage.

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