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We'll take the game to Preston - McAllister

Assistant coach Jamie McAllister says last year's 5-0 Deepdale defeat will spur City on to clinch all three points on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off).

Preston North End travel to Ashton Gate for the Sky Bet Championship clash, presenting City an opportunity to extend their unbeaten run, while the Lilywhites are searching for the first win in eight matches.

The game comes off the back of City's 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough at the weekend.

Former left-back McAllister told BCTV: "It was a great point (at Hillsborough). It was a weird game with few clear-cut chances but probably the best chances in the game were Milan's [Djuric] one-on-one with the keeper and Bobby's [Reid] header.

"Flinty's [Aden Flint] couple of bicycle kicks went close, so for Sheffield Wednesday not to have a shot on target all game, being the home team and a good side, was a big plus for us.

"We defended well as a team and created one or two good opportunities so it was a good point and we go again against Preston."

Flint attempted two overhead kicks against the Owls, with one shaving the post on its way wide of goal.

"He tries them in training. He's not bad up top to be fair, he's a good option for us!" McAllister said.


The former City defender spent a month's loan at Deepdale during the 2011/12 season, making four appearances for Preston.

Reflecting on his short spell at the club, McAllister said: "I went there halfway through January for a month's loan. I was coming back from an ankle injury and needed game time. I played four games in a month and Preston wanted to keep me on until the end of the season, then under Graham Westley, but City called me back and I played here until the end of the season.

"Preston's a great club, steeped in history and it's had some good managers in the past, some good players have played there. I spent four or five weeks at the club but I couldn't wait to get back.


"They've got a bit of a hoodoo over us at the moment. We haven't won against them since 2011 and we haven't had a win in our last eight games against them, so we want to try and break that.

"Of course the last game against them was the 5-0 loss which is in the back of the mind. It's motivation for the lads [to do better] but it's our next game at home so it's up to us to take the initiative and take the game to them.

"They have some good players, they have a good side so I'm sure it will be another good Championship game.

"The response since then has been outstanding. We have only lost three in 26 games since then. The boys are confident at the moment but not complacent and are looking forward to the next game at home."


Club captain Bailey Wright has served his two-match suspension and is back in contention to start. 

Striker Djuric and Joe Bryan remain 50/50.

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"The boys are confident at the moment but not complacent and are looking forward to the next game at home."

Jamie McAllister