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Bristol City coach backs Thomas Frank’s Leeds United claim

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Bristol City assistant manager Jamie McAllister has backed the claim made by Brentford boss Thomas Frank that most of the chances sides are likely to get against Leeds United will be on the counter-attack or from a set-piece.

City travel to Elland Road to face Leeds on Saturday looking to make it five wins from their last six Championship games.

Three points for the Robins would see them move level on points with their hosts, who currently sit second in the table.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men have been in awful form since the turn of the year, winning just once in their last 12 games.

They looked on their way back to their best in midweek, however, and dominated Brentford, with midfielder Kalvin Phillips pulling the strings on his return from suspension.

Speaking ahead of the game, McAllister revealed he agreed with Frank’s stance that counter-attacks and set-pieces are almost the only way you can get at the Whites due to the effectiveness of their pressing.

He said (via City’s official Twitter account): “Yeah I totally agree with that (Frank’s claim).

“They’re very good at when they give the ball away, their frenzy to win it back.

“So, when we win the ball, our first pass to beat that frenzy and avoid the press is important, to then go and counter against them.

“We saw the other night the goals we scored from set plays, how important that is.

“We’ve got that presence now in (Filip) Benkovic and Markus (Henriksen) adds a bit of height to us as well.

“You saw Nahki (Wells) the other day, a great leap, a good header. Set plays are important in any game.”

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The Verdict

City’s recent record against the Whites is not good. They have won just once against Leeds since 1997 and have lost all three of their meetings since Bielsa took charge last summer.

However, counter-attacks and set-pieces are two of Johnson’s side’s strengths, which means they could be well set to exploit Leeds’ weaknesses at Elland Road tomorrow.

A win for City would be huge and a massive step forward in their push for promotion.

While for Leeds, it could the ideal way to kick-start a late-season run of form.


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