Bristol City assistant manager Jamie McAllister has reflected on his side’s last clash with Leeds United at Elland Road–a 2-0 defeat in November 2018.
The Robins travel to West Yorkshire to face Leeds United tomorrow, knowing that a victory would see them move level on points with the Whites.
City are seventh as things stand but have moved just three points behind second-place Leeds after winning four of their last five Championship games.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are in much poorer form–having won just once in 2020 and having lost four of their last six league games.
However, they looked on their way back to their best against Brentford in midweek, so it looks set to be a tough test for the Robins.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the game, McAllister discussed the trip up to West Yorkshire.
He said (via the club’s official Twitter account): “It’s a great place to go, Elland Road will be bouncing. They’re looking for a win, we obviously want to go and get a win.”
City’s record against Leeds in recent years is not good. In fact, the Robins have won just once against them since 1997.
Lee Johnson has not fared well against Bielsa either, as his side have lost to the Whites in all three of their meetings since the start of last season.
Pressed on how City would look to change things up this time, McAllister reflected on their trip to Elland Road last season.
He said: “We’ve picked up a lot of things over the last few months. Obviously, the first game of the season they were very good against us, they were excellent.
“I thought last year against them, up at Elland Road, the gameplan was excellent up until the 65th minute, I think it was, when Browny (Josh Brownhill) got sent off.
“Playing against a Leeds team or any Championship team with 10 men is difficult, they scored two and we lost 2-0.
“We’ve got a gameplan. It’s going to affect them.”
The trip to face Leeds begins a tough run of fixtures for City, which will see them face the top three sides in their next five games.
A win against the Whites would be a huge confidence boost for Johnson’s men ahead of that run.
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City have fared terribly against Leeds for a while now and will be hoping to turn things around when the face them tomorrow.
Looking at the form table, you’d imagine this is quite a good time to face the Whites, however, with Kalvin Phillips back in the side they looked on the way back to their best on Tuesday night.
The Robins played well before Brownhill was sent off at Elland Road last season, so it is a performance to build on.
Looking at the way City are currently set up, to do damage on the counter and from set-pieces, they do seem well placed to take advantage of some of the Whites’ few weaknesses.
Getting the early goal could be key as will ensuring they’re clinical with their chances.