Bristol City take on QPR on Tuesday night, in the first round of the Carabao Cup, in what is certain to be a tough test for both Championship teams.
In a pre-match interview ahead of the game (quotes sourced from Bristol Live), Bristol City’s first-team coach, Jamie McAllister revealed that Callum O’Dowda, Taylor Moore and Liam Walsh will all be involved in the game at Loftus Road.
“It was great to see them in with the fans and stuff. They’ll play a big part tomorrow night.
“We’ve got a big squad and have brought in some good players. It’s about getting the group together again, working on the training pitch and building up those partnerships.
“Making sure that everyone understands our playing philosophy and what’s required. That will take time on the training ground but it’s good to see the lads practise that on Saturday with just a little bit of work since coming in.”
McAllister went on to admit that there will be a number of changes to the squad, as he looks to keep his team fresh for their next league game against QPR on Saturday.
“The gaffer has already said that there’ll be changes. There’ll be a few starts for lads who have not had minutes.
“We’ve done it over the last couple of years and it’s worked really well with good cup runs.”
The coach is also hoping that a number of players can stake a claim for a regular starting spot in Lee Johnson’s side for their 2019/20 league campaign in the near future.
“It’s really benefited the lads to be in and around it to get game time and we’ll do that again tomorrow night. We’ll see how they perform and it’s the chance for them to put themselves in the gaffer’s thoughts come Saturday.
“It’s a good opportunity for the lads who have not had game time.”
It’s going to be a tricky test for Lee Johnson’s side tonight.
QPR are a team that are full of confidence heading into this one, and Bristol City are still looking for their first win of the season.
Bristol City have a good amount of depth in their squad, and the likes of Callum O’Dowda are going to cause any Championship defence problems, so it’ll be a fiercely competitive game at Loftus Road this evening.