Bristol City travel to Elland Road tomorrow knowing that victory against Leeds United would see them move level on points with the second-place Whites.
The Robins are in strong form, having picked up four wins in their last five games, but face a stern test against Marcelo Bielsa’s side on Saturday.
City have beaten Leeds just once since 1997 and have lost all three meetings since the Argentine coach took charge at Elland Road last summer.
Robins assistant manager Jamie McAllister spoke to the press yesterday and covered a range of subjects in the build-up to the game.
Here are the main talking points…
On Derby County victory
McAllister suggested (via the club’s official Twitter account) that the 3-2 victory against Derby in midweek was an “excellent result” and hailed the impact of their January signings, all three of whom were making their debuts.
The City assistant boss claimed the way his side had bounced back after the disappointing defeat to Birmingham City on Friday showed the “strength in character and what the group is all about”.
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McAllister said that Leeds are still in good form despite the results, adding: “We know their threats and how good they are”.
He suggested that Bielsa was one of the best managers in the world but revealed that the Robins were confident in their gameplan for the clash.
McAllister also talked up the importance of set-pieces and being effective on the counter, backing up Thomas Frank’s claim in midweek.
Pressed on Elland Road, he said: “Yeah, it’s a great atmosphere up there, they’ve got to go and love playing. There will be 30,000 there, a great championship game with both teams going to win the game.
“Hopefully we can turn their crowd, in the first 15-20 minutes if we start that well, hopefully, we turn their crowd a little bit.”
McAllister revealed there were a few niggles from the Rams clash.
Korey Smith was substituted late in the game after picking up a niggle and the Robins assistant coach suggested the club were monitoring his fitness ahead of the trip to Elland Road.
He also provided an update on Tomas Kalas, who reportedly suffered a setback in training ahead of the Derby game, and suggested the defender “was progressing well” and “should be close to getting in the squad over the weekend or coming weeks”.