Head Coach says Reds will relish trip to League One leaders
Head Coach Paul Groves acknowledges that the depth of Reds’ squad will be tested this Saturday.
But he is confident the players won’t be found wanting when we take on Sky Bet League One leaders Bristol City.
Paul watched City’s 1-0 win over Telford in the FA Cup on Sunday and will be back at Ashton Gate tomorrow for their JP Trophy semi-final against Coventry City.
The suspended Izale McLeod and injured Gwion Edwards and Ryan Dickson, who are both recovering from hernia surgery, will be missing on Saturday.
“That’s obviously a big loss because they are three important players for us,” said Paul.
“But it means opportunities for others and we hope they can take them.
“It’s a massive stage for our players – the leaders on their own ground. There will be upwards of 11,000 there and the atmosphere will be lively but there is no reason why we can’t give a good
account of ourselves.
“We’re unbeaten in six League games. We’ve made ourselves hard to beat but that is going to be put to the test on Saturday.
“But we will have had two good looks at them this week and will go there with a game plan which we feel can get us a result. It’s then up to the players to carry it out, which we’re confident they can do.”
One player hoping to play a part is midfielder Marvin Elliott, who left City after nine seasons at Ashton Gate in the summer.
Keith Keane plays the final game of his loan spell before returning to Preston.