Flint looks to derby vic­tory for in­spi­ra­tion

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Gil­lott

ADEN FLINT is hop­ing to chan­nel the spirit of a mem­o­rable derby clash when Bris­tol City travel to Cardiff to­mor­row night.

The Robins played host to ri­vals Swin­don Town back in April and, in front of a feisty Ash­ton Gate crowd, took a huge step to­wards pro­mo­tion with a 3-0 win.

It’s a dif­fer­ent story to­mor­row, how­ever, when Steve Cot­ter­ill’s side kick­off in the Welsh cap­i­tal just out­side the bot­tom three.

And cen­tre-back Flint, who helped City to a 2-0 vic­tory over Not­ting­ham For­est in front of the Sky cam­eras ear­lier this month, is ex­pect­ing an en­tic­ing at­mos­phere.

“You look for­ward to th­ese derby games,” he said. “Swin­don last year had a lot rid­ing on it and there was a great at­mos­phere that night. I’m sure the trav­el­ling Bris­tol City fans will get be­hind us on Mon­day and make it an even bet­ter at­mos­phere.

“It’s go­ing to be a good game, on TV on Mon­day night. We’ll get a good fol­low­ing as well so it’s a game the lads are re­ally look­ing for­ward to.

“The cam­eras have been pretty kind to us – we put on a de­cent dis­play against For­est and hope­fully we can repli­cate that on Mon­day.”

While Bris­tol City bat­tle it out near the bot­tom, Cardiff are chas­ing the play-offs and could have Joe Ralls avail­able as the mid­fielder seeks to shake off a ham­string prob­lem.

How­ever, man­ager Rus­sell Slade will be with­out Ken­wyne Jones – still ab­sent with a shin in­jury picked up on in­ter­na­tional duty – and long-term ab­sen­tees Bruno Manga and Ben Turner.

“If you had said last year Bruno would be out for the first 12 games, you would be think­ing we’re in a bit of trou­ble, but the boys who have stepped in have done bril­liantly,” said mid­fielder Pe­ter Whit­ting­ham. “Bris­tol City are a good team. They’ve been do­ing not so well, but it’s a derby and form goes out the win­dow

“Any­thing can hap­pen, but we’re at home so it’s up to us to in­sti­gate things, con­trol the game and get three points.”

KEY MAN PE­TER WHIT­TING­HAM Cardiff

City

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