Flint looks to derby victory for inspiration
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