City’s Pater­son calls for 90-minute per­for­mance

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football -

JAMIE Pater­son says Bris­tol City need to find their rhythm ear­lier when they take on Pre­ston North End at Ash­ton Gate this af­ter­noon.

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder in­sists City have the con­fi­dence to do the job, de­spite re­sults hav­ing not gone their way in pre­vi­ous out­ings in the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship.

A 3-2 de­feat away to Read­ing came af­ter a 1-0 loss at home to Stoke City, de­spite the Robins’ pres­sure to fight back in a bid to pick up points.

“The boys are con­fi­dent (ahead of the Pre­ston game),” Pater­son, pic­tured, told the of­fi­cial club web­site.

“De­spite the re­sult at Read­ing, the per­for­mance was good, the sec­ond half es­pe­cially. Now we need to give that per­for­mance for the full 90 min­utes.

“I’ve been in the Cham­pi­onship long enough to know that you can’t un­der­es­ti­mate any team. Read­ing were at the bot­tom end of the ta­ble, but they ended up get­ting three points, even though we felt we de­served more.

“Pre­ston is al­ways a tough game, but hope­fully we can give the fans some­thing to cheer about and send them home happy.”

While Pater­son has been in and out of the start­ing XI this sea­son, his men­tal­ity has al­ways been on keep­ing him­self ready for the call.

He added: “It’s dif­fi­cult be­ing in and out, but we have a lot of play­ers at the front line.

“It’s about grab­bing your chance with both hands, which isn’t easy, but you have to try hard on and off the pitch, and be ready to take your chance.” TAUN­TON will be without top­scorer Rocky Neal for to­day’s Premier Di­vi­sion South game at home to Wim­borne.

Neal, who snapped up both goals in a 2-1 win at Win­can­ton in the Som­er­set Premier Cup in mid­week, com­pletes a three­match sus­pen­sion.

Taun­ton fielded a muchchanged side for the tie at Win­can­ton, but will be back at vir­tual full strength

The Som­er­set side’s boss Rob Dray said: “Taun­ton have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing hor­ri­ble to play against, and I’m keen for us to play up to that.

“We need to grind out re­sults with a tough Christ­mas pe­riod ahead of us.

“The league is very, very tight, with the odd goal de­cid­ing games. I think it will be tight all sea­son, and the top sides can beat each other on any given day.

“I be­lieve two points a game on av­er­age is enough to make the play-offs – we’re go­ing well and can still im­prove.”

Taun­ton go into to­day’s clash in third spot, seven points be­hind the lead­ers Wey­mouth, but with a game in hand.

Else­where, in one of only two other games to go ahead in the di­vi­sion due to FA Cup and FA Tro­phy com­mit­ments, Swin­don Su­per­ma­rine visit Staines.

In-form Street will need to be at their best if they are to pull off a shock re­sult in the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round of the FA Tro­phy this af­ter­noon.

The Di­vi­sion One South high­fliers visit Wey­mouth, who are top of the Premier Di­vi­sion South at the mo­ment.

Sal­is­bury, who are chal­leng­ing Wey­mouth in the league, have a home tie against Mertsham, while Melk­sham make the long jour­ney to play East Anglian side Leis­ton in their match.

Ro­gan Thom­son/ JMP

Bris­tol City lost nar­rowly at Read­inglast week

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