LOOK­ING AHEAD TO FA CUP CLASH:

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Front Page -

BAI­LEY Wright is de­ter­mined to keep Bris­tol City’s ex­cel­lent un­beaten run go­ing when the Robins turn their at­ten­tion to the FA Cup this evening.

Premier League Hud­der­s­field are the vis­i­tors to Ash­ton Gate and City de­fender Wright wants his team­mates to take their League form into the clash with the Ter­ri­ers.

Wright made his first Robins ap­pear­ance for nine months in the New Year’s Day win at Stoke City, af­ter an in­jury he sus­tained back in the 2017/18 cam­paign, and now the club cap­tain is back and ready to help the team on the pitch for the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

Wright told the of­fi­cial Bris­tol City web­site: “The FA Cup is an im­por­tant one. Last sea­son we had a big run in the Carabao Cup, but we’re out of it this time, so it’s all about the FA Cup.

“We went out of it early last time, so we want to see how far we can go in the com­pe­ti­tion now.

“Com­pe­ti­tion for places is strong, whether there are changes or not, we have depth.

“The FA Cup is an­other great chance to test our­selves against Premier League op­po­si­tion and see what we can put to­gether.

“It’s an­other op­por­tu­nity to win a game in front of our own fans and we want to keep this win­ning run go­ing.

“The league is al­ways pri­or­ity, but the FA Cup is im­por­tant to keep the mo­men­tum.”

Mean­while, City are one of sev­eral clubs alerted to the avail­abil­ity of Sun­der­land striker Josh Maja.

The Robins scouted Maja ear­lier this sea­son but are just one of many suitors ex­pected to be in the chase for the 20-year-old’s sig­na­ture. Maja yes­ter­day re­jected Sun­der­land’s fi­nal con­tract of­fer with club chair­man Ste­wart Don­ald re­veal­ing that a busy Jan­uary is in progress.

The like­li­hood is that an auc­tion will now take place for the for­ward’s ser­vices, who has al­ready hit 15 goals this cam­paign.

Teams such in­clud­ing Manch­ester City are re­ported to be in the mix, mak­ing it un­likely that Bris­tol City may win his sig­na­ture un­less bet­ter first-team chances come to fac­tor heav­ily in Maja’s next move.

JMP/Ro­gan Thom­son

Bris­tolCity de­fender Bai­ley Wright

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