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We'll Be Positive - Flitcroft

22 February 2013

Reds Manager David Flitcroft told the press his side will be ‘positive’ at Ashton Gate this Saturday against Bristol City.

City currently prop up the npower Championship, but have a decent home record, and will be keen to haul the Reds back nearer the bottom.

“We’re determined to go to Bristol and be as competitive as we have been,” said Flitcroft. “We will have the energy levels, that’s what I do know. We’re going to put in a real positive performance.

“Sean (O’Driscoll) is a great manager. What he did at Nottingham Forest, if any manager’s been let down, then it’s Sean.

“His team will get forward early. They’ve got some good players. But we’ll concentrate on us and how good a team we are.

“We’ve got good people in the dressing room and around it. We’re not getting carried away, it won’t happen, I won’t let it happen, I can guarantee that.

“There’s a dignity about what we’re trying to do.

“The celebrations after the recent games, you’ve got to celebrate them as players because they give you memories. It’s just a group of players that want to win together and celebrate that after a game.”

Reds striker Chris Dagnall is aiming for his tenth goal of the season, having struck three goals in his last two outings.

“Chris Dagnall, for me, is by far the hardest working player in the league, by a country mile,” Flitcroft continued.

“To actually put in a performance down at MK Dons, then again Tuesday night, it tells you what he’s about.

“The header (against Wolves) was superb - the way he twisted his body. Chris deserves everything he gets.”

The bad news for Flitcroft is that defender Scott Golbourne will miss the rest of the season with a tear on his knee, but will have midfielder Kelvin Etuhu available having recovered from a facial injury.

“My heart goes to him (Scott),” added Flitcroft. It’s an absolutely incredible loss. He’s been very consistent and has improved game by game.

“They’ll rebuild his knee. But when he comes back next season, he’ll have a summer programme he’ll be dedicated.

“We’ll have an incredible Scott Golbourne here next season.
on Barnsley See David's pre-match press conference

“Kelvin had a positive session with us in training. He’s chomping at the bit now. He was delighted that the team got the result on Tuesday but you could see he wanted to be a part of that. He’ll be involved on Saturday.”

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