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MARKUS SCHOPP PREVIEWS BRISTOL CITY CLASH

28 October 2021

The Head Coach looks ahead to Saturday's trip against the Robins.

PLAYER AVAILABILITY

“First of all, it’s so important to have them so close to getting back. We know that a couple of them have been injured for a long time, then some were injured, came back, then were back out again. 

“But right now, almost all of the lads are out there taking part in the training sessions. A couple of the guys are a bit more protected still, but we are certainly on a different level to what we were a few weeks ago.

“Carlton Morris still needs a bit of time, but Mads Andersen is really close now. But Josh Benson, although he’s back on the field, it’s a little soon we think. It’s all looking better though. Romal Palmer trained for the last couple of days, and Jordan Williams has been training all week. It’s been positive.

“But we have a very intense week in front of us, three really important games. So we have to be smart. We don’t want to bring someone back too early and lose them again, not at this point.”

MORE FORWARD OPTIONS

“We want this kind of competition. We want different options in the forward positions. I am really happy for Victor Adeboyejo because he’s investing a lot. I know he hasn’t scored, but he gives us a lot while he’s on the field. 

“It was good that Devante Cole and Aaron Leya Iseka got their goals, they had a positive impact in the last game. And it’s important for us to have a number of different players to call upon now.

“We’ll look to make our final decisions tomorrow.”

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WOODROW PRE-ROBINS

28 October 2021

ON HIS FUTURE

“I know what we are going through, and I know people will be watching the results and wondering how can a manager in this position still be here. But in the inner circle, we know what we are facing. 

“For the last couple of months we’ve had so many issues, but now, we are starting to see the Barnsley we expected, in terms of having nearly all of our players available. 

“I think the responsible people knew the issues, and they know the tough times we’ve been facing as players and staff.

“I’m pretty sure that we will turn this around.”

CONVINCING THE FANBASE

“That’s my goal - to win them around.

“When you have a record like I do right now, this many games and not winning, it’s only logical that the fans are going to point out that the issue is the manager. 

“That’s how it works. But that’s my first goal, to start winning. Then, when the fans see that, and they see what we are doing in a good way, then they’ll understand more. 

“But we must work to get to that point. I still believe in this squad and in what we are doing and if we all work together, the results will come for us.”

ON BRISTOL CITY

“I don’t want to look too much at the other team and their previous results. We’ve done that already, with teams who were struggling before we played. 

“And anyway, everybody will be looking at us and seeing that we are struggling. So it’s much more about us, and what we can do. 

“We know Bristol City is a team with quality, they’re a very flexible side but we know where we as a team can hurt them, in and out of possession. 

“We have been working on things all week and we have a good plan in our minds.

“I want to see us start the game on Saturday in the same manner we ended the last match - full of energy, creativity and to get right at our opponent.”

 


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