'Sheffield Wednesday might be complacent' - Bristol City assistant boss cranks up mind games ahead of Hillsborough clash

Jamie McAllister has begun the mind games ahead of Bristol City's trip to Sheffield Wednesday, claiming the Owls "might be a bit complacent" after their big win over Nottingham Forest.

By Dom Howson
Sunday, 1st December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 4:17 pm

Wednesday head into Sunday's televised meeting at Hillsborough in high spirits after thumping promotion rivals Nottingham Forest last time out. Garry Monk's side recorded their biggest victory of the season, cruising to 4-0 triumph at the City Ground after first half goals from strikers Jordan Rhodes (3) and Steven Fletcher.

The result saw the Owls leapfrog the Robins in the standings and move into the Championship play-off positions.

Speaking to Bristol Live, Robins assistant head coach McAllister said: "I think it’s a good time to play them (Wednesday). They will be confident and they might be a bit complacent so it's up to us.

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"But it’s what we do. We’ve got to focus on us and if we can perform the way that we can, then we can beat anyone in the league.

"If we get our game right on Sunday - and we respect where they are in the league and that they’re in a good vein of form - ultimately it’s up to what we do. If we perform the way we can, then we've got a good chance of winning the game."

Lee Johnson's Bristol side have slipped to seventh, a point and two places behind Wednesday, after back-to-back home defeats to Millwall and Blackburn Rovers.

"The last two results have been disappointing but we don’t want to focus too much on that," said McAllister. "It has been a great start to the season.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson and his coaching staff complains to the linesman and fourth official about a decision. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

"We are in a good place and there are a lot of games coming up - four in 11 days - and a lot can happen then. If we go and win the next four, it’s an unbelievable start.

"We’ve got to put it right on Sunday, make sure that everything we have worked on this week comes out and we put in a performance that makes the Bristol City fans who are travelling on Sunday proud and we get back on track."