Hiding haunts City stars

REVITALISED after their win over West Brom on Sunday, Bristol City come to Portman Road today (kick-off 3pm) expecting life to be tough.

Elvin King

REVITALISED after their win over West Brom on Sunday, Bristol City come to Portman Road today (kick-off 3pm) expecting life to be tough.

Assistant manager Keith Millen is aware that several members of the current City squad were involved in a 6-0 defeat on Suffolk soil two seasons ago.

“We know it is going to be a tough game,” said the former defender.

“They are a hard team to beat - they have had a lot of draws this year but have lost just two games at home.

“We know what they are about. They are two banks of four and hard to get through.

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“They are working hard for the manager. He seems to have turned it around, but they are not out of trouble - like a lot of teams.

“We are going there in a better frame of mind than if we had not got a result Sunday.”

The Robins have triumphed just twice away from Ashton Gate this term - at Barnsley in October and at Leicester in December.

“We have to be solid but we have to do better away from home,” added Millen.

“Our home form has been decent, but it is our away form we have to pick up on if we are to do anything this year.”

Millen concedes that the win over West Brom was a much needed shot in the arm.

“It lifted the whole club and it certainly lifted the players, staff and supporters,” he said. “It was a good performance against a good side.

“There had been a bit of doom and gloom about the place and I think that was an ideal game for us.

“You could see the lads' confidence wasn't great so to have that belief to go out there second half and turn it around was great.”

City's victory came courtesy of a switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation. The acquisition of targetman Chris Iwelumo has allowed Lee Johnson to support the attack from midfield while Danny Haynes has licence to use his pace down the right.

On-loan Wolves man Iwelumo gives City much needed presence up front - an aspect that Patrick Agyemang, among others, was unable to provide.

“We know what his strengths are,” said Millen. “There was no point bringing him in and playing a different game.

“We know he will at least make the defenders struggle to clear it and we know he can get on the end of crosses.”

Manager Gary Johnson has said that he doesn't want to tinker with his side although there are reports of sickness and injury affecting a few players.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce could be back after injury and former Town target Agyemang is back in light training.