No room for sentiment for Bristol boy Skuse

Cole Skuse leaves the pitch with his knee well iced after injuring it at Leeds

Cole Skuse leaves the pitch with his knee well iced after injuring it at Leeds

In an ideal world, Cole Skuse would like both Ipswich Town and Bristol City to win tomorrow.

Unfortunately for the Town midfielder, such an outcome is impossible as the pair meet in a Championship clash at Portman Road.

Bristol born-and-bred, there is little doubt where Skuse’s allegiances lie now, despite his love for his home-town club.

“Business is business,” declared the 29-year-old, who was at Ashton Gate for 17 years before joining Town in the summer of 2013.

“I’m really looking forward to it, I was there from a young boy until the age of 27.

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“I was a Bristol City supporter as a boy and your team is always your team.

“They’re (Bristol) looking to come to our patch to upset us and we (Ipswich) will do our upmost to get the three points.”

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Skuse, who sat among the Robins’ fans during their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success last season, is optimistic for both clubs this season – despite Bristol’s slow start (the Robins sit 23rd in the Championship) in their new surroundings following promotion last term.

“From a playing and from a fans’ point of view, an ideal season would be for us to finish in the top two and for Bristol to finish one place out of the relegation zone,” he continued.

“They’ve had a tough start considering how they romped the league last year, but I’m sure that they’ve got enough to get themselves out of trouble.”

Skuse will have an abundance of family and friends in attendance tomorrow, and admits some friendly pre-match messages have been exchanged.

“There’s been a bit of banter, nothing too severe!” continued the midfielder, who used to watch the Robins home and away, growing up.

“My mum and dad come to every game, my brother comes to most when he’s not playing, but there will be more friends and family coming up for this game.

“I’m sure when we go there (Ashton Gate), they’ll have their own stand!

“From a club point of view, it’s a bit different because I don’t know a lot of people there now, a lot has changed in the short period since I’ve left.”

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