Albert Adomah's return brings out the best in Bristol City star Paul Anderson
Bristol City winger Paul Anderson reckons the return of Albert Adomah is bringing out the best in him.
Having spent the first half of the npower Championship campaign playing second fiddle to the Ghana international, Anderson had to wait for Adomah to jet off to the African Cup of Nations finals in South Africa before being afforded a run of games in the first team.
And the former Nottingham Forest star has seized his opportunity with both hands, starting all eight games since Sean O’Driscoll was appointed head coach in January.
Adomah returned last month after helping the Black Stars reach the semi-finals and has since had to bide his time, being left on the bench for two out of the last three games.
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Increased competition has motivated Anderson to rediscover his best form and the Leicestershire-born winger is expected to start against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.
He told The Post: “Albert is a great player and has been really good for the club over the last couple of seasons.
“Having someone of his ability breathing down your neck definitely keeps you on your toes.
“Albert has come back from the African Nations Cup now and he wants to play. But I’m just concentrating on my own performances and trying to make sure I play as well as I can.
“Albert going away gave me my opportunity and I’m the man in possession at the moment. I’d like to think my performances have been good enough to warrant me keeping the shirt.
“If Albert is called upon and I’m relegated down to the bench, I’ll still be happy so long as the team is doing the right thing and we are winning.
“Hopefully, I will be playing in the next few weeks but, if the team are getting the right results, then that is all that really matters.”
Left on the sidelines for the final few months of his time at Forest, Anderson again had to be patient after signing for City last summer.
He found playing three games in a week took a toll on his body when City met Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Barnsley in the space of eight days.
But his match fitness has improved and he is now confident that, if called upon to face Blackpool, Brighton and Middlesbrough in the next week, he will be able to do himself justice.
He explained: “I had a very frustrating first three or four months to the season and it’s nice to finally be playing.
“I feel that, when my opportunity came along, I played fairly well and took it.
“I’ve given my all in every game and playing so many games in a row is something I have had to get used to again.
“When I played three games in a week last month, it was the first time I had done that in over a year. I’ve had to work on my match fitness and it has been tough.
“I felt great in the two games at Cardiff and Crystal Palace, but then struggled in the second half against Barnsley and had to go off.
“It’s a bit of a mental block as well and I now have confidence in my body and know I can last three games in a week. I feel great now and I’m sharp. I’d love to play three times in a week more often if the gaffer picks me.”