Bristol City's Cole Skuse: We can make statement by beating Blackburn
COLE Skuse believes Bristol City will send out a powerful message if they become the first team to beat Championship title favourites Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.
Outside of Bristol, pundits and bookmakers alike have been quick to dismiss City's prospects, many tipping the Robins to be embroiled in another fight against relegation.
But midfield powerhouse Skuse insists that will all change if City follow up recent home victories over Crystal Palace and Cardiff by defeating a team that was in the Premier League just a few months ago.
The Bristolian said: "This is one of those games where we can make a real statement. If Bristol City beat Blackburn, it will definitely make people sit up and take notice. I think it will change the way they look at us.
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"People have been quick to write us off and I've hear a lot of commentators and fans tipping us to be relegated this season.
"I thought when we beat Cardiff 4-2, those people would start taking us seriously, but it seems they are still not convinced. I'm sure it will be entirely different if we beat a team like Blackburn and send out a message to the rest of the division. They are unbeaten this season, but that makes them a scalp and we'll be looking to become the first side to beat them."
Big-spending Blackburn boast several internationals and a wealth of Premier League experience – but Skuse insists he and his team-mates will not fear the Lancashire outfit.
He said: "Blackburn have spent a lot of money and have brought in some really good players, such as Jordan Rhodes and Danny Murphy.
"They have quality running throughout their squad and will, quite rightly, be expected to go straight back up to the Premier League. We know this is going to be a really tough game, probably our toughest of the season so far, but it is a challenge we are all looking forward to.
"This is one of those games the fans looked for when the fixtures first came out and it's one we can all feel excited about. We certainly won't fear Blackburn and, if we play anything like we did against Cardiff in the last game here, we will cause them problems."
City manager Derek McInnes remains in the loan market for a centre-half, but is unlikely to add to his squad until after the weekend.
He said: "I'm still confident I will get a loan player in, but whether it is for this weekend, we will have to wait and see. I have my doubts about that, but we are still actively trying to bring a centre-half in."
Former Auxerre winger Omar Kossoko continues to train with City in the hope he can impress McInnes and earn himself a contract.
The 24-year-old Frenchman showed up well in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Bristol Rovers in midweek, scoring a goal in a resounding 7-0 win, and he is set to remain in Bristol over the weekend.
McInnes said: "He is a player who was brought to our attention a couple of weeks ago when he was on trial at Crystal Palace. We watched a couple of games, he showed up well and we asked his agent if we could have a look at him.
"He has trained well this week and played well in the game on Tuesday. He is here for the week and he will not be the only triallist we look at between now and the next transfer window."