Striker Jon Stead expects Bristol City to go on the attack against Barnsley
Jon Stead expects Bristol City to be more of a presence in the attacking third of the pitch against Barnsley this weekend.
Not surprisingly, the Robins created precious few goal-scoring opportunities in games at promotion-chasing Cardiff and Crystal Palace earlier this week.
Forced to defend for long periods, they instead focussed on being organised, disciplined and difficult to break down.
But having lost both games 2-1, City badly need three points against in-form Barnsley and striker Stead anticipates a more attacking approach when the team return to BS3.
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He commented: “Obviously, we were a bit wary going away to teams like Cardiff and Crystal Palace, because they have players who can hurt you. We set up a bit differently to try and nullify them.
“But I’m sure things will be different on Saturday and there will be time for us to be a bit more composed on the ball.
“We have organisation and resilience and are reacting well to things that happen on the pitch.
“But on the flip side of that, we have to make sure we are calm and composed when we get the ball.
“We have to try and create a few more chances. Things are scrappy and, although we have been getting into good positions, we need something a bit more clear-cut in and around the opposition penalty area.”
Despite losing to Cardiff and Palace and returning to the foot of the table, Stead insists he and his team-mates took a number of positives from both games.
He said: “Looking from outside of the club at the last two results, it does not look like a great week for us. But we took some positives out of the Cardiff game and then some even better things came out of the Crystal Palace match.
“We changed a few things in the way we approached the game and stayed in the game. Palace battered Middlesbrough last weekend, but come anywhere close to doing that to us.
“Now we have to take the good things out of the last two games and put them into Saturday, which is a massive game for us.”