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SWINDON TOWN: Flint relishing clash with Ranger
ADEN Flint is looking forward to testing himself against the physical prowess of Nile Ranger when he returns to the County Ground with Bristol City this afternoon.
The defender has endured a difficult start to his time at Ashton Gate following his £350,000 move from Swindon Town in June, with City currently sitting in the League One relegation zone.
It is unlikely to get any easier for the 24-year-old today as he comes face to face with Town’s impressive number nine who, after two games without a goal, will be looking to find the net in a crunch local derby.
Flint, who has been struggling with a stomach strain this week, believes he is up to the test but he knows how stringent Ranger’s examination will be.
“Nile Ranger is a good player and he has been in the Premiership and the Championship. It’s going to be a battle and a difficult test for me, but it’s one I’m relishing,” he said.
“We’ve spoken about Ranger and what he does for Swindon and we are going to have to try and stop the ball being played into him.
“Swindon have a sitting midfielder who gets on the ball and we are going to have to press them all over the pitch. We will have to get in their faces and press them right from the start of the game and hope to disrupt the way they play.”
A fragile atmosphere exists at Ashton Gate at present, with City winless in the league since March and the pressure being heaped on manager Sean O’Driscoll.
However, Flint feels one win will kick start a renaissance down the M4.
“Our biggest priority right now is to get our first league win and three points,” he said.
“Once we get that first League win, the confidence will be buzzing throughout the team.
“It’s important to try and keep a clean sheet, but the result is more important.
“We’ve not had the best of starts and we know that. But the season is a marathon, not a sprint and, if we can get that first win, then we will build momentum and kick on.
“The boys are desperate for that first win to take some of the pressure off.”
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