McAllister relishing scrap

Robins defender wants to focus on promotion push next season

Jamie McAllister: Bristol City defender would prefer to push for promotion but is relishing survival scrap

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Bristol City defender Jamie McAllister hopes that this season's relegation battle will be the last the club experience for some time.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed numerous successes during his five-and-a-half year stay at Ashton Gate, including promotion from League One and reaching the Championship play-off final.

This season the Robins hang precariously above the relegation zone with just a single point for comfort, but the experienced full-back concedes that their struggles have ensured an exciting and nervy end to the season.

"It is exciting, but you'd rather be up the other end of the table and be excited about getting into the play-offs or automatic promotion places," McAllister told Sky Sports.

Kick on

"Everyone wants to be in the Premier League at the end of the day and we are no different, but we've put ourselves into the position that we are in this season and it is one we are more than capable of getting out of with the quality we have within the squad here.

"Once we've confirmed our Championship status we can then look to kick on next year and focus on events at the other end of the table again.

"We just want to focus on ourselves because if we keep winning and putting points on the board then we'll be safe.

"It is still in our hands and we've got enough games from now till the end of the season to make sure that we are as far away from the relegation zone as possible.

"We don't want to look over our shoulders anymore, but look ahead and aim to finish as high up as possible."