Mark Little: Bristol City schedule eased by team spirit

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Bristol City are currently second in the League One standings

Full-back Mark Little says Bristol City's heavy fixture schedule has been made easier because the players enjoy spending time together.

The Robins are pushing for League One promotion and are also still in the FA Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe will be the fifth of eight games to be played in the space of a month.

"We were away for a week last week but it makes it much easier when you're with lads you get on with," he said.

"I've been at clubs where there's a fight every two weeks but here it's the complete opposite.

"There will be a bit of bickering every now and again but that's because we care so much. Thirty seconds later it's forgotten and you're hugging each other.

"As long as that bond stays, and we get the job done at the end of the season, we can talk about this as the greatest group of lads we've ever seen."

One month, eight games, three competitions
3 Jan - Doncaster1-1 Bristol City (FA Cup)6 Jan - Gillingham 2-4 Bristol City (JPT)
10 Jan - Bristol City 4-0 Notts County (L1)13 Jan - Bristol City 2-0 Doncaster (FA Cup)
17 Jan - Scunthorpe away (L1)25 Jan - West Ham home (FA Cup)
29 Jan - Gillingham (JPT)1 Feb - Fleetwood home (L1)

City needed a replay against Doncaster to book an FA Cup fourth-round place against Premier League West Ham.

The game against the Hammers will be played on Sunday, 25 January - only four days before their Football League Trophy area final second leg against Gillingham.

After negotiating the two cup ties, Steve Cotterill's side will then face Fleetwood at home and fellow promoting chasers MK Dons away at the start of February.

Cotterill is currently working with a 19-man squad and Little says the players all understand there is still a need to rotate the team.

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Little relishing West Ham clash

"He rotates the team on merit and logic. He needs to do it to rest everyone's legs," said the 26-year-old former Peterborough man.

"If I'm not playing at all, or I'm on the bench, then it's disappointing from a personal view but I know that the person that's playing instead of me is a friend and I'm happy for them to be doing well.

"At other clubs, it certainly isn't that way. It's priceless."

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