'Victim' - What Liam Manning expects from thrown in Bristol City man in FA Cup match v Nottingham Forest

The ex-Brighton left back makes his first start since October
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Liam Manning says he's looking forward to seeing how Haydon Roberts performs in Bristol City's FA Cup fourth-round replay against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

The defender hasn't featured for the Robins since Manning took over last year, due to injury and Cam Pring's impressive form.

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Pring, though, is suspended for the match at the City Ground, so Roberts is given his opportunity to impress.

“He’s a little bit of a victim of circumstances," Manning said pre-match to BBC Radio Bristol. "When we came in he was injured and it took him a little while to get back, people have also performed well and are in a bit of credit so he's had to be patient.

"That’s why we talk to the lads a lot about being ready so when they do get the opportunity they can grab it, making sure physically you look after yourself every day, tactically you still understand what we're doing and we do a good job of coaching everybody, I'm looking forward to seeing how he responds tonight."

Roberts is one of four changes from City's defeat to Leeds United last time out, as Andy King, Anis Mehmeti and Sam Bell also come in.

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Matty James is only fit enough for a place on the bench, but his manager insisted that it is simply precautionary after the veteran has been struggling slightly lately.

“Jamo knows his body well and he’s pushing through it but it's just such a relentless period that we've had and what we've got coming up, that we have to be a little bit careful. He probably could’ve pushed through it but at the same time, we have to look after him a little bit."

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