Friday, 11 February 2011
A HAPPY RETURN FOR UNITED BOSS?
While United haven't played at Ashton Gate since pre-season 2003 - and haven't played there in the league for over 30 years - the venue is a place that holds special memories for the manager.
"I got my first taste in management there," he recalled.
"I was at Blackpool and was caretaker manager for one game right at the end of the season after Steve McMahon went. We had a teenage goalkeeper who had a great game.
"I always enjoy going there to be honest. There's usually a good atmosphere, it's a good playing surface, and we're looking forward to it."
United beat City 3-1 at Elland Road back in November when Luciano Becchio struck a 17-minute hat-trick to secure the points.
City are currently 18th in the table, and their season has been dogged by inconsistency. They were 4-0 winners at Preston last weekend, but have tasted home defeats to both Swansea (2-0) and Middlesbrough (4-0) already this year.
Their last goal came on January 3 in a 2-2 draw at QPR and their last goal at Ashton Gate came two days earlier when promotion chasing Cardiff were beaten 3-0.
"I think Bristol City were one or two peoples dark horses at the start of the season," said Grayson.
"They lost Steve Coppell early on and Keith Millen likes to try and play football.
"They have some decent players. Pitman has made the step up from Bournemouth and Andy Keogh has gone in there from Wolves.
"They changed their shape a couple of times last weekend and we've been working on different scenarios this week because you have to be able to adapt if you need to.
"It's a tough ground and it'll be another sell-out and we'll go there looking to get a good result."