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READ | Richard targets winning return to Ashton Gate

2 February 2017

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READ | Richard targets winning return to Ashton Gate

2 February 2017

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Rotherham United goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell says he is looking forward to returning to Ashton Gate and his former employers to see some familiar faces on Saturday, but insists his main focus will be securing three points for his new club.

The Sheffield-born stopper, who has started between the sticks in every game for the Millers since joining the club in January, will take on his former colleagues for the first time and insists he and his teammates see it as an opportunity to put some points on the board.

“I've got a lot of close friends still at Bristol City, so it will be nice to go back there and play,” O’Donnell told

“Going back so soon after leaving is strange to be honest, but I'm looking forward to the game and we see it as one that we want to try and take three points from.

“We go into every game looking to win it and that goes without saying. Bristol City are going through a little bit of a tough time at the minute but they got a good result on Tuesday. It's a game that we feel we can get three points from, as we did on Tuesday night.”

The 28-year-old continued to add that believes he has seen enough ability within the Rotherham United camp since his arrival to think that the club can pull themselves away from the foot of the second tier table, whilst paying tribute to his teammates for making the settling in process to life in Rotherham an easy one.

“I really do and I was speaking to Hammy [Matt Hamshaw] about it earlier. I think there's enough in the group to get out of it and I genuinely believe that,” O’Donnell explained.

“We've got to have confidence in ourselves but there is more than enough in the group to pull away from it and getting a couple of wins would massively help us at the minute.

“It's been really good and the lads here have been different class. It's a great group to come into and they welcome you straight away. Being from around the area might have helped the process of settling in and it helps that you can hang around and be able to interact with the lads after training.”

“It's helped me integrate really well and I've played in the three games that I've been here for so far, so I'm just looking to continue that.”

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield ‘keeper finished by adding that he hopes Ashton Gate will prove a happy hunting ground for the Millers, but reiterated his fond feeling towards those connected with the Robins.

“We've got to go there with confidence and try and win some games,” O’Donnell said.

“Saturday is another chance for us to go and do that and hopefully it can be the start of a run.

“I did enjoy it and I had a good year there. I made a lot of friends, as did my wife and the kids and everything. I had a spell down there which I enjoyed and I had a good relationship with the fans and everyone involved with the club.

“It will be nice to go back and see some familiar faces."

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