Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Lee Tomlin is hoping history can repeat itself on Saturday.
The Bournemouth attacker has joined City on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 season with the aim of playing regular first team football and keeping the team in the Sky Bet Championship.
His last match for the Cherries came in the FA Cup against Birmingham City earlier this month, a 2-1 win, and his debut in the red of City could be against the same opponents at Ashton Gate this weekend.
“I did chuckle to myself when I saw that I could make my debut against Birmingham, having faced them for Bournemouth recently in the cup,” Tomlin told Bristol City Player HD in an exclusive first interview.
“I scored a penalty against them, so I’m sure Gary Rowett (Birmingham manager) won’t like that. For me it’s about getting back to playing regularly again.
“That was my first start since September and I played the whole game. All my running stats were good so I feel fit, if called upon, to play on Saturday.”
One look around the ever-growing Ashton Gate told Tomlin how important it is for City to remain in the second tier this season, ready for the opening of the fully-redeveloped 27,000-seater stadium in August.
“You can see what’s happening at the club with the stadium redevelopment. I want to come here and help keep the club up because it would be massive for Bristol City,” he added.
“It’s all happened very quickly. I found out yesterday that the club (Bournemouth) had accepted an offer for me to come here on loan and play games.
“Obviously I get frustrated when I don’t play games but the lads have been flying at Bournemouth and I wish them all the best.”
Tomlin, who is good friends with Mark Little from his Peterborough United days, added: “I want to get back to the performances I was putting in for Middlesbrough last season and build on my appearances in the Premier League with Bournemouth in this campaign.
“I want to enjoy my football; hopefully I can help create and score a few goals during my time here.
“I’ll work hard and be a team player. I want to keep this club up.”