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El-Abd happy with Bristol City switch to back four

Adam El-Abd joins Bristol City

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Egyptian international defender expressed his deep pleasure with the Bristol City coach’s decision to change the playing formation to enable him to adapt to the team.

El-Abd made his move from his home team Brighton And Hove Albion FC in the English Championship to the League 1 team Bristol City in the last transfer window ending a long career with his old club where he has spent more than 10 years.

Bristol changed their playing formation from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 to suit the way El-Abd used to play on when he was in Brighton.

Speaking to the Bristol Post, the 29-year-old said: “Playing in a back three was something completely new to me. I’d just come into a new club after many years at Brighton and then had to get used to a different formation as well.

“I was unfamiliar with the lads, it was a lot to take on all at one go and it was difficult. But I thought the switch in formation to 4-4-2 helped us and the team definitely looked more compact as a result,” Adam stressed.

El-Abd continued: “We only conceded one goal and that was a brilliant strike from 30 yards that 49 time out of 50 would go over the bar.

“I feel happier in a back four and I feel the players around me are as well. We’ve had a hard job keeping the goals out, but I thought we were better in that respect on Saturday.

“If we stay organised, apply ourselves and have that little bit of luck you need, then we are capable of keeping clean sheets.”

While acknowledging the obvious firepower City have at their disposal, El-Abd insists his new team-mates will have to match Orient’s work ethic if they are to trouble the promotion-chasing Londoners.

He said: “There is no secret to Leyton Orient’s success this season. From one to 11, they work their nuts off!

“Russell Slade is renowned for getting his teams well organised and, when you get those two ingredients together, you are not going to be far off.

“But we have no reason to fear any team in this league, because player for player we are just as good. If we can be compact and stop conceding the kind of goals that have hurt us previously this season, then we have enough match-winners to return with a positive result,” Adam concluded.

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