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Askou happy with quality in reserve

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:29 06 July 2010

Jens Berthel Askou says City can cope with any changes in personnel that are thrown at them - because of the quality that manager Paul Lambert has available.

Jens Berthel Askou says City can cope with any changes in personnel that are thrown at them - because of the quality that manager Paul Lambert has available.

The Dane has been a permanent fixture at the heart of the defence since Lambert arrived - even though he has had three different playing partners.

With City hit by a collection of injuries ahead of the trip to Gillingham tonight, he may find the back four changes yet again.

"It's not going to affect me a lot," he insisted. "We have enough quality players to step in when somebody is out with injury or bookings so it's not a problem."

Michael Spillane and Jon Otsemobor are definitely out, both suffering with hamstring injuries, and while Korey Smith has stepped into the breach, Lambert may have other plans at right-back.

Adam Drury has played every league match alongside Askou, but missed the Carling Cup defeat by Sunderland and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Brentford - which suggests he might be a candidate for a rest tonight.

Spillane, the recalled Gary Doherty and the injured Michael Nelson have all played in the middle with Askou, who has coped with every change in his formidable stride.

"I have enjoyed playing with all of them," he said. "They are all good players and quality players. They have different qualities, but as I said, defence, midfield, attack or goalkeeper it doesn't matter who's playing, we have enough quality players to step in when somebody is out.

"I just enjoy playing and whoever is next to me it is not a big issue."

City go into the match in a rich vein of form, but Askou insists Gillingham will be smarting from the recent league encounter when 10-man City equalised in time added on.

"It is never going to be easy, but hopefully we won't get a knock as we did last time when we had the goalkeeper sent off," he said. "It was a big blow and shook us up and it was a tough game playing one man down.

"I think we started very well against Gillingham and we have played the same kind of football the last two games and I hope we keep that up, bit it is never going to be easy.

"They are probably going to be hungry to beat us after having almost succeeded the last time we visited them, so it is going to be a tough game.

"At the moment it is going very well. We have had two fantastic wins and played in front of almost 50,000 fans in the last two games. It's been amazing and hopefully we can keep riding that wave.

"We are looking to climb the league table and the faster we can do that the better, so the more games we can play the better."

Askou is playing behind a team that is scoring goals for fun - and says he loves it.

"When we pass the ball as well as we did on Saturday it gets a lot easier for us at the back just to keep a high line and take the ball down whenever they get it again," he said. "It was a fantastic game and it's a pleasure playing in the defence when we keep the ball as much as we do."

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