ADEN Flint is expecting a hostile reception when he returns to former club Swindon Town with Bristol City this weekend but the centre-back says he has thick enough skin to deal with the occasion.
Flint left Town for their local rivals for a fee of £350,000 in the summer of 2013 and has since established himself as a regular starter for the side currently sitting top of League One.
He scored for City on his first return to Wiltshire – the 3-2 defeat to Swindon last season – and feels that he coped with the experience of playing in front of his former fans well.
With that behind him, Flint is confident he won’t be perturbed by whatever is thrown at him on Saturday.
He said: “I thought I dealt with it quite well last year and I don’t expect it to be any different this time. If they want to abuse me and give me stick, then they can and there’s not a lot I can do about that.
“It’s part and parcel of going back to a former club and it really doesn’t worry me. I’ve got a thick skin and I’ll just focus on my own game and performance and shut everything else out.
“The best way to respond will be to let my football do the talking and to get a result. That would be the best possible response.”
Meanwhile, Flint reckons Town and City will both go into the encounter “all guns blazing”, saying: “It was an end-to-end game at the County Ground last season and it was great for the neutral. I think we will be in for something similar on Saturday with both sides going all guns blazing.
“Both sides play the same way and I can see it being an open game with chances at both ends. We just have to make sure we defend and attack better than they do.
“Our focus has to be on keeping things tight and defending as a team. Because of the way Swindon play, we will concentrate on playing a pressing game and closing down quickly.
“We kept a clean sheet against Oldham the other week and we probably need to keep more of those. If we can get that side of the game right, then the rest should take care of itself.
“We know we have players who can create and take chances and, given the way Swindon play, I’m sure there will be opportunities for us.”