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Posted Thursday, January 10th 2019

‘A match of youth v experience’ – Johnson

Lee Johnson is relishing seeing his side take on an experienced Bolton Wanderers this weekend, as City look to stretch their unbeaten run to double figures.

The head coach has praised his players for their good form and knows they can’t let complacency creep in.

The Robins are currently 11th in the Sky Bet Championship, just five points from the play-offs, heading into Saturday’s home fixture with Phil Parkinson’s Bolton.

Johnson said: “We’re approaching the league game as all the others. We’re looking forward to a home game, we’re in good form and we must stay vigilant and concentrate on the task.

“Bolton are a good, well-organised and experienced side. We’re a young, inexperienced side so it will be interesting to test ourselves against that experience.

“Focus should be easy to maintain on a good run. The players are feeling good, confident and in good spirit. The challenge is to make sure that doesn’t cross into complacency because when it does, it catches you out quickly but we want the players to be confident, trust each other and their training.

“It’s good we’re going into this game with confidence and energy.”

Bolton return to BS3 in two weeks’ time for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie, following City’s earlier triumph over Huddersfield Town at Ashton Gate last weekend.

And Johnson believes City can take confidence from their improved home form as he prepares to go up against the Wanderers.

“We love playing at home, particularly when the feeling is good around the place. We got a good win against a Premier League side in the FA Cup, and we have two home games against Bolton. All games we want to win but particularly at home and we want to win them with our identity and style.

“I’ve played against Parky’s (Parkinson) sides many times and they are always very tough encounters. He’s a good manager, they are organised disciplined, and he likes experienced players. It’s up to us to try and get in behind them and work them as hard as we can.

“We have to make them defend as much possible but of course they have threats and will make us defend. When they do, we must be resolute and deal with their dangermen.”

City v Bolton kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday (January 12th). Sign up to become a Forever Bristol City member to claim a free ticket for the game.

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