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Posted Monday, November 26th 2018

Chance to be heroes again – Johnson

Lee Johnson has called on his players to believe in their game as they go in search of the three points against Ipswich Town.

City travel to Portman Road for the midweek fixture (November 28th, 7.45pm KO), where last year they secured an historic victory - a first win on Ipswich's turf for 39 years.

Johnson says City must keep positive despite recent results, although he felt his squad played with belief and showed their ability on Saturday, as Leeds United held out for their 2-0 win..

“I think we go into the next game very positive, we have to be,” the City head coach said.

“We’re a fantastic football club playing in a fantastic division. We’re mid-table and can go up or down. At this point is it glass half full or glass half empty? Sometimes after a couple of losses, or four as it is at the moment, it can be very negative, but it is up to the players to show that belief in our system and ability to go into this game on Wednesday and execute [our game] extremely well.

“I do think we did that against Leeds up until the game-changing decision (Josh Brownhill’s sending off) and that is why I was positive after that game because we need to be, moving into this next big game, as they all are, against Ipswich.”

The midweek encounter with the Tractor Boys comes just three days after the trip to Elland Road, meaning there is little time to dwell on negativity. Instead, the focus is on moving forward quickly.

Johnson said: “The great thing about football is you are judged every three days. The fact we have Ipswich on Wednesday is a good thing and I believe we can be heroes again.”

He added: “The players should have picked up confidence from that Leeds game and we have got to work hard to execute in the moments we have created through bits of good play and that’s what we’ll be looking to do on Wednesday.”

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