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Posted Friday, August 30th 2019

‘Chance to show what we are about’ – Johnson

Lee Johnson and his players are excited to return to action at Ashton Gate following a strong run of results.

City have picked up two wins on the road against Derby County and Hull City, off the back of a 2-0 home victory against QPR the last time they entertained in BS3.

Johnson now wants his players “accelerate” their performances and Middlesbrough on Saturday lunchtime is the first opportunity to do just that.

Head Coach Johnson said: “I think we love playing at home, even more so when we’ve had two wins on the spin away and we are looking to develop the group again and accelerate the performance to where we want it to be.

“The lads have shown fantastic application attitude of course which we expect but at the same time again we want to show the home fans what we’re about and the new players in particular want to feel that buzz again, like they did against QPR.”

JOHNSON EXCITED FOR BS3 RETURN

Confidence is naturally high but there will be no resting on laurels, the players know nothing is win at the end of the first month of the season but it is certainly a good platform to build from.

Johnson added: “I do believe the players are in good spirits, I believe that individually they are coming into this game confident and obviously it’s important that we keep building on the level of performance, layer on layer and hopefully we can show that against a very good Middlesbrough side on Saturday.”

And Johnson addressed the competition within his squad, with an abundance of talent all fighting for those 11 starting places.

“Antoine Semenyo was excellent when he came on the other day (v Hull City) and that’s good, they’ve got to give me a problem and by playing well it gives me a problem.

“In one sense it is an embarrassment of riches but at the same time that’s what I get paid for and that’s the challenge – to make sure we put out a team that is consistent with our identity and our style and we win football matches. It’s a very, very tough decision but we know we’re competitive.

“As a team and as a fanbase we have got to have the mentality of we will play any team, anywhere, any time. Of course we all like the Saturday 3 O’clock because of tradition that follows that but in this modern day and age we have to adapt and I’m sure everybody will be up bright and early and ready in full voice for this game.”

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