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James Crawley

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Posted Monday, October 1st 2018

City to bring their high-energy game

Lee Johnson wants City to increase the tempo when they travel to face Rotherham United this week.

The Robins take on the Millers on Wednesday evening (October 3rd, 7.45pm kick-off), off the back of the 1-1 Friday night draw at home to Aston Villa.

The match allowed City to rest up over the weekend, before preparations resumed as normal on Monday morning.

"We’ve had a good amount of time to reflect and review, more importantly" Johnson said ahead of the trip to the New York Stadium.

"There were some brilliant elements, particularly in the first half, the way we penned Villa in; we didn’t give them much of a sniff but when we did it was down to not clearing the ball properly.

"We put good crosses in and we limited a very good set of individuals to nothing apart from the goal and that was the disappointing thing.

"But we rallied quite well and that stands us in good stead going into another important game, to try and be successful in it.

"We had the extra day and with this being a Wednesday it has been good to give the weekend to the lads.

"With a midweek game preparation differs slightly because the boys get a bit of extra rest of the weekend. A group went in to train and a group were off so hopefully that will stand us in good stead for Wednesday, to play with good energy.

"I expect a high-energy game, similar to the Wigan game where we worked our socks off for each other.

"They (Rotherham United) will be difficult to break down and they have threats but we concentrate on our own game and that is what was pleasing about our performance against Aston Villa. We showed the levels of desire and commitment that the supporters deserve and we need to take that mindset into Wednesday’s game because undoubtedly we will have a proportion of the game and we need to capitalise on that proportion."

'Players knocking on the door'

Johnson also discussed his selection headache ahead of the trip to Yorkshire and the balancing act he faces between introducing new blood and keeping consistency. 

"I think there are a few players knocking on the door and rightly so," the head coach said.

"A couple aren’t performing as well as they can but we believe in them. Naturally everybody wants to play and naturally you want to give everybody a chance but you have to be careful not to weaken cohesion or personnel."

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