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Posted Thursday, September 19th 2019

'Home form just as important as away' - Johnson

Lee Johnson has urged the supporters to get behind the squad in what he describes as "an extended derby" at home to Swansea City this Saturday.

Second-placed Swansea have glided gracefully at the start of the season, falling to their first defeat under Steve Cooper against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Johnson's side are six unbeaten in the Championship and sit two places behind the Swans ahead of the fixture at Ashton Gate.

It all makes for an exciting encounter as City return to BS3 with the aim of maintaining their incredible away form and converting that into positive home results.

Johnson said: "I'm really looking forward to coming home again, I've enjoyed the atmosphere this season. I think the boys have performed excellently away from home but we always want to entertain a home crowd and with over 22,000 City fans with Swansea bringing their fair share as well, it will create an outstanding buzz.

"The extra support, in this case 2-3,000 makes the difference. We're ready, we're focused and we're looking forward to putting in a good display.

"It's what I call an extended derby. Logistically with where the clubs are, demographically with the supporters they play an important part in this. Last year it was probably the most intense atmosphere at a home game. It spilled over and nobody wants to see that of course, but it was an old-school match and on the pitch it's our job to entertain in our way and play the dynamic football we're after.

"Swansea are the same, the way they play sets this up nicely for an entertaining Championship match."

"I'm really looking forward to coming home again, I've enjoyed the atmosphere this season. I think the boys have performed excellently away from home but we always want to entertain a home crowd."

Head Coach Lee Johnson

No other club from the top four tiers of English football has picked up more points away from home in 2019. The Robins join Manchester City with 30 points in the calendar year and Johnson says that is largely down to his players stepping up to the occasions.

The City Head Coach continued: "I'm very pleased with current form, we want wins. It's all very well going unbeaten but wins are important. We have had big injuries and i've been pleased with the players who have stepped up. Han-Noah Massengo for example has just turned 18 so to put in the performances that he has is fantastic. We still have a few others to come in and make their mark.

"Home form is as important as away form, if not more-so, because we want to create the feeling that we are intimidating to play against here and the crowd stick with us at home.

"I go back to the QPR game where the home fans were outstanding and deserved the win for that one. Going int o this game, it's going to have that derby feel and the supporters should never underestimate their influence on a result."

Johnson says he has a squad with the "right balance" between confidence and not being complacent and added: "I'm looking forward to the weekend and hopefully the boys will produce a similar performance to those we have seen in many games this year."

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