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I believe in this squad - Johnson

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson says his team will have to be tough as they prepare to host Premier League opposition again.

City's attentions turn to the Carabao Cup after a disappointing result in the Championship against Leeds United at the weekend.

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace stand in the way of City's first League Cup quarter-final appearance since 1989 and Johnson is relishing the occasion.

City have already beaten Plymouth, Watford and Stoke City in their Carabao Cup run this season.

Speaking to BCTV, Johnson said: "It was disappointing on Saturday. You get that feeling of shame when you put in a performance like that off the back of a very good run, so luckily we are able to wipe this off the board and move on quickly to this big game on Tuesday night.

"I've just heard the crowd is going to be more than 18,000 which is amazing as I wasn't expecting that. We expect 12,000 or 13,000 for a cup game but it just goes to show the boys are under pressure to put on a good performance.

"We need to show our strength, our aggression and desire to go get in the box and get our head on things. I was disappointed with that element of our game on Saturday and I thought we were a bit soft but we can build a team now that's tough.

"Yes we've had to make a couple of changes and the overall team performance wasn't enough, so it's an opportunity to show ourselves, give our best and put our bodies on the line because that's the mentality that we want in our players and team performances."

"Luckily we are able to wipe this off the board and move on quickly to this big game on Tuesday night."

Lee Johnson

Johnson added: "The fans are always important, home and away. We always mention the support we get and like I have said, I have played here at Ashton Gate as the underdog and there is nothing better. The lads have put in a great shift for everybody; for the fans, for me and I was gutted on Saturday because that would have been a big win for us.

"You have to bounce back. We know we have good players and I love my squad, they are a great bunch of lads. I have all the tools so I can go with tall or smaller men up front, I can adapt my formation easily, they have energy, so I like my squad for where we are and I believe in them. Yes they have to be told when they don't perform but they know they are just one game away from being heroes again."


Striker Milan Djuric (groin) continues to edge even closer to a full recovery, after getting 45 minutes under his belt in the U23's 3-0 win against Millwall. The boss said he could feature in some capacity.

Jamie Paterson (illness) returned to Failand for training on Monday and could also feature on Tuesday but the cup contest will come too soon for Korey Smith (hamstring) and Nathan Baker (knee).


The City striker was sent off in Saturday's clash against Leeds which automatically bans him for City's next three games. The club has appealed Oliver Langford's decision and is waiting to hear back from the Football Association regarding its decision.

Can City make it three wins from three against Premier League opponents in the cup?