Banner image

In brief: Pre-Aston Villa press conference

Lee Johnson met the media ahead of Friday night's Sky Bet Championship clash with Aston Villa at Ashton Gate.

The City head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with midfielder Korey Smith.

Here's what they had to say:

LEE JOHNSON

- City one real injury concern but the head coach is keeping their identity a secret

- Matty Taylor's return at Watford was something Johnson pushed for

- Johnson says win at Watford was a great night for the club's younger players

- Boss delighted to get contracts signed by quartet of young starlets

- Johnson says he made the decision to bring Aden Flint back into the fold

- "Flinty didn't look rusty at all and his mind set was strong," adds Johnson

- Johnson says City have to play the current Villa team, not the "history of the club"

- Ashton Gate under the lights on a Friday - and live on Sky Sports - is something that excites the boss

- Johnson hasn't ruled out making one more addition to his squad before the deadline

KOREY SMITH

- Smith believes City's young players will receive a huge boost from the win at Watford

- Midfielder adds: "Having trained with these young guys day in, day out, I'm not surprised to see them performing like that in the first team."

- Smith delighted to get a good run in the team, after missing the opening stages of last season

- Vice-captain adds: "It's easy to go again on Friday when you've got over 20,000 inside Ashton Gate roaring you on."

INTERVIEWS ON BCTV

Latest News

✍️ Morgan pens new deal

✍️ Morgan pens new deal

Posted: Thursday, May 26th 2022

📖 2021/22: City remain a work in progress

📖 2021/22: City remain a work in progress

Posted: Thursday, May 26th 2022

📣 Semenyo earns Black Stars call-up

📣 Semenyo earns Black Stars call-up

Posted: Thursday, May 26th 2022

🗓  Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

🗓 Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

Posted: Thursday, May 26th 2022

Also from Bristol Sport

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend
Basketball icon

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend

The Matthew Bromley memorial basketball games will take place from 4pm on Saturday, May 28th at the SGS College Arena.

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th 2022 • Basketball

Season Ticket price increases after June 1st
Rugby icon

Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

Season Ticket prices go up after 5pm on Wednesday, June 1st so save by buying now.

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th 2022 • Rugby

Gate Guide: The Killers Concert
Stadium icon

Gate Guide: The Killers Concert

With just a few days to go until The Killers play at Ashton Gate, concert-goers are urged to take advantage of special event Shuttle Buses laid on to help get fans to and from the stadium.

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th 2022 • Stadium

The Killers Concert: Travel Information
Stadium icon

The Killers Concert: Travel Information

With just two days to go until The Killers play at Ashton Gate, concert-goers are urged to take advantage of special event Shuttle Buses laid on to help get fans to and from the stadium.

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th 2022 • Stadium

End of season awards 2021/22: who won what?
Rugby icon

End of season awards 2021/22: who won what?

Bristol Bears men held their End of Season Awards dinner at Ashton Gate on Sunday evening, with Joe Joyce's outstanding campaign recognised with three awards.

Posted: Monday, May 23rd 2022 • Rugby