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Posted Tuesday, March 27th 2018

In brief: Pre-Barnsley away press conference

Lee Johnson met the media ahead of City's Good Friday clash with Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship.

City's head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with Jamie Paterson.

Here's what they had to say:

LEE JOHNSON

  • The head coach says his side will move into the final eight games of the regular season full of endeavour, enthusiasm and energy following the international break.
  • Hordur Magnusson hasn't taken part in any games for Iceland due to the injury he sustained against Ipswich Town.
  • Bailey Wright, Lloyd Kelly, Gustav Engvall, Joe Morrell and Rory Holden have all been away with their respective countries at different age levels, something the City boss is extremely proud of.
  • Johnson enjoyed his time at Barnsley and was pleased to see them win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and gain promotion to the Championship.
  • The head coach is unsure what to expect as José Morais has tried a few formations of late but insists his side must focus on their own game.
  • Oakwell is a difficult place to visit as a player and coach, according to Johnson.
  • Callum O'Dowda is "chomping at the bit" to get going and is likely to feature for the Under-23s in the coming days.
  • Matty Taylor is expected to return to first team training at the start of next week.

JAMIE PATERSON

  • Paterson spent the international break back at his family home, resting for the season run in.
  • The attacker knows none of the remaining games will be easy and says "the play-offs are still in our hands".
  • Paterson believes the squad have more than enough quality to finish in the top six and gain promotion.
  • City's Good Friday trip to Oakwell will be a "tough test" according to Paterson.
  • He continues: "Oakwell is a difficult place to play and Barnsley have several good players."
  • The reverse fixture (a 3-1 win on the opening day) has no significance in Paterson's eyes and Friday's match has a lot more riding on it for both sides.
  • Paterson is pleased to see players returning to full fitness to bolster the squad but is focused on retaining his place in the starting XI.

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