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Posted Wednesday, April 18th 2018

In brief: Pre-Hull City home press conference

Lee Johnson met the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Hull City at Ashton Gate.

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

Here's what they had to say:

LEE JOHNSON

- Johnson admits City must win all three remaining games to stand a chance of the play-offs.

- Head coach keen to give the fans a good performance and a good show.

- Johnson adds: “We’ve progressed this year, even if we don’t make it. Of course it would feel like we’ve lost something that might have been in our grasp.”

- He continues: “We’re ever-evolving and we continue to strive for that excellence.”

- Johnson says City haven't defended well enough in recent times.

- On Hull, Johnson says: “It was a shock how they began the season given the players they’ve got. Nigel Adkins has gone in there with his experience and has got them up the league a little bit.”

- Recalling the comeback 3-2 win at the KCOM Stadium, Johnson says the victory came at City's peak in terms of spirit and fight.

- Jamie Paterson has returned to training.

- Bailey Wright will be assessed ahead of the game.

- Loïs Diony has been suffering with a knee problem.

- Johnson says being named in a PFA Team of the Year is a "credit to Bobby and everyone who has coached him, past and present, at this football club”.

BOBBY REID

- Striker says it’s a huge honour to be named in the Team of the Year by players and managers.

- Reid pleased his hard work and dedication has been rewarded.

- “It’s been a crazy year for me and I don’t want it to end,” says the striker.

- Reid recalls meeting where Lee Johnson first floated the idea of switching his position to a striker.

- “I enjoyed it in midfield but maybe it didn’t get the best out of me,” he adds.

- Reid says he knew the switch was right in pre-season.

- Striker says hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday and the successive penalty at Manchester City are highlights of his season to date.

- Reid says players are targeting three wins to finish as high as possible and “give ourselves a chance”.

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