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In brief: Pre-Norwich City press conference

Lee Johnson met the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship encounter with Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The City head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with defender Joe Bryan.

Here's what they had to say:


- Boss thrilled with the performance of the players in the Carabao Cup success over Stoke City

- Johnson highlights the return of Matty Taylor as a huge bonus, which saw him score and provide an assist against the Premier League club

- City head coach isn't fussed who the club draw in round four but says "Man Utd away" is a popular shout in the dressing room

- Eros Pisano aiming to return to training on Friday but Johnson adds: "That could come too soon."

- Gary O'Neil still absent after third round of knee injections

- Johnson says there are a few players who are 50/50 to be involved at present, but he is keeping the details under wraps

- Boss thanks the Board for sanctioning a flight to Norwich this weekend to aid the players' recovery

- Johnson says team selection isn't too difficult because of the team's form in the league

- Head coach says the most difficult thing is leaving players out of the matchday squad


- Defender says confidence is very high in the camp

- Left-back reveals his late strike against Stoke clipped the post and jokes: "Bobby has been mad at me all day for not passing it to him"

- Bryan full of praise for his Bristolian team-mate, who is the team's top scorer at present with seven goals

- Bryan says Norwich are a "big club, who have spent a lot of money", adding that it comes with "big expectations"

- Defender feels the fixture list has never been more hectic and is pleased to be flying to Norwich this weekend