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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Wednesday, September 12th 2018

In brief: Pre-Sheffield United (H)

Head coach Lee Johnson and forward Marley Watkins look ahead to City's home fixture with Sheffield United.

Below is a summary of what he had to say ahead of Saturday's (September 15th, 3pm kick-off) Sky Bet Championship clash.

Lee Johnson

  • Discussing new training facilities at Failand, Johnson said it is something the entire City needs
  • He believes it will help local players go on to perform at the "elite level" and it can help City reach the Premier League
  • The City head coach had high praise for Marley Watkins, saying he is a trustworthy player who works extremely hard for the team 
  • The challenge now after the international break is to find the momentum
  • He is looking forward to a "top-six, big game" when the Blades travel to BS3 this weekend
  • He anticipates an "open, attacking game" but he's not frightened by their strengths
  • He "has a lot of respect" for Sheffield United and sees similarities in their setup
  • Johnson says both sides have added to the depth of their squads and the game could be "a marker going forward"
  • He said Tyreeq Bakinson is playing well and he is delighted the midfielder has scored his first league goal out on loan
  • All players who have returned from international duty have reported back unscathed
Marley Watkins scores his first City goal

Marley Watkins

  • He said it felt great to score last time out (in the 4-1 win v Blackburn Rovers) and he hopes it will give him added confidence 
  • Watkins saw the international break as a "positive" and refreshing"
  • He said City have to keep pushing and not get complacent after three wins on the bounce
  • He described City as a "special club" in "a special city"
  • The winger was able to get some time away to rest up during the international 
  • Lee Johnson is "right up there" as one of the most influential managers

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