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James Crawley

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Posted Thursday, August 23rd 2018

In brief: Pre-Swansea City away

Lee Johnson and Josh Brownhill issued their pre-match thoughts as City prepare to take on Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship.

Below is a summary of what they had to say.

LEE JOHNSON

  • On recruiting Tomas Kalas in a season-long loan, the head coach says City have been able to compete with the "big boys at big tables"
  • Kalas presents more competition for places in defence which in turn gives the squad a boost
  • Johnson confirmed Kalas is available for selection v Swansea on Saturday
  • He thanked Chelsea for agreeing to the loan deal
  • Johnson is pleased with the performances of keeper Niki Mäenpaää, with Frank Fiedling still around seven weeks away from returning
  • He acknowledged Swansea's good start to the season but said his own side will need to impose themselves on their opposition
  • He enjoyed the grittiness which City displayed on Tuesday night v QPR adding his side did the basics well
  • Johnson described Swansea as a "good club" with a "good model"
  • He would encourage interested cubs to approach Taylor Moore for a loan move, who he has seen bounce back from a recent ankle injury
  • Injury latest: Fielding still seven weeks away from returning, Nathan Baker won't be put under pressure - he has had an injection and will be assessed over the next 24 hours.

JOSH BROWNHILL

  • Swansea presents a chance to kick-on following City's first win at QPR
  • He felt City didn't start well at Loftus Road but the opening goal came at the right time
  • He battled well, as did the rest of the team, to win the game in a different manner
  • The win and performance on Tuesday was in aid of Korey Smith
  • He's aiming to see City go on a run of wins but acknowledged how difficult that can be in the Championship
  • Brownhill says he is an "experienced youngster"
  • He feels most confident in central midfield but has learnt a lot from his time in wide positions
  • He said City are not frightened by anyone in the division and the nine new signings give the team added confidence

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