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Posted Thursday, November 8th 2018

In brief: Preston North End (H)

Lee Johnson and Jamie Paterson preview City's home game against Preston North End. 

Here's what the pair said ahead of the Sky Bet Championship fixture this Saturday (November 10th, 3pm).

LEE JOHNSON

  • Johnson’s message to the players was “keep the faith and the belief because a lot of elements to our play have been very good. It’s an adjustment and improvement from last year. The dynamics have changed because the personnel have changed but we have different strengths.”
  • City have hit the post 10 times this season and “with a team containing eight new players who are evolving then we will continue to improve and get the results we want to go on another run of four or five games”.
  • In light of the recent financial results Johnson praised the Lansdown family for their continued support, saying: “I’ve got massive respect for that. The division is a really tough one to compete in and it’s expensive. You’d expect next year’s results to be different because of the sales of players (including home grown Academy products Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid). We are trying to move towards sustainability and we are not a million miles off with the players potentially coming through."
  • Jack Hunt trained on Wednesday after recovering from a rib injury prior which was aggravated during the Reading game.
  • Hakeeb Adelakun was in the selection mix for Preston North End potentially as an “impact player” but “lung capacity wise” he is not ready for a full game.
  • Bailey Wright has not yet trained with the squad and Frankie Fielding is recovering slowly from viral meningitis.
  • Johnson gave the City Board and Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton credit for signing Korey Smith until June 2020. He said they had done “the right thing” for a “big player for our squad” who has “put his body on the line for this football club” and that will be important to Smith when he gets back “fit and flying”.
  • Johnson is hoping to secure the future of Callum O’Dowda, saying: “I’m the biggest believer of Callum’s potential…and if there’s anyone you are willing to do well it’s him because of his attitude and the way he trains.”
  • He is also keeping an eye on future City first team players and attended the Weston-super-Mare v Torquay game which included Saikou Janneh, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Opi Edwards and George Nurse. “It’s important that players know the manager is keeping tabs on them because you can easily be out of sight and out of mind”. Johnson and City Loans Manager Brian Tinnion reinforce the belief that if they are “good enough there is a pathway to get into our first team.”

JAMIE PATERSON

  • Paterson said City are “being positive, sticking to a way of playing and going at it 100 per cent. We’ve got a great changing room and the lads are very together. It’s a long way to go in the season and we are maybe one or two wins away from the play-offs.”
  • He is enjoying his time at Bristol Cityy and has become a “real supporter of the club and you take it personally when you lose.”
  • Paterson praised the supporters who travelled to Reading adding "we were disappointed to send them home with zero points so we want to get our form going at home against Preston and send them home happy into the international break”.
  • Paterson said it was “not easy being in and out of the team” but there are “very good players in front and behind me…you want to play every minute of every game and it all to be perfect but that’s not football.”
  • Asked about the skills of the squad following his popular nutmeg video clip, Paterson highlighted the technical ability of Hakeeb Adelakun, Mo Eisa, Niclas Eliasson, Liam Walsh, Marlon Pack and Josh Brownhill as players who can “pull out a skill from nowhere.”