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James Crawley


Posted Friday, October 19th 2018

Johnson calls for a ‘bright and bubbly’ performance

Lee Johnson has emphasised the work City have undergone on the training pitches, as they prepare to get back to Sky Bet Championship action this weekend.

The last two weeks have also been a chance to recover, refresh the mindset and analyse as the season reaches its quarter-mark.

Next up for the Robins, following the conclusion of the international break, is a trip to Brentford on Saturday (October 20th, 3pm), where a win at Griffin Park would see them leapfrog their opponents.

“We’ve put in a mix of hard work, rest, technical and tactical work, which was needed over the international break” Johnson told

“We were hurting at the end of the last game (v Sheffield Wednesday). The return of Championship football is long-awaited and we want to get out there again.

“It was a disappointing result last time. There were good bits to our play, and we’ve had two weeks to work on the areas which we needed to brush up on.

“We’re an evolving side and I’m looking forward to seeing my players’ enthusiasm and brightness, after what we have worked on.”

City’s hosts are now under the management of head coach Thomas Frank, following the recent departure of Dean Smith to Aston Villa but Frank remains a familiar face in the Bees setup having previously worked as an assistant head coach.

“We know their style, their ethos and philosophy,” Johnson continued.

“They have a new manager but he worked under the same system as before. You wouldn’t expect loads of new ideas, especially as they have been doing well. We are both good sides but we need to be bright, bubbly and as enthusiastic as we can, in what will be a very good football match.”

City have sold out their away end allocation. Travelling fans have also been warned to expect delays en route to Griffin Park due to roadworks in the Brentford area.

Watch: Johnson previews Brentford clash