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Posted Friday, December 7th 2018

Johnson calls for performance with 'heart and spirit'

Lee Johnson has called on his players to play with “heart and spirit” for their trip to St Andrew’s this weekend.

The head coach believes it was that kind of display which helped them overcome Ipswich Town 3-2 in their last away game.

Next up is Birmingham City tomorrow (Saturday, December 8th, 3pm KO), off the back of two games, where City have picked up four points.

And Johnson strongly believes his side can get the three points.

“Our away performances have been decent,” he said. “The Ipswich game was full of heart and spirit and it will need to be a similar performance in this one to get the three points.

“We’re always bright, we love the challenge of the Championship. We thrive off that and it’s four points from two games and we want that to be seven from three."

Gary Monk’s side picked up a good run of results between the end of August and October and have not lost at home all season, however City are setting themselves up to change all that.

“They have won a couple and lost a couple,” said Johnson, reflecting on the Blues’ recent form. “They were on the back of a good run and there isn’t a lot of expectation on them this year but they have a strong side, looking at the individuals and the money spent.

“They have kept consistency with team selection and that has proved strong for them. They haven’t picked up many injuries, their home record is good and it’s a challenge for us to go and disrupt that.

“We’ll go there to play our game and it will be another good, competitive Championship game full of physical challenges from two teams who can play as well.”