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Posted Wednesday, December 19th 2018

Johnson calls for repeat performance

Lee Johnson has asked for a repeat of the team cohesion and spirit shown against Norwich City when the Robins face Derby County (Saturday, December 22nd, KO 3pm)

City fought back from a goal down to level through Famara Diédhiou and then led via Callum O’Dowda before a late Max Aarons equaliser shared the spoils.

Speaking to BCTV, Johnson said: “I was very pleased with the performance against Norwich City and we need to go to Derby in a similar vein. We need to work hard first and foremost and be consistent with our passing patterns and our cohesion. If we do then we will be a problem for a good Derby side but if we don’t then they will pick holes in us.

“It’s essential that we play with that togetherness and team spirit that we’ve had for the last four or five games. Our away form has been decent and it’s important that we chip away and pick up points away from home, but we’ve got to do both, home and away.”

Derby County are in fourth place in the SkyBet Championship and Johnson is relishing another opportunity against top-six opposition.

“Opposition style does have a bearing on the game but it’s up to us to play with our identity and our philosophy and for that to come out,” he said.

“We have to manage the game and going to a place like Pride Park, having played there myself, I know how the crowd can get whipped up. But we saw that at Birmingham and managed that well to nullify, contain and then score our goal.”