Press Conference: Johnson Pre-Blackburn Rovers
Posted: Thursday, October 20th 2016
Friday, October 21st 2016
Lee Johnson hopes fan power can help propel City back to winning ways against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow (3pm).
A crowd in excess of 20,500 is already guaranteed, including around 3,000 in the Lansdown Stand upper tier – many of whom are guests of season card holders as part of a special promotion.
Blackburn are only due to bring around 400 to BS3, meaning the number of City fans attending will be greater than the games against Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
Johnson told Bristol City Player HD: “We’re a work in progress as a team and we’ll get better all the time.
“We want to grow our crowds by entertaining our supporters and tomorrow we’ll have a lot of supporters in attendance who haven’t been before or at least in a while.
“We want them to enjoy the football and the matchday experience. If we can put a performance on that keeps them coming back then it’ll be the perfect day.
“It's important to really make home advantage count. We have to ensure Ashton Gate is a difficult place for opposition teams and you can play your part.
“We are seventh in the Championship, but after two losses away from home the players need to hear and feel positive voices and energy from the crowd.”
It will be an emotional day for everyone associated with the club as Ashton Gate pays tribute to Gerry Gow.
The legendary midfielder passed away earlier this month and in the first home game since his sad death, both teams will don black armbands in his memory.
There will be a minute’s silence as well as video and supporter tributes, with his family and former team-mates present.
Johnson added: “Sadly I never met Gerry but I know the high regard he was held in amongst our supporters and people at the club.
“I’ve decided to run the Bath Half Marathon in March in his memory.”
Bobby Reid is the only doubt after suffering a dead leg injury at QPR in midweek.
Tickets for the clash with Blackburn can still be purchased online and will also be available on the day. Alternatively, call 0117 963 0600.
Remember season card holders can bring up to two friends for £10 each tomorrow – this is available up to 1pm on the day.
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