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Johnson expecting 'electric atmosphere'

Lee Johnson is looking forward to experiencing another 'electric atmosphere' inside BS3 when Leeds United travel to Ashton Gate tomorrow (3pm). 

City will hope to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches in all competitions and keep pressure on the three teams currently above them in the Sky Bet Championship.

The head coach is anticipating an entertaining encounter, but knows his side will have to be at their best if they are to secure another three points.

"It's a match between two good sides who currently sit in the play-offs," he told BCTV.

"Leeds are a good footballing side; they’ve got some really talented attackers and strong defenders, but they are quite open. Yes, they’ve got flaws in their game and they’ve suffered three defeats on the spin, but it will be tough.

"We’ve just got to make sure that, with an electric atmosphere inside the the stadium, we produce the same level of entertainment for the fans."

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The City boss has emphasised the importance of the home supporters throughout the season and insists tomorrow will be no different with Leeds backed by a sold-out away end.

“I think it will be a brilliant atmosphere," he continued. "The Championship is a top league and the history of the club that we’re playing in Leeds United is outstanding. They’re going to fill out the away end, which you would expect from a fanbase of that size a club.

"Our fans are brilliant every game but they will have to match the decibel levels of the Leeds fans and they will stand up to that.

"It will create a really good atmosphere for the players to play in and it's important that we pick a team of players that will relish the occasion."

Luke Ayling celebrates City's 2014/15 League One title

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Former City defender Luke Ayling, who spent two-years in BS3, could return in the opposition ranks after he departed BS3 for Elland Road in August 2016.

On the prospect of seeing the right-back in the opposing line-up, Johnson said: "Luke’s a good lad and great for team spirit. The move was right for him but he will always be welcome back here.

"He got a big contract at a big club and it was the right thing for him to do at the time. In hindsight it may have been a bad move but at the time it was right. It allowed us to free up money for Financial Fair Play as we had brought in the likes of Tammy Abraham.

"Obviously Luke was a fantastic servant, not just for Bristol City but for my other favourite club in Yeovil Town, and he played for my dad as well. He’s played brilliantly at every club he’s been at so far.”

INJURY UPDATE

Having hobbled off just after the break with a hamstring complaint in the goalless draw with Burton Albion, Korey Smith has not suffered a tear as was initially feared, much to the delight of Johnson.

Meanwhile, Milan Djuric is back in full training but it is too early for a full recall, while he is remaining "careful” with Eros Pisano who is unlikely to be risked against Leeds.

Tickets remain on general sale for tomorrow's encounter, with the largest attendance of the season to date guaranteed.

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