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Johnson Happy To Suffer Selection Headache

Lee Johnson is happy to endure a selection headache before every game with a fully-fit squad to choose from.

The likes of Hordur Magnusson, Adam Matthews, Gary O’Neil, Korey Smith, Bobby Reid, Gustav Engvall and Aaron Wilbraham were all absent at Derby County on Saturday – not just from the starting line-up, but the matchday squad as a whole.
It is proving a tough balancing act for the head coach, but one he sees as a positive.
“It’s not easy, but that’s what we want,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.
“Sometimes people just look at names – you can write down a fantastic team of names.
“That’s great because we’ve got good competition for places, but we are the ones who see where they are every day in regards of fitness, form and confidence.
“The beauty of football is that it changes very quickly. Everybody has got an opportunity.”
After a 3-3 draw at Pride Park in which City led 3-0 at half-time, Johnson’s side now face another tricky away test against Derby’s fellow promotion hopefuls Leeds United tonight (7.45pm).
“It’s another big stage and they’re doing well in the division,” the boss added. “We’ve beaten them before and we’re going to try to beat them again.
“We want to get wins to make sure we edge away from the relegation zone.
“I’m pleased that we got our mojo back for 60 or 70 minutes against Derby – particularly with our football and the way we played.
“I believe we’re in good shape; we’ve just got to be able to manage games a bit better than we do.
“We’ve got goals in us and opposing teams now fear our set-pieces, which is good. We’ve got threats all over the pitch and we’ve got options on the bench.”