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Johnson hopes for exuberant atmosphere

Lee Johnson hopes the relocation of City’s singing section for 2017/18 will act as an added spur for his team, as they prepare to kick-off the campaign at home to Barnsley tomorrow (3pm).

The Atyeo Stand is now given exclusively to away supporters, with the previous singing contingent switching to the other end of the stadium, between the South and Dolman Stands.

The section has sold out and will be in use for the first time tomorrow.

Head coach Johnson told BCTV: “I’ve played here and now I’m managing here. I know what an unbelievable environment it is to play in.

“When Ashton Gate is positive and rocking, with a real exuberance, it really is great to play in.

“I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the singing section to move into that area and it will help the acoustics of the stadium; it really booms and echoes.

“We want that spirit and singing to transcend around the stadium, moving along from man to woman, boy or girl.

“We want everyone to get involved and enjoy the atmosphere. We want to play great football in a great environment.”

WHAT HE SAID

“When Ashton Gate is positive and rocking, with a real exuberance, it really is great to play in."

Head coach Lee Johnson

The City boss isn’t fazed by the visit of his former club to BS3 for the season opener.

“My focus is on Bristol City,” he said. “It’s the start of a new season. Everyone is fresh, it’s exciting.

“We’ve got some great new players on board and they’ve settled in well. We just can’t wait for the game now.”

Matty Taylor (groin) is unavailable, while fellow striker Milan Djuric is rated a doubt with the same injury.

Nathan Baker is also absent due to a one-match suspension.

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