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Johnson Hopes For Fresh Lift

Lee Johnson believes City’s switch to the new Lansdown Stand facilities can provide a timely boost for his team.

For the first time City’s players will use the new dressing room in the Lansdown Stand, before emerging from the new tunnel on the halfway line. 

Johnson told Bristol City Player HD: “Being in the new facilities can be a boost for us. I wanted to change the environment for the players and we had a training session at the stadium last week. 

“We’ve got the new ice baths and analysis rooms in there, plus a brand new touchscreen to go through all the tactics. 

“It’s those little one per cents which help the players and it just makes everything easier for us. It also shows signs of progression again and it’s been a long time coming. 

“I can’t thank everyone who has worked so hard to get them ready for tonight. They’ve been working around the clock for us. 

“You can definitely get a buzz with anything new. If you move into a new house then you’re excited to show people around! 

“It can be a new beginning for us hopefully.” 

City host the Owls this evening before entertaining the Championship’s bottom club and another South Yorkshire outfit in Rotherham United on Saturday (3pm). 

Johnson added: “It’s a big week for sure. We want six points and we have to work very hard to achieve that. 

“We must embrace the Sheffield Wednesday game before anything else. They’re a top side but we’re a good side as well.” 

Joe Bryan (ankle) could miss out through injury, while there are also concerns over Lee Tomlin and Mark Little’s fitness. 

However, Gary O’Neil should be back after a recent illness. 

The match will also be pay on the night for home supporters. Tickets remain on general sale for the Sheffield Wednesday clash, either online or by calling 0117 963 0600 during office hours.