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Posted Friday, September 21st 2018

Johnson pleased by north west preparation

Lee Johnson has been pleased with his side’s preparations ahead of their first televised clash of the season, at newly-promoted Wigan Athletic (Friday, September 21st, 7.45pm). 

City’s staff and management travelled directly to the north west after Tuesday night’s defeat at West Bromwich Albion to ensure the squad are in the best possible condition for their third Sky Bet Championship fixture in seven days. 

To assist their preparations, the squad trained at The Cliff on Thursday - Manchester United’s former training ground, where the Busby Babes, the Class of ’92 and Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 Treble-winning team learnt their trade - and the head coach hopes this experience inspired his players. 

“It’s been nice to have two or three days away, we’ve brought a big squad,” Johnson said. “We’ve made sure the mood has been good because we’ve been on a good run of form, other than the last game.

“The fixture schedule of course compresses everything for the coaches, decisions have to be made quicker, particularly on the back of games where there’s potential niggles and knocks.

“We are thankful for United allowing us to use The Cliff. That place is etched in history and when you walk in there you can feel it – it’s humble but the fact you know the players who have been there and the titles they have won should be inspiring for the players.”

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After the four-match winning streak came to an end at the Hawthorns, Johnson wants to see his players execute the “basics” correctly at the DW Stadium, in a bid to return to winning ways at the first time of asking. 

“I want them to show what they’re about, play our game in our way and I want us to be bold,” the head coach added.

“I want us to continue to play the good stuff and snuff out a couple of maybe the attitude errors I saw, there weren’t many, there never are in this team because we’re a good group and they’re really good players that we can all trust are going to go out and give it their all. 

“On a couple of occasions we fell short of that on Tuesday night and we got punished, so we have to make sure we do the basics very, very well, that we’re world-class at them and then naturally our quality should come out.”

PAY ON THE NIGHT AT WIGAN

City will be backed by more than 330 travelling supporters at the DW Stadium and the match is pay on the night. 

Alternatively, fans who are unable to make the trip can watch the action unfold alongside fellow supporters in the Sports Bar & Pizzeria at Ashton Gate. 

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