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Posted Monday, August 19th 2019

Johnson ready for Derby ‘sequel’

City will take on Derby County for the third time in the space of a month, this time competitively as they head to Pride Park in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night (August 20th, 7.45pm KO).

The Robins head to the Midlands off the back of their 2-0 victory over QPR and will be aiming to build on that performance with another positive display and inflict a first defeat of the campaign on Phillip Cocu’s Rams.

The teams met twice in pre-season, the first match was cut short with City leading 1-0 due to lightning strikes in Florida, before Cocu’s side held out 2-1 in the reverse game the following day.

Now the focus is all about three points once again with more than 560 supporters travelling to Pride Park for the midweek fixture.

Head Coach Lee Johnson said: "They have made good signings, as have we, and we’ve had great games against them. The one thing you know playing Derby is it is going to be an excellent football match.

"Players look forward to playing at Pride Park, our fans turn out in good voice and we look forward to going there and playing as positive as possible to get those three points.

"The pre-season games were quite surreal, having the match abandoned for lightning strikes is very unusual but we got the numbers and minutes in the players. We drew 2-2 over the two-legged game so this can be the sequel."

He added: "Every time we’ve played Derby it has been a fascinating game. They are a big club who attract players really well, they’ve been in the Championship now slightly too long by their own standards but they are looking to get out of it. They came close last year and this year they continue to be up there and compete."

Fans are reminded they can save up to 80 per cent discount on their train fare to Derby via the club's official travel partner app, TrainAI.

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