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Ed Lewis


Posted Wednesday, August 15th 2018

Johnson relishing Boro clash

Lee Johnson says his players are “fresh” and looking forward to the visit of Middlesbrough.

Tony Pulis brings his early league leaders to Ashton Gate in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday (August 14th, 3pm) – a fixture City have been victorious in on the last three occasions in BS3.

Despite suffering a Carabao Cup exit to Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night, the head coach stresses there will be no hangover and attentions in the City camp have already turned to clinching the club’s first victory of the new campaign.

“Our attentions turn back to the Championship very, very quickly,” Johnson told BCTV.

“We are already over the defeat to Plymouth. It’s disappointing but we’ve got a very big game in the Championship and we’re looking forward to it.

“We want three points in every game and we will be going out for that. I think the football we have played has been good up to a certain point. It’s proven we need to improve in certain areas and we are looking forward to doing that.

“It’s not a huge challenge to do that, it’s just finishing those little partnerships and intricacies between players and when we do, I am sure we will start putting a number of goals past teams!”

The City boss is relishing the opportunity of coming up against of the most experienced managers in the division and believes this is the type of game his players “thrive” in.

“They are the big hitters of the division but not one we fear at all,” he continued. “We thrive in these type of games.

“The atmosphere at Ashton Gate will be good. We could be perceived as the underdog and I know the crowd is notorious for being the 12th man in that circumstance and the boys are looking forward to it.

“We feel in our hearts we’ve got a couple of wrongs to right and we are looking forward to getting back out on to the grass on that pitch and performing.”

Tickets remain on general sale for Saturday’s goal category fixture in BS3. Tickets are available from £28 for adult Forever Bristol members, or from £5 for under-12 members.