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James Crawley


Posted Friday, August 24th 2018

Johnson relishing clash of 'two footballing sides'

City are well suited for this weekend's clash with Swansea City, according to Lee Johnson.

The head coach has been preparing his side as they take on the Swans at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow (August 25th, 3pm).

Swansea were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, in a division where they proved themselves as a quick, possession-based side.

It's a model Johnson uses in BS3 and he believes fans will be treated to seeing two footballing sides go head to head in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture.

"It’s going to be a difficult game, like all Championship games, but one we feel will suit us," the City head coach told

"Swansea are a good footballing side and we think we are a good footballing side as well and we are looking to go there and implement ourselves and our style on them.

"We will be buoyed by a big travelling crowd and the beamback as well so even though they won’t be there in person, the fans will be there in spirit.

"That’s important as well because we continue to want to make a very good impression, particularly the new players and this is a new team and they need support. That’s why Tuesday night (3-0 win v QPR) was so fantastic because the crowd were exceptional.

"I think we’re confident, I think we remain confident in the way we play. Of course we have got players coming back now and I feel we’re getting stronger."

Among those are striker Famara Diédhiou who becomes available for selection for the first time this season against Blackburn Rovers next Saturday. Centre-back Nathan Baker may return for the trip down the M4 to Swansea.