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Johnson’s belief in home advantage

With City set to be backed by at least 23,000 home supporters this weekend, Lee Johnson says the roaring City faithful can play a big part in making the difference.

City entertain Sky Bet Championship leaders West Brom on Saturday (February 22nd, 3pm KO).

City ran out 3-2 winners over Derby County in BS3 two weeks ago – a display which saw City at their attacking best and defend resolutely to grind out the result - and it’s that level of performance which Johnson wants to see echoed on Saturday.

Head Coach Johnson said: “It’s good to come home after a particularly entertaining game against Derby. We need to be in that environment and be at their very best to win this football match.

“It’s another big game! The fact that West Brom are flying high at the top end of the league, they’ve had a fantastic season and added and developed both on and off the pitch after a good year last season. I think they’re powerful all over the pitch and we have to stand up to it really well. We have quality and believe in that quality.”

Johnson also wants City to play with identity and knows his squad can perform off the back off an encouraging home support.

Talking about the supporters, Johnson continued: “There’s no doubt that when they’re strong, positive and in great spirits it does transcend into the players. It helps when you’re 3-0 up but the impressive bit regarding our fans was the spell after Derby scored their second, where they really encouraged and stuck with the boys.

“That is key against a team with the top quality because you know they are only a lapse of concentration away from scoring again, so we’ve got to stay concentrated against the top sides and any help we can get from the fans is greatly appreciated.”

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