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Johnson Says Players Have The Desired Fight

Lee Johnson says he has thoroughly enjoyed 2016 – up until November – but insists his team have the “fight” to come out of their recent sticky patch.

The City head coach took over the reins at Ashton Gate in February, helping to steer the team away from any threat of relegation and complete the 2015/16 season 12 points clear of the drop zone.

After an extremely busy summer of transfer activity, the team began the new Sky Bet Championship campaign in positive fashion.

However, since November began City’s record stands at one win and seven defeats. The solitary victory came at home to tomorrow’s opponents Ipswich Town (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm).

“I reflect on 2016 as being a fantastic year until November,” he told Bristol City Player HD.

“I was loving life up until then! There’s no denying it’s been a difficult six to eight weeks for us.

“But we’re Bristol City and we fight. The Championship will never be easy. We lick our wounds and we go again.

“We’ve got a group that can roll up their sleeves and dig in. We’ve got to fight and that’ll be the challenge at Ipswich.

“Tomorrow’s game is another good one for us against an historic club like ourselves and I’m looking forward to hopefully being on the right end of a result.”

Adam Matthews (calf/hamstring) is a doubt but Gary O’Neil will be absent with a torn calf muscle.

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