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Johnson Wants Attacking Intent

Lee Johnson has challenged his players to start Saturday’s showdown with Wigan Athletic in the same attacking vain as they ended their draw with Norwich City in midweek.

The City head coach was enthused by the second-half showing in the 1-1 draw with the Canaries at Ashton Gate.

Next up for Johnson’s side is a trip to the DW Stadium as City go toe-to-toe with Wigan, the team positioned one point and one place below the Robins in the bottom three.

“The game gives us a chance of jumping out of the relegation zone, which is what we all want,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“Wigan are a decent side and a club we respect, but we want to go there and win the game.

“The attitude to attack was good in the second half on Tuesday night and we need that same attacking intent tomorrow.”

Johnson refused to “over-egg” the importance of the playing surface at the DW Stadium, which has come under-fire in some quarters this season for its threadbare nature.

Instead Johnson is focusing all his attentions on the match itself, refusing to look further ahead.

“Our focus is always on the next game,” he added. “The key is to maintain our Championship status. It could be three, four, five or even six wins we require. We just don’t know.

“I haven’t set a points target for the players. We know this is a big game and that’s what we’re focused on.”

Tammy Abraham could make his long-awaited comeback from a thigh injury, while Fabian Giefer is also fit again after an eye problem.

Gary O’Neil’s thigh injury has settled down after undergoing an injection in the week, but he remains “touch and go” to feature.