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Johnson wants City improvement on the road

Lee Johnson is determined to replicate City’s electrifying home form away from Ashton Gate.

Johnson’s side scored a combined eight goals this week in the wins over Barnsley (3-1) and Plymouth Argyle (5-0) in the Sky Bet Championship and Carabao Cup respectively.

It’s a trend that can be traced even further back. City have scored 20 goals in their last seven competitive home matches – only failing to find the net against tomorrow’s hosts Birmingham City on the final day of last season.

But City won only four of their 23 Championship away games in 2016/17 – including their first and last – and will want to continue their flying start to the new campaign at St Andrew’s (3pm).

“There’s always a psychological element,” said Johnson of playing away from home, speaking to BCTV.

“The pitch is usually very similar but the environment can have an effect, whether that’s on referees or the confidence of both sets of players.

“You gain that from maturing as a team and I think we’ve got a bit more leadership and stability now. If we can keep that, hopefully that will transcend into winning away games.

“Birmingham have made three really good signings who have strengthened their team. It’ll be tough, but so far we’ve competed quite well and we hope to continue that on Saturday.

“Obviously we’ll have a game plan and each team has their own strengths and weaknesses. We’re coming up against a very physically strong side, so we have to make sure our boys are tough, up for it and ready.

“We believe that if we can match that, we’ve got good footballers in the group who can cause any team in the Championship problems.

“At the moment a lot of the lads look high on confidence. We’ve only won two games but the signs are good.”

 

WHAT HE SAID

“You gain that from maturing as a team and I think we’ve got a bit more leadership and stability now."

Lee Johnson