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James Crawley


Posted Friday, April 20th 2018

Johnson wary of "confident" Tigers

Lee Johnson expects to face a very different Hull City side when the Tigers travel to Ashton Gate on Saturday.

City were staring a 2-0 defeat in the face before goals from Aden Flint, Bobby Reid and Josh Brownhill secured a dramatic 3-2 win at the KCOM Stadium back in November.

Hull were stuck in a rocky patch and have since recruited new manager Nigel Adkins in a bid to change their fortunes.

And while they are still fighting at the wrong end of the table this year, since dropping down from the Premier League, they are potentially only one point from safety, depending on this weekend's results.

The Tigers lost against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, but had been on a four-game unbeaten run prior.

As such, City head coach Johnson expects them to have more fight and play with more freedom when they take on his Bristol City side tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

Johnson told BCTV: "I think they are a completely different side, one that is full of confidence now. At the time (in November) we got them by the way they capitulated mentally. They have a new manager who is doing very well but they have always had a decent squad.

"That’s the beauty and the challenge of the Championship because you only have to look at Reading, for example, who finished in the play-off final last year nut they have struggled this season, having spent a few millions of pounds. It’s crazy this game.


"It’s the best but also the craziest league in the world so you have to keep making good decisions and that’s all we try to do.

"I think they’ll come here and go for the win. All teams in their position do just that. They are playing with more freedom and the manager will use all the tricks at his disposal, challenge people to be there next year.

"Hull is a big club, recently relegated from the Premier League, they’ll be firing with parachute payments and they made big signings last summer. I am sure they will continue to make big signings so they are a team who you would expect to be in and around it next season."