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Posted Friday, April 5th 2019

Let’s keep up the intensity – Johnson

Lee Johnson is relishing City’s return home to Ashton Gate and wants his players to keep up the intensity that saw back-to-back away wins.

After victories at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, City are back in BS3 tomorrow after almost three weeks, to take on Wigan Athletic (April 6th, 3pm KO).

“We want to make sure we get the detail right but at the same time we are enjoying the intensity and thriving in the uncertainty,” said the Head Coach.

“This division is a fantastic one that everyone enjoys playing and coaching in. It’s a great atmosphere, there are great stadiums - we play in our own one every other week and we are looking forward particularly to coming back home after two really good results."

LEE JOHNSON PREVIEWS LATICS TEST

NO FEAR

“I don’t think we’ve shown any fear in our last two performances," Johnson explained. "That’s the key because I do fully believe that we have excellent players and attributes that can match anybody in this division and when our boys are at the top of their game it’s very difficult to play us.

"We have picked up seven points in three games and obviously we are looking to extend that by as much as we can in the next game."

BACK HOME

City will now prepare for two home games in the space in four days and the head coach has emphasised the importance of togetherness between the club and supporters to push the players on to maximum points.

“It does seem a long time since we were playing at home but we have been buoyed by some great support while we have been away," he continued. The away fans almost made Sheffield United and Middlesbrough feel like home games which was good and the boys produced the performances and the results we all wanted. So the message is more of the same, keep going.

“It’s great when the crowd respond to that passion of the players and the staff and that’s what we want to see. We are a team, fans, players, staff – all as one – and when we do that we are successful.

“Moving into the last eight games we need to be as positive and encouraging as we can to the players because obviously they are the ones that have to produce the actions, the finishes or defend the goal –  whatever we need to do on that particular occasion.”

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