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Let's feel the power - Johnson

Lee Johnson wants to feel the power of the Ashton Gate support as City make their first return to BS3 for three weeks when they host Derby County tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

The head coach has seen his side claim four points from a possible six during challenging away games at Reading and Wolves since the international break.

City’s last home match was the televised 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on August 25th, which saw an electric atmosphere at BS3. The Rams’ visit to Bristol comes 22 days later.

Johnson told BCTV: “It feels like ages to be honest; it feels like we’ve hardly had any home games!

“It will be good to have that home power and energy again. On the back of two tough away games in the week, we’re really going to need that extra man.

“We saw in the Millwall game (0-0 draw) after the Birmingham and Brentford games, we didn’t really play with enough energy on the day.

“It’s important we play with that energy and I’ll ask the crowd to really give the players that lift from the start to get them going. I’m sure they will.”

 

WHAT HE SAID

“It is a dilemma so I just have to sit there on the night time in a dark room, pop on the Paolo Nutini CD and try to pick a team.”

Head coach Lee Johnson

LIKELY CHANGES

Johnson says team changes are inevitable throughout a busy September, which sees City play seven times.

“As an example, Callum O’Dowda has run 14km twice in four days, plus two coach journeys,” the boss added. “There’s one immediately you’d think ‘can he do it again?’ for Saturday’s game. Actually Callum probably could because he’s a little Duracell bunny, but there are decisions like that throughout our team.

“You have to make these decisions and it can be a Catch 22 situation; you want to keep the stability [of an unchanged team] but we have to play with energy. We have got the three substitutes as well, so if we made two or three changes, we can still use them from the bench later if needs be.

“It is a dilemma so I just have to sit there on the night time in a dark room, pop on the Paolo Nutini CD and try to pick a team.”

Johnson joked that he wanted to switch his TV off when he saw Derby race into a 5-0 lead over Hull City seven days ago.

He added: “They’re obviously a good side with good pedigree in this league. They’re another team in this division that have spent a lot of money to try and attain Premier League status.”

INJURY UPDATE

Gary O’Neil (knee), Milan Djuric (knee) and Jens Hegeler (neck) are all absent through injury.

Season card PLUS holders can benefit from Mates’ Rates for the visit of the Rams. The special ticket deal entitles season card PLUS members to bring up to two friends to the fixture for just £10 each. Please note the deadline for this offer is 5pm today (Friday).

Meanwhile, tickets remain on general sale and can be secured here.

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