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Dave Barton


Posted Friday, October 18th 2019

Let's hit the ground running - Johnson

City head to Luton Town tomorrow with Lee Johnson wanting his team to ‘hit the ground running’ after the international break (October 19th, 3pm KO).

The Robins had seven first team players away with their countries as the Sky Bet Championship took a two-week rest.

And the Head Coach said: “It’s good to be back, and to see the internationals back - you do find that you miss them!

“But it’s important that we hit the ground running. It’s a big game at Kenilworth Road, with a tough side in Luton who have an excellent home record and we’ll be going there to try impose ourselves and win the game.”

Johnson is looking to build on 10 league match unbeaten run

City have not played at Luton in a league encounter since 2005 but Johnson knows the Bedfordshire ground well.

“Kenilworth Road is a good place to play and I played there a lot when I was at Watford as an Academy player and Arsenal before that,” he said.

“You really get that feeling of the fans on top of you. They are in and around and close to the pitch. It’s very different to the modern stadiums you see in the Championship at the moment but it’s always a great atmosphere.

“Luton fans are held in very high regard in terms of the atmosphere they create and I expect it to be a really good game.”

The revolving managerial door of football claimed Jose Gomes following City’s 1-0 defeat over the Royals last time out.

And Johnson, the longest serving manager in the Championship, said: “Football is a precarious game and you have good runs and bad runs but there has been a consistency here at Bristol City from top to bottom and I’ve been a part of that. But credit must go to the collective. Hopefully it’ll be the same for a long time to come and I’m looking forward to a bright future at this football club.”