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James Crawley


Posted Saturday, August 17th 2019

‘Let's make Ashton Gate a fortress’ – Johnson

With City returning home to take on QPR this weekend, Head Coach Lee Johnson wants his players to be “positive and aggressive” in their search for a first win of the season.

Mark Warburton’s Rangers are in BS3 on Saturday (August 17th, 3pm KO) just four days after Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup encounter in West London.

For City, it was their second away game in a row following a more-than-deserved 1-1 draw at Birmingham City last weekend.

Now Johnson wants his players to step up again in front of their own supporters.

“I’m up for it, the players are up for it and I’m sure the fans will be up for it,” said Johnson, previewing matchday three of the Sky Bet Championship. “We’ve shown really good signs in our previous performances, away from home and we want to take it further and get that win and send everyone home very, very happy.

“We’ve got good players, naturally we’ve had our bumps early in the season but we go into this game building ahead of steam and QPR are a good side we respect. We need to make Ashton Gate a fortress, be very positive and aggressive on the front foot.”

There have been many new faces at the club over the summer, some of those new signings having arrived only last week so cohesion is a particularly important area. Talking about building team cohesion and working with a tight-knit group, Johnson said it is something which comes from many different areas.

He continued: “It’s on the pitch and off the pitch, it’s team spirit, blending attributes together and making sure everybody has absolute clarity of their job role. You have to have talent and quality and I believe we’ve got that. We have a chance now to get a settled XI and bench and really drive forward.

“It’s always about winning, it never changes and we want to win every single game. That competitive element to us as individuals and as competitors, as winners has to come out, whether that be the fanbase giving the new boys as much support as possible or the players taking their chances. It’s about executing to the best of your ability and I’m looking forward to seeing what my team can do on Saturday.”

There’s a special £10 City Members offer available for Saturday’s encounter, with at least 20,000 supporters guaranteed to be cheering from the stands and there’s still time to secure your seat.

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