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Let's make it a good start - Johnson

Lee Johnson feels victory over Millwall tomorrow will mean City have made a positive start to the 2017/18 campaign.

The head coach has seen his side experience a win, a draw and a loss from their opening three games of the Sky Bet Championship season.

There are two more league games to play in August, both of which will be played at Ashton Gate, starting tomorrow against the newly-promoted Lions, before big-spending Aston Villa come to BS3 in front of the Sky cameras six days later.

Speaking on BCTV, Johnson said: “This is probably the game where if we can take all three points then it will be seen as a good start to the season.

“It was a bit of a ‘win’ for us to get that 98th-minute goal at Brentford on Tuesday, to earn that point from a venue where we’ve struggled to get anything in recent years.

“Now it’s great to be back at Ashton Gate in front of our vociferous home supporters. We saw how important that positive atmosphere and environment can be against Barnsley and we need it again.

“There are such fine margins in this league, so because of that the supporters should never underestimate the influence they can have, particularly for our young group.

“I just want to keep encouraging our players to be bold and positive in everything they do.”

WHAT HE SAID

“There are such fine margins in this league, so because of that the supporters should never underestimate the influence they can have, particularly for our young group."

Head coach Lee Johnson

LIONS READY TO ROAR?

The Lions come to Ashton Gate with one draw and two defeats to their name since winning the League One play-offs in May.

Roared on by more than 1,000 supporters in BS3, they will be targeting a first win of the campaign.

Johnson added: “I like (Millwall boss) Neil Harris. I’ve played against him and it’s great to see a young English manager doing so well.

”They’re a physical side and very consistent. They’ll offer a good test for us.”

Cauley Woodrow goes straight into the squad after signing on loan from Fulham. Fellow strikers Milan Djuric and Matty Taylor remain absent, while Arnold Garita has now returned to training.

Meanwhile, Johnson confirmed he is taking a look at Icelandic goalkeeper Ogmundur Kristinsson in training.

However, he was keen to point out that he wasn’t just bringing someone in “to oust Frank Fielding”, adding that he was delighted with the keeper’s "magnificent" form.

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