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No One Will Feel Sorry For Us - Johnson

Lee Johnson wants his players to dust themselves off and go again when Reading come to Ashton Gate for the first game of 2017 on Monday (January 2nd, 3pm).

The head coach admits his charges are hurting after Brett Pitman’s late goal condemned them to a fifth straight Sky Bet Championship defeat at Ipswich Town on Friday evening.

The Royals are the next up in BS3, fresh from an abandoned encounter with Fulham on Friday, and they will be looking to close the gap on the automatic promotion places.

“We have to dust ourselves off and go again because no one is going to sit around feeling sorry for us,” Johnson told bcfc.co.uk.

“It’s good to be back on home soil and we need to crowd to be right behind us, as they have been throughout this season.“

The turn of the New Year also sees the opening of the January transfer window, which the City head coach says he aims to utilise sooner rather than later.

“I think it’s evident we need to do something in the transfer market and hopefully we can get one or two deals over the line early on in the window,” he added.

”We’ve got a young group and we need leaders; a bit of experience around them.”

City must wait on the fitness of Hordur Magnusson (hamstring), Adam Matthews (hamstring), Korey Smith (illness) and Ivan Lucic (back), but Gary O’Neil (calf) remains absent.

City fans will be able to pay on the day for the Reading match, with a crowd in excess of 19,000 anticipated.

Fans can still purchase tickets online, or on the day from the matchday ticket office in the Fan Village.