Banner image

Author

James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Friday, March 30th 2018

Oakwell is a tough place to play - Johnson

Lee Johnson doesn't expect an easy ride when his City side travel to take on relegation-threatened Barnsley on Good Friday (3pm kick-off).

The match will see the City head coach go up against his former employers once more and he took time in his pre-match chat with BCTV this week to reflect on his managerial days at Oakwell.

Johnson said: "I had good and difficult times there but I went there with a job to do, in terms of a Championship hangover. There was a big budget reduction and we had to get better.

"It looked scary a couple of times but we had a very successful season, we won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and won promotion as well. It’s been difficult for them this year and they’ve had to rebuild which is never easy, particularly as a smaller club for the division.

"We’ve gone through similar rebuilding phases here but now we look like we can compete at the level with the group that we have."

While City ran out 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate on the opening day of the season, Johnson expects different things from Friday's opposition, who have a new manager at the helm in José Morais.

WATCH: CITY 3-1 BARNSLEY

Johnson continued: "It’s difficult to read exactly what they are doing at the moment. He’s mixed and matched a couple of formations but I think in this period, the focus has to be on ourselves.

"When we’ve been at our best we’ve been very difficult to play against. The challenge for us is to go into the final stretch refreshed and full of confidence from the last win and try to play our game.

"Barnsley is always a difficult place to go. With Bristol City, be it playing or managing, it has been a difficult place to go because of the environment that is created by the Barnsley fans.

WATCH: PATERSON AND JOHNSON PRE-BARNSLEY AWAY

Barnsley in the spotlight

  • Barnsley have won only twice this calendar year

  • The Tykes have picked up five points since José Morais took charge as Barnsley boss in February

  • Barnsley have not beaten City since 2012

  • Barnsey sit 21st in the Sky Bet Championship on 33 points, the same as Birmingham City.

Latest News

Highlights: Bristol City U23s 1-2 Birmingham City U23s

Highlights: Bristol City U23s 1-2 Birmingham City U23s

Posted: Monday, May 17th 2021

City support #HerGameToo campaign

City support #HerGameToo campaign

Posted: Monday, May 17th 2021

FIT ROBINS is back!

FIT ROBINS is back!

Posted: Saturday, May 15th 2021

Probert proud of Academy’s progress

Probert proud of Academy’s progress

Posted: Friday, May 14th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

LIVE! Bristol Bears vs Gloucester Rugby
Rugby icon

LIVE! Bristol Bears vs Gloucester Rugby

Follow all the action LIVE from Ashton Gate as Bristol Bears face Gloucester Rugby in round 19 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Posted: Monday, May 17th 2021 • Rugby

Download FREE digital matchday programme
Rugby icon

Download FREE digital matchday programme

Download our FREE digital matchday programme for the Gallagher Premiership clash with Gloucester at Ashton Gate.

Posted: Monday, May 17th 2021 • Rugby

Gate Guide: Gloucester Rugby - Gallagher Premiership
Rugby icon

Gate Guide: Gloucester Rugby - Gallagher Premiership

Bristol Bears are in Gallagher Premiership action versus Gloucester Rugby on Monday (7.45pm KO).

Posted: Monday, May 17th 2021 • Rugby

Match preview: Gloucester Rugby (h) - Gallagher Premiership
Rugby icon

Match preview: Gloucester Rugby (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 19 Gallagher Premiership clash with Gloucester at Ashton Gate.

Posted: Monday, May 17th 2021 • Rugby

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Gloucester Rugby
Rugby icon

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Gloucester Rugby

Fans will return to Ashton Gate for the first time since March 2020 when Bears host Gloucester on Monday (7.45pm KO).

Posted: Sunday, May 16th 2021 • Rugby