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Players Have Justified My Belief - Johnson

Lee Johnson believes his players have proved exactly why he never lost belief in them.

Having gone seven games without a victory, City recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since October at the expense of Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town before the international break.

Now the challenge for Johnson’s side is to pick up where they left off when they travel to West London to face Brentford at Griffin Park tomorrow (3pm).

“The bit I’m pleased about is that I’ve been saying I’ve got this belief in the players, which can sometimes fall on deaf ears depending on results," the head coach told Bristol City Player HD.

“But I feel we’ve got proof now because the players have been playing that way for the last seven or eight games.

“The Villa game maybe we deserved to draw not win, but when you look at the statistics of all the other games, it (a win) had to come.

“The challenge now is for us to be the best team on the day in the last eight games. This is the first of those, it’s an opportunity for us and we want to make sure we keep the hammer down.”

The boss wants to see the City supporters recreate the atmosphere that served his team well at nearby Fulham at a similar time last season, on a day when Lee Tomlin’s last-gasp free kick secured a 2-1 win in front of a huge away following.

“I’m thoroughly looking forward to the day,” Johnson added. “We’ve got a 1,600 sold-out away end and we’ve got a packed Ashton Gate in the Sports Bar for the beamback, so we’ll probably hear them from Brentford if we score!

“It feels like the Fulham-type scenario from last year, so what we want to do is repeat that result and feeling for everybody.

“We know we’re not out of the woods, but we feel after the last two games that we’ve got the momentum to put in the performances that we need to get the results.

“They (Brentford) have got a lot of clever, intricate footballers. We have to respect them, but by the same token I think it’s difficult to play us at the moment.

“I think it’ll be quite evenly matched, so a little bit of quality or aggression – whatever is required on the day – could be the difference. Hopefully we’ll put in the performance we so crave.”

Johnson revealed Milan Djuric will remain sidelined for the next ten to 14 days (hernia), while members of his squad who have been suffering with flu will be assessed ahead of the game

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