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Press Conference: Johnson Pre-Derby County

City head coach Lee Johnson met with the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby County at Ashton Gate (3pm).

 

Here’s what he had to say…


- Johnson says his squad is "looking strong", but admits Korey Smith and Joel Ekstrand are lacking match fitness

- Head coach reports no niggles ahead of the weekend, but Gary O’Neil will serve a one-match ban

- Boss reveals he didn’t expect Tammy Abraham to play as much as he has, but thinks the striker has benefited from some time off over the international period

- Johnson wants to bring a “feel-good factor” to Ashton Gate after three weeks away


- City chief does not expect Derby’s goal woes to continue, with the Rams having scored only once in seven league matches so far

- “My time at Derby was short but sweet and I almost went there permanently,” he says of seven-game loan spell in 2010

- Johnson will make a decision on who shall take City’s next penalty before Saturday


- Head coach reveals he didn’t go into the dressing room after the game for the first time in his career following Tuesday’s defeat at Sheffield Wednesday

- "It's not shirking it; I felt it was for the good of the team,” he explains

- Johnson confident City are “still in a good place” after taking one point from two away matches

Listen to his pre-match press conference in full on Bristol City Player HD.