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Press Conference: Johnson Pre-Huddersfield Town

City head coach Lee Johnson met with the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Huddersfield Town (3pm).

Here’s what he had to say…

- Johnson says everyone has been boosted by the win over Ipswich

 - Head coach says the team weren't as expansive against the Tractor Boys, "building from a position of strength"

 - City took part in a training game with Cheltenham Town this week, winning 5-2

 - Johnson says the team in that training game was: Lucic, Trialist, Ekstrand, Moore, Bryan, Brownhill, Reid, O'Dowda, Paterson, Engvall, De Girolamo.

 - Head coach reports Ekstrand came throug the game fine after recent knee setback

 - Johnson sings praises of link-up with Guernsey FC, with Jake Andrews and Kodi Lyons-Foster heading there on loan

 - Gary O'Neil has a toenail problem, which the medical staff hope will clear up by the weekend

 - All other injuries are for the club's loan players; Arnold Garita with a knee problem and Zak Vyner, who is undergoing tests after a recent reported asthma attack on the pitch

 - On Huddersfield, Johnson says they have power up the pitch and strong defensive players

 - City boss adds they have a fluid style and reports they are playing better than recent results suggest

 - Johnson believes City and Huddersfield are very similar in terms of their development

 - Johnson says Tammy Abraham is desperate to get back scoring but insists "winning is the most important thing"

 - Abraham even requested taking penalties but has been denied by the gaffer, who added: "It's not schoolboy rules where you take the penalty if you win it!"

 - Johnson says Aaron Wilbraham is an invaluable member of the squad, who looks after his body at the age of 37

 - Head coach delighted with Adam Matthews' performance last week

 - Johnson reveals City could sign a couple of players in January who are "for the future" and would be loaned out immediately

 - Other members of the squad could also go out on loan in the January window

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