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Quarter-Final Would Be Amazing - Johnson

Lee Johnson says the prospect of seeing City in the EFL Cup quarter-final draw would be “amazing” as his side prepare to tackle Hull City of the Premier League at Ashton Gate tonight (7.45pm).

Johnson’s men have already gone further in the competition than any other City team since 1988/89 when the club reached the last four.

But the head coach has warned his players against looking too far ahead as they prepare to host opponents who finished 31 points better off en route to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season, but now find themselves on a five-match losing run in the top flight.

“It’s fantastic that we’re through to this round and it would be amazing to be in the quarter-final – who knows what can happen from there,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“Hull is a really good marker for us. They got promoted and it’s important for us that we become better.

“I think you have to respect that they’ve got a lot of quality players in their squad.

“I know they’ve been having a difficult time in recent games, but they’re still top players – particularly in the Championship.

“They’re still finding their feet at Premier League level, but they’re bound to. It would be no different with any other team that gets promoted – Middlesbrough are in the same situation.

“It’s a good game for them – a bit of a pressure reliever and they can go and enjoy it. I think it’ll be a good spectacle tomorrow because both teams will play with decent freedom.

“As far as we’re concerned, we’re just trying to focus on this game. If we start thinking ahead of ourselves, football really does bite you on the backside very quickly.”

Johnson is keen to see another bumper crowd in BS3, with ticket prices reduced for the fourth round tie.

“We’ve won three games so far in this cup competition, and if we can make it four we could get a massive fixture – or a Championship fixture with a good chance of making the semis.

“We need our support. It’s been fantastic this season in this competition, going away to Wycombe, Scunthorpe and Fulham where we didn’t have a lot, but they were very vocal.

“There’s no doubt we’re the underdogs, so if we win it’s definitely an upset.

“I think it would be a huge confidence boost for individuals to play at home and win against a Premier League side, because we’ve still got players who are growing at Championship level, never mind Premier League level.”

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