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James Crawley


Posted Friday, April 12th 2019

‘This is what the players live for’ - Johnson

City’s players must thrive off the occasion at Villa Park, where the squad will be backed by a sold-out away end.

The Robins will be cheered on by the 2,602 travelling supporters with the match presenting a chance to climb above Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship standings.

Lee Johnson’s side are in good form for the trip to face Villa, having gone five unbeaten with wins against promotion-chasing Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion included.

Johnson said: “It gets fantastically exciting at this stage in the season and this is what players live for, particularly big games like this which is a sell-out at Villa Park and that’s great.

“We have a fantastic contingency of travelling fans and we always travel well to the Birmingham area.

“It’s the game players dream about playing in as kids, particularly as there is so much on it at the moment. We’ve had a number of big games this season, as they all are, with three points at stake. It’s up to the players to thrive in the atmosphere and show what they are about.”

But with 18 points still to play for, the head coach says the players must maintain the focus.

“We have good belief on the road and that’s key. We have picked up great away results recently but credit to the whole squad for their effort all season,” he added.

“There is still a lot of football and points to play for. It will be a fantastic run-in.

“We have to continue chipping way. Of course there are areas we can improve on but you’re now looking for the wonder goal, a bit of magic, defending the goal extremely well with blocks, challenges and great saves and they all play their part in what is a good, competitive Championship.”

City v Villa kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday (April 13th). There will be no further tickets for travelling fans. Six CATS coaches will depart for Villa Park and these have also sold out.

Supporters without a ticket are not advised to travel this Saturday. Six CATS coaches will be heading to Villa Park and these have all sold out.