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James Crawley

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Posted Friday, February 2nd 2018

We must be at our best - Johnson

Lee Johnson has warned his players to take their A-game to the Macron Stadium if they are to get a positive result against Bolton Wanderers.

City take on the Trotters in the Friday night Sky Bet Championship clash (8pm kick-off), with both sides fighting for different causes.

Johnson's squad could record back-to-back victories for the first time in 2018 as they attempt to keep pace in the play-off places, while Phil Parkinson's Bolton are hoping to steer away from the relegation zone.

Speaking to BCTV this week head coach Johnson said he was "pleased" with City's 2-0 home win against QPR last weekend, which he hopes will act a springboard heading into the match tomorrow night.

He said: "I thought we showed true grit in that game. Going down to ten men is always a tough ask in the Championship but we scored at a good time. The boys dug in and the second goal was the icing on the cake.

"The boys had to put their bodies on the line and defend and we did that well. We want to maintain that special feeling going into the Bolton game."

WHAT HE SAID

"I think this will be even tougher, given it is on their patch and they have improved a lot."

Head coach Lee Johnson

TOUGHER THAN BEFORE

City ran out 2-0 winners against Bolton at the Gate back in September, with Famara Diédhiou and Aden Flint on target that evening.

Johnson continued: "It’s a tough game, there’s no doubting that. Their pitch is tight, the way Phil (Parkinson) has them set up is nice and secure; they have a lot of experience in their ranks as well and it was a difficult game in the first fixture.

"I think this will be even tougher, given it is on their patch and they have improved a lot. Massive credit should go to them because they looked dead and buried early in the season but such is the strength and character of their team that they have come through and picked up some really good results.

"When we played them last time they hadn’t won for a number of games and that run continued after."

He added: "They have a nice balance. They don’t play with a lot of possession but because they are solid at the back, with expense we know they are difficult to break down and we will have to play at our best to get the result."

Please note: Lee Johnson's full interview was filmed ahead of Gary Madine's deadline day transfer (January 31st) from Bolton to Cardiff City.

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