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James Crawley


Posted Friday, February 15th 2019

‘We must be bold and brave’ – Johnson

City Head Coach Lee Johnson says his side will enjoy being the underdogs for their Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round tie against Wolves.

The Robins have quite the record against teams from the top flight in cup competitions, notably in the 2017/18 Carabao Cup, with Huddersfield Town beaten in the Third Round of the FA Cup back in January.

But Johnson knows Sunday (February 17th) will not be a walk in the park, with two teams in good form set to go head to head.

“We approach the game vigilantly, we move into this stage of the season knowing there is a lot to play for,” he said.

“We have to be brave, bold and we’re the underdog. We like that status in cup games and historically those teams have always performed well in that mindset. We’re under no illusions this will be a good, difficult game but we’ll do our best and see where that takes us.”

City were beaten after a last-minute goal the last time they faced Wolves at the end of 2017. The sides would have different second halves of the campaign as while City secured a top-half finish in the Sky Bet Championship, Wanderers raced towards promotion to the Premier League.

Fast forward to the present and City head into the weekend’s fixture 15 matches unbeaten including nine wins on the bounce and it is that confidence which could help them get a result against the top flight side on Sunday.

“The players have been very consistent with their attitude this year,” Johnson continued. The season has been full of ups and downs but at the moment we’re on a nice high and generally the players are excitable, while it’s my job to calm them down and keep them focused on the process.

“I don’t mean to be boring but that’s important because the minute you get ahead of yourself, you can be knocked from your perch.

“The players are going into this game confident from playing well and understanding their roles. They are executing their job roles and I’m looking forward to seeing that again. I was very proud of the second half (v QPR), win, lose or draw because of the attitude that we played with.”

A guaranteed 20,000 fans will be filling Ashton Gate for the FA Cup showdown and Johnson is looking forward to the atmosphere the supporters will create.

He added: “We’re going to need the voice, the volume to get the players going again. The atmosphere has been fantastic in the last five or six home wins and we want that again.”

City v Wolves kick off at 1pm and tickets remain on general sale.

There is a special online and in store discount on all home kits ahead of the match.

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