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We must build our own history - Johnson

Lee Johnson has his sights set on making top-tier history with Bristol City.

The head coach was open about his ambition, with the club flying high in the Sky Bet Championship ahead of their clash with Nottingham Forest.

And news of plans to upgrade the training facilities at Failand can only assist that vision.

Mark Warburton's inconsistent side - who have not drawn in the league this season - travel to Ashton Gate on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

City have taken maximum points from their opening two festive fixtures this month, off the back of an incredible comeback at Hull City in November.

Speaking to BCTV, Johnson said: "The players have shown good attitude. Coming back from the international break...we've secured three wins on the bounce, which is brilliant, especially given the fact that we have injuries to key players.

"It's a credit to the squad really, and how the players have got on with the job.

"I've had to ask players to play in different positions and I'm delighted with our points tally over the last three games."


Johnson continued: "I think the history of the club doesn't reflect the 11 players on the pitch, not in Nottingham Forest's case, because they have a good side, as do a lot of clubs in the Championship.

"It's up to us to build our own history. This club has history of its own but not enough as far as top-flight football is concerned so that's what we're trying to achieve and ascertain.

"Obviously Forest are a very good side with a lot of young players, a lot of bright, pacy footballers on the counter attack and it will be a tough game.

"I went to watch them play against Bolton last Saturday and they got a deserved victory (3-2) and we'll have to be at our best to make sure we get the result. But I think the boys are in good spirits and know we have to play better than we did in the first half against Sheffield United.

"We are at home and our last home game was very good against Middlesbrough and everybody believes in us at the moment and that's the key."


Bristol City's annual Christmas visit to CHSW


Johnson also visited the Children's Hospice South West this week, in a bid to spread Christmas cheer to its youngsters.

The annual Christmas trip to Charlton Farm is part of the special relationship between the club and CHSW, now in its third year.

The children played games with the players, sang Christmas carols, and hung out together in the soft play area.

He said: "It was great. The hospice is a place where it's difficult to go because you feel for everybody.

"By the same token it's brilliant because the children are fantastic. The parents enjoy seeing the children interact with the players, get their autographs; we hand our Christmas presents so it's a really nice feel.

"It's worth noting just how good a job the staff do down at the hospice. I've been there three or four times and it never ceases to amaze me how they bring joy to those young people's lives.