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Posted Wednesday, September 12th 2018

‘We must get the balance right’ - Johnson

City must “be at their best” if they are to record a fourth-consecutive win this weekend, head coach Lee Johnson believes.

City head into Saturday’s (September 15th, 3pm kick-off) home clash with Sheffield United in good form, knowing another victory would see them leapfrog the Blades.

It’s a top-six encounter, despite the 2018/19 season’s infancy, with United and City occupying third and sixth in the Sky Bet Championship, respectively.

“The boys are confident and it’s important that line doesn’t roll over into complacency,” Johnson told bcfc.co.uk.

“We have to be at it, we have to be on the front foot, be forward-thinking but with the defensive mindset from the start.

“We’ve got to get the balance between soldier and artist and I think we’ll have to be at our best, particularly in this game because of Sheffield United’s strengths.”

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The match at Ashton Gate comes after the first international break of the season, which saw 11 City players called-up for international duty. Callum O’Dowda, Lloyd Kelly, Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas were among those in the first team to play on the international stage over the last fortnight.

Johnson added: “I think the international break naturally affects the dynamic because you’ve lost five or six players - particularly in our case - and you can’t get to work with those players for the week but seeing them there and looking at the strength of our squad, it’s very positive.

“Sheffield United are a good, strong side, they work their system very, very well and they cause opposition problems. They’ve started well, as have we, but I think it will be fantastic game.

“We’re a good side, and we will make sure we do our best to impose our strengths on their weaknesses. All teams have weaknesses in the Championship and we’ll certainly have to be at our best to make sure we put on a really good performance and do our best to get the three points on Saturday.”

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