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Posted Thursday, April 19th 2018

We must show attitude and desire - Johnson

City are looking to end the season on a high, starting with Hull City's trip to Ashton Gate this weekend.

With three games to go, City know taking all nine points will give them the best chance of securing the play-offs.

While they are now outsiders based on the league standings, City head coach Lee Johnson says his players can't afford to not give their all and rue any further slip ups following last weekend's 2-1 defeat away to Middlesbrough.

"We want to get the maximum points after what was a disappointing result when we wanted to beat Middlesbrough," Johnson told BCTV ahead of Saturday's home fixture with the Tigers.

"We worked hard but Middlesbrough are a good side and we have to respect that. They have big name players and big resources behind them but on the day we couldn’t quite finish our chances. We didn’t keep them out, we weren’t rigid enough, we struggled at the back when handling their threats so the challenge now is to get all nine points.

"It’s not an easy challenge but we would kick ourselves if we don’t go into the games with the correct attitude or desire, when nine more points could prove to be enough to get into the play-offs."

EXCLUSIVE: LEE JOHNSON'S PRE-HULL CITY INTERVIEW IN FULL

WHAT HE SAID:

"It’s not an easy challenge but we would kick ourselves if we don’t go into the games with the correct attitude or desire."

Head coach, Lee Johnson

"The boys have worked extremely hard, its been another good week in training but inevitably we need to cross the line, perform to our best and influence others around us.

"I have a good group, they are naturally disappointed as we all are when we don’t get a result because you want to win but we bounce back quickly. The marker is in training and we are training well, there’s enthusiasm."

He added: “There are still areas we need to improve on as a football club but I think the awards we have received both on and off the pitch show we are heading in the right direction."

BRYAN AND REID AWARDED

Left-back Joe Bryan and striker Bobby Reid are the City pair to have been rewarded for their efforts recently.

Bryan received the PFA Player in the Community award last weekend, while Reid has been named in the season's Championship best XI, as well as picking up the EFL and PFA Team of the Year accolades.

Reflecing on his players' achievements, Johnson said: “Joe winning his award shows what a great person he is but I am sure it wasn’t by design because he is genuinely a good person everyday and that’s manifested in an award.

“It’s brilliant for Bobby to pick up his awards too. To be voted by his peers is the biggest accolade and I’m delighted for him. He’s worked hard and he sets the standards for everyone else.”

REID'S DEVELOPMENT

He added the awards reflected the hard work of Bobby’s coaches too, those who have been part of his development since he entered the City Academy as a child.

“Its a real credit to everyone whose played a part in Bobby’s performances over the years and his rise," Johnson continued.

"He had a slight frame as a young player and I remember when he was 16 he would struggle to hit the crossbar from the edge of the box, so his physicality has improved!

"He’s always been technically good and sharp but he’s matured and he is blossoming at exactly the right time."

WATCH: REID LOOKS AHEAD TO TIGERS CHALLENGE

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