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‘We’ve got to step up’ – Johnson

The City head coach has called on his squad to rise to the occasion as they prepare to take on Derby County at Ashton Gate tomorrow (April 27th, 3pm KO).

Both sides are riding high in the Sky Bet Championship with the season’s end edging closer.

There are potentially six more games to go and it’s a challenge Johnson’s players are prepared for.

The head coach said: “We want to make sure whatever team we put out, and the subs, that they can affect the game in the best way they can.

“It’s a big occasion but that’s what you want. As a professional athlete, the challenge is to always bring out your best game in the most important moments. The players will be mentally ready and it’s important the supporters do their bit to encourage that as much as possible.”

Ashton Gate is set to be rocking with 24,500 tickets sold in advance of matchday, including more home seats available in the Atyeo Stand too, making for what promises to be an exciting fixture.

“We’ve got to step up to the occasion, that’s for sure.” Johnson continued. “It will be a great occasion and I’m delighted with the performances from players, supporters and the staff and we’ve got to keep it going keep the hammer down, bounce back from a difficult defeat but the renewed energy from the big crowd we expect will make a lot of noise at Ashton gate and roar the boys on.”

The players will also be buoyed after this week’s end of year awards with the Supporters Club & Trust and Senior Reds. The winners will be announced by the club in due course.

“There’s a lot of energy and positivity in the group," said Johnson It’s good to get the player of the year awards done as that brings a brightness and confidence to everybody. We’ve moved on from the last game and it’s all to play for with lots of football to be played.”

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