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Posted Friday, May 3rd 2019

'We will keep going full steam ahead' - Johnson

Lee Johnson says it is full steam ahead for Bristol City, as his team battles for a play-off place.

Speaking ahead of his team’s final scheduled match of the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season, the head coach hailed the club’s work over the campaign and is looking forward to continued improvement in the future.

And reflecting on a season of many highs and achievements, the head coach says the club is heading in the direction it wants to be going.

That’s not just about results on the pitch, but average home attendances hitting new highs (21,000 at Ashton Gate for the first time in 40 years and 25,556 v Derby County setting new redevelopment record), league debuts for Academy graduates and year-on-year league progression.

Johnson said: “We’re on a mission and there’s no doubt we are getting closer each year. Some of the achievements this year, on and off the pitch, have been second to none.

“Look at the Academy players and the number of minutes the Under-23s have played [including loans], the progression we have seen and the dream of new facilities coming to fruition over the next couple of years. These are mini milestones, historic wins and historic records.”

Among the historic moments were a first away New Year’s Day win in 116 years and first victories at QPR and Birmingham in 41 and 25 years, respectively.

The City head coach continued: “We want to keep going with them, they don’t stop now and the message is we are full steam ahead next year. Whatever happens in this last game, there have been so many positives and we will get better.

“Players have to improve, the Academy in terms of young players’ development, recruitment has to keep sharp and get better and that coincides with winning football matches. We will continue to push on every front. The staff are fantastic and the players have worked their socks off.

“We have felt hard done by at times due to things which have gone on around us in recent weeks (including hitting the woodworks 18 times) but that’s football. You can’t feel sorry for yourself; you have to learn your lessons and drive forward very quickly.”

Johnson’s men take on Hull City at the KCOM Stadium this Sunday (May 5th, 12.30pm) with the play-off dream still alive.

Tickets remain on general sale from Ashton Gate until 4pm today (Friday) but will be available for collection at the KCOM on Sunday.

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