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James Crawley

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Posted Wednesday, January 17th 2018

We're still in great position - Johnson

Lee Johnson says he is relishing the trip to Pride Park to take on high-flying Derby County.

A win for Johnson's City would see them jump to third in the Sky Bet Championship and bridge the gap on the Rams to two points.

The head coach admits City have endured a "sticky spell" heading into Friday night's away clash as they seek their first points of the calendar year.

The reverse fixture saw City thump Derby County 4-1 at Ashton Gate back in September.

But Johnson is wary their opponents, now unbeaten in the league since November, will be out for revenge in front of their home support.

The City head coach told BCTV: "For sure, we want to go there and put in a good performance first and foremost. We had a very good result against them at home but I’m sure they will use that as internal motivation to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

"They’re a very good footballing side and it always presents a good game. We like to play in games like this. They have excellent players, as do we and it will be a good advert for the Championship - it’s one I am looking forward to.

WHAT HE SAID

"They have excellent players, as do we and it will be a good advert for the Championship"

Lee Johnson

STICKY SPELL

He added: "We’re in a bit of a sticky spell as it appears even though our performances, bar the Aston Villa game, I have been pleased with.

"We want the desired result which is three points each time. It’s up to us to refocus, to make sure everything we do is built around making sure all the intricacies in the game are correct. Only then, through getting the process, the training and the mindset right, do you have a chance of winning the game.

"We are in a great position. We’re going into the tail end of the season in excellent head space; the players are in excellent individual form and while a couple of games have caught up with us we also have new signings, players returning to fitness and it’s an exciting time to be a Bristol City fan."

NOT A CRISIS

While the Robins are without a win for five matches, confidence and morale in the camp remains high, with City still in amongst the play-off pack and in with every chance of making the Carabao Cup final.

Johnson continued: "It’s definitely not that [a crisis]. The players are in good form and they trust each other.

"We trust them as well and we’re adding to it all the time. I did have fears about January, I have said that before, but we would all have taken where we are now at the beginning of the season. The progression over the past year has been outstanding."

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