Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Johnson Knows His Starting Line-Up for His First 'Six-Pointer'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Johnson Knows His Starting Line-Up for His First 'Six-Pointer'

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Byline: JONATHON TAYLOR @JonathonTaylor1

BRISTOL City manager Lee Johnson has dubbed Saturday's showdown with Middlesbrough as the season's first "six-pointer" and claims he already knows his starting XI for the game.

Boro head to the South-west licking their wounds following Saturday's 3-0 drubbing to Derby, but the mood in the Robins camp can't be of any greater contrast.

Trailing 2-0 at Hull with only half an hour remaining, Johnson's City pulled off an impressive comeback to leave Humberside with all three points - and they head into this weekend's game against Boro sitting comfortably in fifth place in the standings.

Looking to move eight points ahead of Boro after 20 games played, Bristol City boss Johnson has revealed his players are back in training this morning and preparations are already well under way for the televised duel at Ashton Gate.

"The boys are in Wednesday, will be off Thursday and then back in on Friday for a sharp session," Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I pretty much already know my team for that one, so we can work on that.

"It's a big game, a 5.30pm kick-off which changes the dynamic slightly with the other results going on (before), but it's probably our first six-pointer of the season.

"If we can beat Boro it'll put us eight points clear of them, and that's a big gap at this stage of the season, especially given the quality of the Boro squad."

Johnson revealed his players will arrive at the ground nice and early ahead of Saturday's promotion clash, and gave an insight into what happens inside the home camp before a match.

"We always come in three-and-aquarter hours before kick-off," Johnson said.

"The players have a pre-match meal and then can relax. We have all the masseurs and physios on hand to give them anything they need, some just like to listen to music, others walk about, some play head tennis on the indoor astro turf we have. …

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