Date: 30th October 2014 at 8:49pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said that there is no room for sentiment as he returns to another former club of his, and current league leaders, Bristol City.

As a player, our gaffer spent six years at the club between 2006-12 and has long been held in high esteem at Ashton Gate, but he knows that with our current run of form in the league and our overall form this season – unbeaten in 13 games – he can focus only on what he believes could be a very entertaining clash, because City themselves are also unbeaten this campaign and that’s a record our manager would like to put an end to.

Speaking to the Official Site the manager explained.

‘They are unbeaten so far this season so that gives us the added bonus of ‘can we go and slay the dragon?’. It’s important we do it for the division because they have been absolutely flying. They have recruited very well in the summer and have had the funds to do it. They have handpicked the best players in the division and are a very good side. It’s up to us to exploit their weaknesses which I think we can do.’

Johnson goes on to say that obviously it’s a huge game, but the reality of football is it’s huge because it’s our next challenge and once this game is over the very next one becomes just as huge as we look to keep our own form going this campaign.

‘If we do topple them, if we do get a result and win it will really send a statement to the league and that is what we have got to do now. We have been in the top four or five in the form table and we need to kick on now.’

Johnson adds that with the top eight starting to separate themselves now in the league, he wants us to keep competing, doing our best to keep in the mix amongst them.

Finishing the pre match talk, the gaffer admits that with the team on a good run of form it is difficult to keep everybody happy, but that’s how it should be and players should be posing him questions and not being happy at not playing and knocking on his door because it should strive them on further, although he admits it is difficult at points.

Especially when he starts thinking about resting players, giving others a chance and so on because ultimately he doesn’t want to overly disturb a winning formula if he can.

On injury news, he also says that George Elokobi was seeing a specialist and hoping best case it was only a lay off of between four to six weeks because worst case it could be three months.

There was better news for Adam Lockwood as he’s returned to the pitch, playing in the midweek behind closed doors friendly against Bury and he managed to get through 70 minutes leading the gaffer to comment he was in a lot better condition than he thought he’d be.

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