Date: 1st November 2013 at 9:59pm
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It’s all eyes on Bristol City at the moment and not only is manager Lee Johnson surprised to see them struggle how they have done, but he’s admitted he won’t name his starting eleven until 2pm because he desperately wants three points to erase memories of the Notts County defeat.

James Tarkowski is a guaranteed return to the starting XI after missing the loss to County through suspension, and he will replace scholar Tomos Clarke who came into the match day squad as cover.

Loanee Joseph Mills has been named in the squad but he’s still rated as 50/50 when it comes to him actually playing a part in the game following the hamstring strain he suffered. Thankfully a scan revealed that he hadn’t torn the hamstring, but there is an inflammation, and it’s one of those you don’t really want to risk.

Mills is obviously into his third month on loan with us, and on the issue of loans the gaffer explained that he hadn’t been able to make the progress he had hoped with the two loan targets he had identified following the midweek game.

The travelling squad comprises.

Oxley, Grounds, Wesolowski, Kusunga, Tarkowski, Schmeltz, Smith, Rooney, Montano, Mellor, Clarke-Harris, Winchester, Rodgers, Dayton, Millar, Mills, Joksts, Philliskirk, Sutherland, Rachubka.

As for City’s struggling start to the campaign, which sees them sit bottom of League One, Johnson told our Official Site that he was surprised to see his former club struggle as they have done, but he’s our gaffer and he’s been working all week on making life a little bit worse for them because he wants those three points.

‘City have a massive budget for a club at our level and a lot of Championship quality players. It will be a tough game, but obviously they have weaknesses which is why they are in the division, just like Notts County are.’

The message from Johnson ahead of the game though, given how we struggled against County, is that City are a far better team so we better wake up and buck up because they have been unlucky so far and if we treat them easily they could turn their season round with back to back wins with us being the second scalp following their win last weekend against Carlisle.