Speaking to the Bristol Post, Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson wants the fans to really get behind the team in Saturday’s home clash with Burton Albion. The under pressure boss said he wants to replicate the noise and atmosphere generated by the supporters who travelled to Newcastle and Aston Villa this weekend.

21st-placed Bristol City take on Burton, situated just two places and three points higher in 19th. Although Johnson wouldn’t go as far as saying it was a must-win game, he clearly understands the importance of it, stating he is treating it like a cup final. He wants to avoid a situation that occurred in the Fulham game, where fans were quick to voice their displeasure.

It is clear that some Bristol City fans wouldn’t be too unhappy to see Johnson shown the door by Steve Lansdown, the majority shareholder, who has recently gave his backing to the former Barnsley and Oldham Athletic manager. Johnson says the crowd can play a big part on Saturday and wants them to bring their A-game,

“We should never under-estimate the importance of the crowd and the positivity they can spread.

“Steve Lansdown (majority shareholder) has been very supportive, which is very much appreciated, but we need the fans to be with us.

“The last thing we need is for the atmosphere to be edgy on Saturday. In fact, if I can pick up the two and a half thousand fans who were at Newcastle and Villa and put them in the same section of the ground, I would do it.

“That would be a dream and would definitely take care of the atmosphere. We need everybody to stick together now.”


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