Speaking prior to Sunday’s Severnside Derby, Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson does not fear an hostile environment from the Cardiff City supporters insisting ‘the atmosphere will not be too intimidating because it’s a big stadium which, surprisingly, has had a few empty seats.’

Whilst Johnson was quick to play up the excellent job that Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock has done at propelling the Cardiff City Stadium club into a promotion battle this season, he does not believe his players are likely to be on the end of a wall of noise from the opposition crowd come Sunday lunchtime.

Johnson therefore has certainly fueled the fire with his comments, as his out-of-form team travel across the Severn Bridge in the hope of getting their season back on track, despite retaining a play-off position going into this weekend’s Championship fixtures. He is however expecting a tough encounter against a solid team,

“It’s been a fantastic season for them, there’s no doubting that. Neil (Warnock) has gone there after they were relegation fodder at one point. He’s turned them into genuine promotion candidates.

“I think they will be very functional, organised and they have a lot of physical players in their team. They make you defend all over the pitch.

“It’s a difficult game but I don’t think the atmosphere will not be too intimidating because it’s a big stadium which, surprisingly, has had a few empty seats, despite their unbelievable season. That’s where it’s been a good part for Bristol City this year (the large away following), the way the fans have shown how much they enjoy the way the lads have played and we hope to continue that mould and get a good win at Cardiff.”

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