Johnson hoping for repeat of four-star show against Fulham

Date published: Tuesday 21st February 2017 3:49

Lee Johnson: Hoping for a repeat performance

Manager Lee Johnson is hoping Bristol City replicate their display against Fulham earlier in the season when the two clubs meet at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night.

City produced one of their best performances since Johnson took charge just over a year ago as they beat Fulham 4-0 at Craven Cottage in September and the Robins boss has used video footage of that encounter to inspire his players.

“Certainly the second half was outstanding and we’ve watched it back actually because I think that game’s perceived as probably our best of the season,” Johnson told the club’s official website.

“It was a really tight game, but once we got the second goal they went very expansive and we killed them a couple of times on the counter and really secured the last 10 to 15 minutes well.

“So a similar performance would be great. If not, I’ll settle for a 1-0 win.”

The Robins will be without 21-goal striker Tammy Abraham after the Chelsea loanee was ruled out for “two to three weeks” due to a thigh injury sustained in last week’s defeat at Leeds.

“It’s a big loss for us given how many goals he has scored this season and how good he has been,” Johnson added.

“But it’s the best case scenario because at one point we thought it could be six to eight weeks.”

Defender Mark Little has been ruled out for a month after tearing his hamstring in the same game, so Zak Vyner and Adam Matthews are vying to step in at right-back.

Fulham must regroup quickly following their FA Cup exit at the hands of London rivals Tottenham at the weekend, with boss Slavisa Jokanovic spelling out where his side’s priorities now lie.

“We must forget this competition, we’re finished in the FA Cup,” Jokanovic said after his side’s 3-0 home defeat on Sunday.

“We have to rest and be ready for what is important right now, which is fighting for the top six and the next chance for us is Wednesday night.”

Fulham fans will be gunning for revenge against the Robins, who also knocked the Londoners out of the EFL Cup three days before that 4-0 league win in September.

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