John­son says City’s style of play will get results

Western Daily Press - - Football -

LEE John­son be­lieves Bris­tol City’s style of play will bring them the re­wards they de­serve.

Their press­ing and dom­i­nance in matches this sea­son has not al­ways ended in a pos­i­tive re­sult af­ter 90 min­utes, but head coach John­son says his play­ers be­lieve in the process.

They have been un­for­tu­nate to hit the wood­work ten times this sea­son and are prov­ing to be one of the most at­tack­ing sides in the Cham­pi­onship, av­er­ag­ing 14 shots per game.

Speak­ing ahead of to­mor­row’s home fix­ture with Pre­ston, John­son told the club web­site: “We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting into this Pre­ston game, back at home and we’re try­ing to get that win that our per­for­mances have de­served. The mes­sage to the play­ers is to keep the faith, keep be­liev­ing and they do be­cause they en­joy the way we play, they can see it be­ing suc­cess­ful.”

John­son also de­scribed how his squad dif­fers to last sea­son, with more con­fi­dence play­ing out from de­fence and adapt­ing the coun­ter­at­tack style. “It’s dif­fer­ent to last year where we sat back and played on the counter-at­tack,” John­son said, de­scrib­ing the play­ing phi­los­o­phy. “This year the at­tributes of our play­ers are dif­fer­ent. We have a lot of quality in bring­ing the ball out of the back, we build well and it leaves the op­po­si­tion in a place where they are ready to counter at­tack but we have to be dom­i­nant.

“We have done that, we’ve hit the post ten times but if a few of those had gone in may be third of fourth in the league. That’s not an ex­cuse as many clubs will have their own ver­sions of that and we con­tinue to pro­vide the cor­rect process for the play­ers to go and be suc­cess­ful.”

Pre­ston North End boss Alex Neil says to­mor­row’s game at Bris­tol City of­fers his side a chance to put things right with their away form. The Deep­dale out­fit are yet to win a League game away this cam­paign.

How­ever, Neil told the Lan­cashire Evening Post: “But we don’t go away with the aim just not to get beaten, we go away to try to win the game. It hasn’t hap­pened for us yet and we are try­ing to put that right.”

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