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Fans can shout us home - Johnson

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Interview: Bristol City boss Gary Johnson

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson insists that the home fans have a big part to play in helping the Robins reach Wembley on Tuesday night.

City go into their play-off semi-final second leg at Ashton Gate with a 2-1 advantage over Crystal Palace from Saturday's first leg at Selhurst Park.

And Johnson said: "This group of lads respond to a 'home' noise unbelievably.

"Our support here is such a boost for the players on the pitch. And I'm sure it'll be there."

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Even if Palace get an early goal, the City manager believes that Robins supporters will remain behind their team.

"They will keep positive," he said. "How many times have they seen us score in the last minute over the last couple of years?

"It's when they get going they know the players get going so they do play a big, big part in that.

"The more often something happens, the more people believe in it and we've got to show a fantastic position of strength both on and off the field.

Johnson has learned a lot about what motivates his team over the last two seasons. And, most importantly, he believes they have got their game back together at just the right time.

Interview: Bristol City striker Lee Trundle

City's 3-0 win at home to Preston on the last day of the league campaign was their first in five games. And just what it did for confidence was illustrated by Saturday's 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.

"We had great form at the start of the season," said Johnson. "I think we'd lost one in 14, and that was Palace's form at the end of the season.

"Everyone finds their form at some stage and loses it at some stage.

"Over 46 games it will even itself out but, over two or three games, you've got to find it because you don't get another chance."

Johnson also insists that the play-offs will be the acid test of whether he has brought the right blend of players to the club.

"When a manager brings a group together I think the personalities are very important," he said. "Before the Palace game I really felt this was my chance to see if I had brought the right people to this club."


see also
Warnock revels in underdog status
13 May 08 |  Crystal Palace
Bristol C v C Palace (agg 2-1)
13 May 08 |  Championship
C Palace-Bristol C as it happened
10 May 08 |  Championship
Crystal Palace 1-2 Bristol City
10 May 08 |  Championship


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