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Johnson urges City to 'believe'

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News conference: Bristol City manager Gary Johnson

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson has said it is crucial his side believe in their ability to secure victory in Saturday's play-off final against Hull.

The Robins finished fourth in the Championship, one place below Hull.

"We've got to go into this match believing we can win it because losing is not an option," he said.

"Some will have us as underdogs, some will have us as favourites in their own minds but we've got to go into this match believing we're the favourites."

We're going into it confident that we've prepared properly

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson
City have failed in all four of their previous play-off campaigns, but Johnson is doing his best to steer people's minds away from that.

"This is a new regime, if you like. We haven't got any defeats emblazoned in too many of our minds as far as Bristol City is concerned.

"The last time they got beat in the play-offs was in 2004 against Brighton and it's nothing to do with us - this is us, and we're very happy to be where we are."


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