Tuesday, 3 February 2009

City manager warns players

Astute Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has warned his players not to turn up for tonight's fixture with Charlton expecting to collect three points with little effort. Johnson is warning his players not to under-estimate bottom-of-the-table Charlton.

City will be expected to register a fifth win in six games against opponents who have won only once in their last 18 matches. But Johnson dismissed such talk, insisting: 'We can't afford to fall into that trap. Barnsley came here and made life very difficult for us on Saturday and this game will be just as tough. Charlton may be fighting for their lives, but they have some talented players and a lot of Premier League and Championship experience about them.'

'They're struggling, but they'll become confident if we allow them to score the first goal. [I hardly think so given their record of surrendering a lead as at Burnley] We have to impose our game on them from the start and put them under pressure. We have to make sure we take full advantage of their position.'

City will again be without leading scorer Nicky Maynard, who is still recovering from the dead leg sustained during last week's 2-0 success at Plymouth Argyle. Maynard has yet to train since and Johnson confirmed: 'He will not be involved.'

1 comment:

Bob Miller said...

It would be interesting to have Gary Johnson expand on his statement by perhaps naming those players on Charlton's roster who he deems talented.