Bristol City will be looking for a positive response against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium tomorrow. This is following the lacklustre performance in the 2-1 defeat by Preston on Tuesday night at Ashton Gate.
There may be changes to the starting line-up, as the squad still has a number of long term injuries. Player’s you would expect be in and around the first team squad such as Famara Diedhiou, Jens Hegeler, Gary O’Neil and Eros Pisano are all out of action until the new year.
Jamie Paterson, who is still looking a little short of full fitness following a virus earlier this month, may be one of the players to make way. Niclas Eliasson put in an impressive performance in the second half at Ashton Gate on Tuesday.
With Milan Djuric also reportedly struggling with his fitness, there may also be a starting berth for Cauley Woodrow, who scored City’s consolation goal midweek against Preston.
However Matty Taylor may also come back into contention. It could be argued Taylor had not done a lot wrong and was a little unfortunate to be left out against Preston. Particularly after linking up well with Bobby Reid at Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.
Djuric The Solution?
Johnson may feel Djuric is a perfect foil for an away fixture against a side full of former Premier League players. If the striker does start, Johnson’s instructions to the City players must be to ensure that they do not take the easy option and go direct to the powerful Bosnian too often. They need try to find their neat passing patterns that have brought them much success this term.
Joe Bryan may be another absentee after appearing to suffer a knock on Tuesday, after only just recovering from a separate injury at Hillsborough last weekend. Should Bryan miss out, Johnson may either opt for a back three or alternatively bring Hordur Magnusson back into the side at left back.
Magnusson however has struggled to look completely assured in that position on his outings this term. That could open up a chance for England U-20 international Lloyd Kelly to stake a claim for what would be his full league debut.
City are still the second best away side in the league this season, with 16 points amassed on their travels. On the flip side Hull, and particularly boss Leonard Slutsky, are under pressure after just one win in their last six games.