PNE catch Johnson's eye

Lee Johnson has described Preston North End as a '˜success story' as he prepares to bring Bristol City to Deepdale

Monday, 3rd April 2017, 5:20 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:21 pm
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson

The clash is significant at both ends of the table, with PNE needing victory to stay in the play-off hunt while Johnson’s men are just above the relegation zone.

“Preston have a good balance of experienced and young players,” said Johnson.

“They have been one of the success stories of this season.”

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The Robins come to North End on the back of Saturday’s 2-0 away loss to Brentford.

Before that, they had gone four matches unbeaten, including a 4-0 thumping of play-off chasing Huddersfield.

The Brentford defeat was a big frustration for Johnson.

He said: “Just when I thought we’d cracked it and turned the corner, it’s back to the drawing board.

“That’s what makes me angry and frustrated – I just didn’t see that first half coming.

“We came into the game on the back of a four-match unbeaten run, in which we’d taken eight points, and 10 days of really good training and preparation.

“The players were full of confidence after beating Huddersfield 4-0 and they should have been able to implement the game-plan.

“There were five or six players who we so poor that I could leave them out of the next game.”