Not since 1989, when City reached the League Cup semi-finals, have the club progressed beyond the third round of this competition.But that could all change at Craven Cottage this evening, as City tackle their Championship rivals for a place in the fourth round.“It’s going to be a difficult test because they’re one of the big hitters in the division, financially,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.“We’ve already broken a few mini-records this season, with attendances and the number of international players we’ve got.“We’ve got a sheet up in the dressing room of all the records the players have broken in the last decade.“Tonight we have a chance to get another milestone by getting ourselves into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.”City’s head coach will have plenty of family at Craven Cottage for the cup tie, and his team will return to West London for a league fixture three days later.Hordur Magnusson (toe) and Joe Bryan (glute) are both likely to miss out, while Jamie Paterson is cup-tied.Taylor Moore and Gustav Engvall are poised to make their debuts, with Johnson hinting at ringing the changes for the third round encounter.He added: “I’m actually excited to see some of our players play. We’ve got a squad of 24 and it’s not easy to keep everyone happy. I’ve got to juggle it.”
The assistant head coach will warn City’s players to keep close tabs on 13-goal marksman Hogan, who netted against the Robins last season and hasn’t stopped since.Sawyers switched from Walsall to Brentford in the summer to link up with Bees boss Dean Smith once more.Holden told Bristol City Player HD: “Scott Hogan is an old-fashioned striker in as much as he can hold the ball up and also use pace to go in behind. He is a powerful player and a real threat, who has been in good form.”I think he has a bit of everything. He is strong, but he is also quick enough to go past defenders and he scores goals from all areas.“Sawyers is also dangerous and someone I know well from Walsall.”Holden also revealed at his pre-match press conference that he and Lee Johnson took a good look at signing Hogan from Rochdale when at Oldham Athletic.”We knew about him because we were based in the North West as well and word went about that he was a good player,” he added.”We would have liked to have signed him at that time, but he cost more money than we had to spend at Oldham and he went to Brentford instead (for a reported fee of £750,000).”He continued: “We have two very good central defenders and they have built a decent partnership this season. They have already shown they are good enough to handle the best strikers in the Championship.”Tickets will be available on the night for City supporters.
City’s head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with Aden Flint.Here’s what they had to say:
Millie Turner in action for Bristol City Women FC last season. Images via JMPUK. Turner, who joined the Vixens from Everton in January 2017 has signed for Manchester United for an undisclosed fee. After an impressive first season with Bristol, the midfielder was named as captain for the 2017-2018 Women’s Super League campaign.During her spell with Bristol City Women, the 22 year-old made the step-up to international stage representing England at Under 23 level.Vixens’ General Manager, Kathryn Pacey thanked Turner for her time with the Vixens, “Millie will be sorely missed here at Bristol City Women’s FC not just for her ability on the pitch, but for the character she was at the club.””Despite only being young, she was a great role model and demonstrated a great attitude in everything she did.” “Everyone here at Bristol City Women’s FC wishes Millie every success in the future and knows that she will go on to achieve great things.” “It was a very difficult decision to leave a club so special to me, but I felt it was time to take the next step in my career.””I just want to thank everyone involved with the club, I have enjoyed every second of being a Bristol City player and I can not thank you enough for everything you have done for me.””Bristol city will always hold a very special place in my heart and I wish you all the best for the upcoming season.”, said Turner. Everyone at Bristol City Women FC would like to thank Millie and wish her good luck for the future, we look forward to welcoming her back to the Stoke Gifford Stadium.
City now have an 18-day break, before travelling to Sheffield United at the end of the month.The City number four says the time between now and then will be focused on recovery, improving and working hard to cement a positive final run-in.“We’ve put ourselves in a great position,” he said. If you’d have said with ten games to go that we’d be sixth, we’d have taken it at the start of the season. There’s a long way to go still and hopefully we can nail down that spot.“When we come back it’s a really hectic schedule. We will have to dust ourselves down, recharge batteries for the last push and hopefully achieve something.”The defender was on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw against his former club Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.Reflecting on the match, Webster said: “It was a difficult evening. The tough conditions out there didn’t help but hopefully, come the ends of the season, this will be a point gained for us.“I think it was a fair result, to be honest. Neither team edged it in terms of chances. It’s frustrating not to take all three points but there’s a break now, a chance to recharge batteries, work on a few things and go again when we come back.”Match sponsor: Hunter Selection
The Robins will be cheered on by the 2,602 travelling supporters with the match presenting a chance to climb above Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship standings.Lee Johnson’s side are in good form for the trip to face Villa, having gone five unbeaten with wins against promotion-chasing Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion included.Johnson said: “It gets fantastically exciting at this stage in the season and this is what players live for, particularly big games like this which is a sell-out at Villa Park and that’s great.“We have a fantastic contingency of travelling fans and we always travel well to the Birmingham area.“It’s the game players dream about playing in as kids, particularly as there is so much on it at the moment. We’ve had a number of big games this season, as they all are, with three points at stake. It’s up to the players to thrive in the atmosphere and show what they are about.”But with 18 points still to play for, the head coach says the players must maintain the focus.“We have good belief on the road and that’s key. We have picked up great away results recently but credit to the whole squad for their effort all season,” he added.“There is still a lot of football and points to play for. It will be a fantastic run-in.“We have to continue chipping way. Of course there are areas we can improve on but you’re now looking for the wonder goal, a bit of magic, defending the goal extremely well with blocks, challenges and great saves and they all play their part in what is a good, competitive Championship.”City v Villa kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday (April 13th). There will be no further tickets for travelling fans. Six CATS coaches will depart for Villa Park and these have also sold out.Supporters without a ticket are not advised to travel this Saturday. Six CATS coaches will be heading to Villa Park and these have all sold out.AWAY SUPPORTERS GUIDE
Smith sustained the injury in last month’s home match with Reading – just three games into his comeback from a knee complaint that had kept him on the sidelines since August – and he is set for another lengthy spell away from competitive action. “Unfortunately it’s not good news for Korey,” said Head Coach Lee Johnson. “We’ve lost him for five or six months. He’s had to have a plate in his foot to bind the metatarsals together and pull the ligaments tight.“It’s a tough one to take because it’s not related at all to the previous injury. It was a unique, freak accident and one he doesn’t deserve – one that we don’t as a football club either, given how important he is and what key attributes he has got.”We wish him all the best for his recovery and look forward to getting him back.”
Following the midweek trip to Derby County, where Lee Johnson’s men were victorious with a 2-1 scoreline, the Robins go in search of a third consecutive win this afternoon.Hull City have endured a rocky start to the season, new manager Grant McCann has overseen one win in the league so far but of course it remains early days. That came against Reading, though in the last week the Tigers were to a 1-1 draw with Brentford before Blackburn stole a 1-0 win at the KCOM in midweek.MATCH DETAILSDate: Saturday, August 24thKick-off: 3pmCompetition: Sky Bet ChampionshipWhere: KCOM StadiumOfficials: Dean Whitestone (referee), Robert Merchant (assistant referee), Steven Meredith (assistant referee), Samuel Barrott (fourth official)
Study with Bristol City Robins Foundation Bristol City Robins Foundation are pleased to provide a range of sports-based education courses to post-16 learners across Bristol. The courses range from: BTEC level, to foundation degree, to full honours degree.Following the success of the Foundation’s first online information session held on Monday (April 27th), a second session will be held on Wednesday May 20th to provide prospective students with a taste of what it is like to study with Bristol City.To sign up to the next information session please click here.For more information about the courses on offer with the Foundation please click the relevant programme from the list below.BTEC Level 2 in Sport – football programmeBTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – boys football programmeBTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – girls football programmeBTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – futsal programme (based at City Academy School)BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – football programme (based at Merchants Academy School)Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching & DevelopmentFoundation Degree in Community Sports Coaching & DevelopmentBA Hons Sports Business and Entrepreneurship