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3 mistakes Bristol City and Johnson can’t afford to repeat in season run-in

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Bristol City were defeated 1-0 by Leeds United on Saturday but remain very much in the play-off picture.

Lee Johnson’s men are seventh in the Championship table, three points back from third and only outside the top six on goal difference.

They have a tough run-in ahead of them and there are a number of sides pushing for the play-off places.

City are breathing down the necks of the top six but they’ll need to have a strong finish to the season to ensure they can secure a place in the play-offs.

With that in mind, here are three mistakes the Robins and Johnson can’t afford to repeat in the run-in…

Another late-season slump

Johnson has suffered from long streaks of bad form in the past, none more damaging than the one that saw them miss out on a play-off spot last season.

The City boss cannot afford for this to happen again and needs to do everything he can to ensure they can keep momentum heading into the business end of the season.

The Robins travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and have games with Fulham and Nottingham Hotspur on the horizon, it’s important that Johnson keeps the confidence high in the dressing room to avoid a late-season slump.

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Not finding space for Niclas Eliasson 

The Swedish winger has proven himself one of the most productive attacking players in the Championship this season and no player in the division has provided more than his 12 assists.

Those numbers are even more impressive considering Eliasson has only started 16 times in the league this season.

For long periods, Johnson was unable to find a place for him in the starting XI.

City can’t afford that to happen again. Whatever the formation, Eliasson needs to be involved.

Over-tinkering

Johnson tried to be too clever on Saturday, taking out Jack Hunt and using Tomas Kalas as a right-back.

It is understood he was looking to add some strength and aerial ability to his side but it left them unbalanced.

Earlier in the season, Johnson reportedly led the league in the number of alterations he’d made to his side, showing just how much he likes to tinker with things.

The Robins appear to have found their groove in recent weeks, over-tinkering and too many alterations threaten to ruin their momentum.


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