Welcome to Wednesday’s live blog – we’ll bring you all the build-up to tonight’s game against Brentford.
Bristol City make the trip to Griffin Park aiming to continue their good recent form, and Brentford boss Thomas Frank has tipped them to make the top six.
Johnson also confirmed the departure of head of scouting Mervyn Day – a story Bristol Live first reported last week.
Elsewhere, a rumoured target of the Robins has spoken about his future.
Keep an eye on below for breaking Bristol City news updates and features across the day
That’s all from this blog tonight
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Robbie Earle tips Lee Johnson for Stoke
We’re pretty confident this won’t ever happen but former Wimbledon and Jamaica midfielder Robbie Earle has mentioned Lee Johnson as a possible candidate for Stoke, should Nathan Jones lose his job.
In his column for Stoke-on-Trent Live, Earle writes:
Alternatively, the club go for a younger manager on a long-term project and try for someone like Lee Johnson at Bristol City, a bright young coach with a reputation for developing players.
Our matchblog is live!
Gregor MacGregor is at Griffin Park tonight covering the game and if you want to join him for all the pre-match build-up then head HERE
How do you think City will do?
Pre-match Talking Points
Who’s going to play up front (honestly, we have absolutely NO idea), Dan Bentley’s return to Griffin Park and the various tactical battles that could decide the match tonight.
Young Robin’s loan extended
Life after Jones
Nathan Jones is still in a job, although the Welshman’s position is looking increasingly untenable following yet another defeat in the Championship, losing 1-0 to Huddersfield.
The Potters are 24th, in a season they were expected to challenge for promotion, having taken just two points from their opening 10 matches.
There are already odds on who is most likely to be Jones’ successor, as the international break after this weekend gives Stoke time to bed in a new man and get them ready for when the league resumes on October 18.
Chris Hughton – 13/5
Alan Pardew – 10/3
Tony Pulis – 7/2
David Moyes – 9/2
Martin O’Neill – 20/1
Latest on the hunt for a striker
Bristol City have considered bringing in Gary Hooper to solve their striker shortage but the financial logistics make any deal unlikely, Bristol Live understands.
Lee Johnson admitted in the wake of Benik Afobe’s devastating ACL injury on September 18 that he will explore the free agent market to see if there any credible reinforcements available for the Robins.
Bristol Live can reveal that Hooper has been identified as the best candidate but after holding initial talks with his representatives the prospect of the 31-year-old signing looks remote.
Reading star set to miss Saturday’s game
Reading star midfielder John Swift was shown two yellow cards last night in the Royals’ 4-1 defeat to Fulham in the Championship.
He is now set to miss the game at Ashton Gate on Saturday through suspension.
Reading manager Jose Gomes said:
Swift is one of the best players in the Championship. He’s not an aggressive player. In both situations he tried to play the ball.
The first yellow was near the bench and looked more serious than it really was. The second he slipped – before the game it rained a lot so the pitch as full of water – he slipped and then he touched the player.
I’m not saying it was a referee’s mistake – I don’t think he should have got the first card but it’s not fair for the player which Swift is.
He really respects the opponent and likes to play good football.
Dan Bentley on returning to Griffin Park
How the table looks
Last night’s results
Expected Bristol City XI to take on Brentford
Bristol City can fly up to second in the Championship table on Wednesday evening – if they can win at Brentford for the second time in succession.
That hasn’t happened since the mid-1980s, but the Robins can take heart from their continuing good form on the road, the unbeaten run of eight games that the team currently sits on and that Lee Johnson’s side were the top scorers away from home in the English second tier after nine rounds of games.
Still, few teams win at Griffin Park these days with only Birmingham taking the three points from west London in a one-sided affair on the first day of the season – a shock win for the Blues.
Reported Bristol City target speaks out on transfer interest
Ivan Toney insists he is not paying attention to speculation linking him with Championship sides.
The Peterborough United striker has been in scintillating form this season, netting eight goals in 12 matches, which has led to speculation that clubs in the second tier, or even the Premier League, may be interested in him.
Thomas Frank on tonight
I am pleased with the performance on Sunday, the first 20 minutes wasn’t top but if teams think in this league that you can go and batter teams for 90 minutes every single game they are wrong.
Every teams wants momentum or this run of games where you feel you are on track.
We want to do everything we can to continue but Bristol City also want to continue their unbeaten run.
We have a big belief that we are getting closer and closer to the level that we can play at.
We will only get more solid and better.
How do you stop one of the Championship’s deadliest players?
It’s not an easy question at the best of times.
It’s even harder when he says he loves playing against you.
No player in the division has been involved in more goals than Daniel Johnson this season, and he has revealed why he loves playing against the Robins.
Welcome to today’s blog, we’ll bring you the latest from the Robins ahead of tonight’s game.
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