Sunderland v Bristol City: Robins flying – and out to repay the club’s support

Bistol City manager Lee Johnson suffers during last weekend's 3-0 defeat to Leeds
Bistol City manager Lee Johnson suffers during last weekend's 3-0 defeat to Leeds
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Assistant head coach Dean Holden is looking for Bristol City’s players to repay the support given to them for today’s Championship match at Sunderland.

The seventh-placed Robins flew into the North East yesterday to avoid potential problems on the roads, and will jet south again after the match, a move which should benefit preparations for Tuesday’s visit to Fulham.

Holden said: “We’re very grateful that we can fly to Sunderland and it shows the club is looking to do the things in the right way.

“What we need to do now is make sure we put in a good performance on the pitch.”

City may have lost their last league game 3-0, to Leeds United last weekend, but spirits are high following the impressive 4-1 Carabao Cup triumph against Premier League team Crystal Palace, a game which attracted a vociferous crowd of 21,901.

Attendances are up at Ashton Gate, with Lee Johnson’s men enjoying an excellent start to the campaign, and around 1,500 Bristol City supporters will be in the North Stand Upper at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.

“We’ll be taking a very good following to the Stadium of Light and that’ll give everyone a boost,” Holden told BCTV.

“It was a great crowd on Tuesday night and the optimism about the place is great right now.”