Johnson hopes bumper crowd can see Bristol City past Newcastle

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson

The club is expected to see its largest crowd for 25 years for this weekend's visit of Newcastle.

Bristol City manager Lee JohnsonJohnson is looking forward to Saturday's clash with Newcastle

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has told the club's official website that he hopes his side will be lifted by what promises to be the biggest Ashton Gate crowd for 25 years this weekend, as City welcome Championship favourites Newcastle United.

Over 22,000 spectators are expected to come through the turnstiles on Saturday, with demand so high that the club has even opened the upper tier of the Lansdown Stand for the very first time.

Norwich's Cameron Jerome and Bristol City's Hordur Magnusson in action

The Robins threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 when Newcastle last visited BS3 in the Championship, but Johnson hopes that a bumper home crowd will help his team to go one better this time around.

He told “I’m really looking forward to the weekend. Ashton Gate is going to be bouncing.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

“I remember some big crowds from my playing days, in the 19,000s, but to have the largest crowd for 25 years is fantastic and we can’t thank them enough.

“We’ve seen before the kind impact their support can have on the players and I’m sure they will be lifted by it again this Saturday.”

Newcastle fans look dejected

Having won their first two games of the season, City suffered a setback at Norwich City on Tuesday, with Jonny Howson's winner sealing a 1-0 win for the Canaries.

But with Rafael Benitez's men still without a win on the road since December 2015, Johnson may well feel his side have a good opportunity to bounce back.

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