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15 August 2016

Our guide to the Robins

NORWICH City welcome Bristol City on Tuesday, August 16 (7:45pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here, we take a look at what City will come up against at Carrow Road.

Lee Johnson has enjoyed a successful return to Ashton Gate thus far, having been appointed as manager in February of this year.

Taking over a side battling for Sky Bet Championship survival, Johnson led the Robins to safety last season and has overseen an excellent start to the current campaign.

Successive league victories, coupled with progress to the second round of the EFL Cup, suggest promising times ahead under Johnson's stewardship.

Born in Newmarket, the 35-year-old represented Bristol City as a player between 2006 and 2012, and follows in the footsteps of father Gary in terms of taking the club's top job.

Bristol City first team coach John Pemberton says Norwich City will be one of the front-runners in the Sky Bet Championship this term.

"Whoever finishes above Norwich will probably win the league, so it's going to be tough tomorrow," he told the media on Monday morning.

"They have a lot of players who have played a lot of games in the top two divisions. We've got an idea of what we want to do team-wise and will look at Norwich's strengths and weaknesses.

"We are able to make changes with the squad depth we have now. The aspiration of this club is to play at the top level so these next three games will be a great experience for the players.

"We've got three ex-Premier League teams in a row now so let's see how our young players adapt to that."

Striker Tammy Abraham has made an inspired start to life at Bristol City, hitting the ground running with a series of impressive performances. 

The 18-year-old Chelsea loanee was originally credited with his side's equalising goal against Wigan Athletic on the opening day, only for it to be later given to Hordor Magnusson.

Less contentious was Abraham's winner away to Wycombe Wanderers in the EFL Cup, before he struck a brace at Burton Albion at the weekend.

The second of those goals against the Brewers came in the 90th minute, dramatically restoring the Robins' lead after Tom Naylor had seemingly rescued a point for the hosts.

Abraham scored 26 times at Academy level last term; that form being rewarded with a pair of Premier League appearances for Chelsea's senior side at the back-end of last season.

Goalkeepers: Frank Fielding, Richard O'Donnell, Max O'Leary.

Defenders: Mark Little, Joe Bryan, Aden Flint, Derrick Williams, Scott Golbourne, Hordur Magnusson, Adam Matthews.

Midfielders: Gary O'Neil, Korey Smith, Josh Brownhill, Callum O'Dowda, Bobby Reid, Marlon Pack, Diego De Girolamo.

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Lee Tomlin, Luke Freeman, Aaron Wilbraham, Arnold Garita, Jonathan Kodjia.

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