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Johnson pleased with Blackburn point

Posted: Mon 17 Apr 2017
Author: Mark Perrow
Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

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Head coach happy with share of the spoils at Ewood Park.

  • Johnson admitted he was satisfied with a point at Blackburn
  • Abraham scores in first half; Gallagher equalises for hosts
  • City remain four points clear of bottom three
Lee Johnson admitted he was satisfied with a point despite his side dominating for long periods of City’s 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.

Tammy Abraham’s 25th goal of the season put the visitors in front after 14 minutes, while numerous chances came and went to double the lead.

But hosts Blackburn Rovers, who had not posed a threat all afternoon, drew level 18 minutes from time through Sam Gallagher’s header, leaving City having to defend resolutely to secure a point.

“Obviously it’s not a bad result because we’re one point closer to 17th and the gap stays at four points,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“The only thing I was disappointed with was our finishing. We had some great chances and I thought the boys played ever so well – they worked their socks off.

“I think our goal was 30-odd passes before we scored it. It was a fantastic goal. 

“But overall we weren’t quite ruthless enough in front of goal and that picked them up a bit, because we didn’t kill them off.

“They were always going to throw caution to the wind – they only had two defenders on by the end, so it was a good point.

“I was pleased with the players because mentally we stood up to it and physically we stood up to it. Technically, I thought we were the better side.

“There were some great individual performances, particularly in our midfield four who were outstanding, and the two strikers worked their socks off.

“That’s what we need to do to be competitive at this level. We need to churn out energy levels week in week out, and our younger players will get better and get better.

“Obviously the focus is on the short term at the moment to make sure we stay in the division and that was a steady step in the right direction.”

Meanwhile, substitute Aaron Wilbraham suffered a knee injury in the dying minutes of the game. 

“He felt a couple of pops in his knee and will need to get that scanned,” Johnson added.