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Posted Saturday, January 12th 2019

'City excellent throughout' - Johnson

Lee Johnson hailed an "excellent" home display as City overcame Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Ashton Gate.

Two goals in as many minutes saw the Robins stretch the unbeaten run to 10 matches, including four wins on the bounce.

Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes before they turned the result in City's favour, after Will Buckley had put Bolton ahead, against the run of play.

City had already hit the crossbar twice and Famara Diédhiou was at the centre of a handful of opportunities as the visitors tried to hold on.

Speaking to BCTV, City Head Coach Johnson said:

Thoughts on the performance

“I thought it was a fantastic performance. We were excellent from start to finish. We completely controlled the game, our possession, patterns and movement was excellent.

“My only criticism of the first half was we didn’t turn and drive at Bolton when got into the positions and I asked for that at half-time. The lads gave it and Famara could have had a hat-trick. We flashed balls across the box, we had set-pieces and it was a travesty to go 1-0 down.”

Tactical substitution changed the game

"It was a mistake which we should have dealt with. I had it in my mind to go into the diamond if I needed to. The three came on, Jay was fantastic and and the other two scored.

"I’m very, very pleased with that win because from 1-0 down Bolton were very resolute."

Having strength in depth

"You’re only as strong as your bench. We had that in parts of last season and now we have that again. Look at the players who weren’t involved today (Walsh, Smith, Adelakun, Baker, Wright, Watkins, Morrell). We’re in a strong place and we have good youth below that and good young players out on loan.

"It’s a tough league, the game showed that today. Credit to Bolton because they came here and defended well but we were the better side and we showed that all through the game."

Palmer’s debut

"The best bit about his debut was the cutball to Matty Taylor, who crossed and Farama missed it by a hair’s width. He was bright, energetic and powerful. We saw a big tackle by the touchline and we know his qualities. He needs to get in sync with the lads; a couple of times his reaction to transition was a little slow for my liking. But he’s scored a goal, he’s comfortable, the fans are singing his name. It was a great debut."

On Matty Taylor’s game-changing performance

"Matty will be frustrated now being fit but not starting many games, with the lads performing well. He gives us such an impact when coming off the bench. I thought he was going to score just before that chance but he’s caught the keeper by surprise with the early shot.

"I’m delighted for the two subs but more importantly I’m delighted for the lads and the fans to get a win which was a massive banana skin."