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Posted Friday, April 19th 2019

'Couldn't have asked for much more' - Johnson

Lee Johnson was full of praise for his players after a dominating display against Reading at Ashton Gate.

His side earned a point against the Royals, after Josh Brownhill turned in Niclas Eliasson’s cross to cancel out Reading’s opener.

He hailed the performance as City pushed and created a host of chances, totalling 17 shots from 67 per cent possession.

For Johnson, the head coach saw it as a big response after last week’s defeat and couldn’t have asked for much more.

‘We bossed the game’

Johnson said: “I thought we played really well, I was really pleased with the players.

“I thought patterns and the movement and the bits we work on in training we executed fantastically well. The only disappointment was a bit of school boy defending really for the goal that we conceded and maybe a lack of, or a touch of lack of quality in and around the final third when we needed it most but in terms of structure we bossed the game.

“Our press was good, the boys worked their socks off and we had numerous chances. We won every stat apart from the most important one.”

Battling against a resilient Reading

“There was an unbelievable clearance off the line from Brownhill’s chance in the first half and that’s what I am saying - partly due to them putting their bodies on the line and of course they are in a relegation battle and that was a big point for them.

“They are a good side, they’ve had a big upturn in form, they have a huge budget really for the division and that brings good players. That’s what you expect so for us it’s not a bad day because I think performance-wise, and to pick up the point particularly after a loss, is not a disaster. We know we have big games to come and we are going to thrive in that uncertainty.”

Korey Smith injury latest

“Korey Smith was taken to hospital at half-time and he will have an x-ray on his foot and his ankle. Obviously, we wish him all the best and hopefully it’s not too bad but the poor kid isn’t getting an awful lot of luck is he this year.”

Players’ inspiration

“Yeah we have got to go again [against Sheffield Wednesday]. I said to the boys at the end, I can’t ask for any more, maybe a little bit of quality but in terms of effort, work rate, attitude to play our game we were brilliant and like I say, they inspire me every day because they are able to implement and work to the structure that we play to.”

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