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Derby win tops off outstanding run - Johnson

A delighted Lee Johnson says his City side deserved their 2-1 Severnside derby win over Cardiff City after fighting "fire with fire".

Callum O'Dowda's first half curling effort was cancelled out by a close-range Omar Bogle finish, before Aden Flint's match-winning header in the second half.

The result means City are on a four-game unbeaten run heading into the international break, which has seen them progress into the Carabao Cup quarter-final and rise up the Sky Bet Championship.

City's result is their first win against the Bluebirds since August 2012.

Speaking after the match, Johnson told BCTV: "I thought it was a brilliant game, full of energy, quality and I really enjoyed it.

"Obviously we won so I'm delighted with that. It's been a really difficult period of six / seven games on the spin so to get three wins out of the last week and top it off with a derby win is nothing short of outstanding.

"This is only worth three points but there's pride at stake and it's my first managerial win over Neil Warnock and that's important because it shows that we are progressing, it shows the team can win a game in different way.

"Sometimes, against Cardiff sides and Neil Warnock sides, you have to fight fire with fire and we did that today. Both teams showed their quality at times and I thought it was a good game.

"I'm pleased because we have a lot of injuries. We obviously have the unfortunate situation with Bailey Wright and yet we've come from picking a team on Friday at 3pm to a win and the lads have taken in everything that I asked of them tactically. That is where we won the game today, through the players completely sticking to the gameplan.

"Everything they had for us we countered with something different and we deserved our win."

INTERNATIONAL BREAK

City are now without a game for a fortnight, returning to action at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, November 18th (3pm).

Johnson added: "The international break comes at a good time.

"We need the rest to recover players like Jamie Paterson...get a bit of work into Milan Djuric and Matty Taylor because they are catching up a little bit and we will give a bit of rest as well because they need it.

"It's a chance to regroup, reflect, look at what we did well, how we can improve and assess the next six-week period where there are some unbelievable games.

"It's a really exciting time to be a Bristol City player and fan and long may it continue."

O'DOWDA CONFIDENCE GROWING

O'Dowda's 20th-minute strike opened the scoring and was the Republic of Ireland international's first league goal for the club, adding to his season tally after netting against Crystal Palace in the cup.

Johnson said: "I did say in my interview 'you watch, he'll probably go on and affect the games now'.

"To get three assists in the last few games, two goals as well, is brilliant for him and you can see him growing in confidence.

"He's always been athletic, powerful and is a pest to play against. I'm delighted for him and we continue to work with him to improve him."

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PISANO INJURY

Assistant head coach Jamie McAllister confirmed before kick-off that right-back Eros Pisano has been sidelined for up to four months. In his place, Korey Smith slotted into the defensive position. 

Johnson added: "It's a big blow for Eros. It's an unfortunate part of the job but we feel for the team as well.

"Eros is a big part of our team as a personality and as a player. We've just got him back fit and unfortunately he gets this bad hamstring tear.

"We'll do everything we can to support him and he has a baby on the way! His wife is due to give birth in the next few weeks.

"He's got to enjoy different part of Bristol and different parts of life so we'll do everything we can to give him the correct rehabilitation to come back fit and ready for the last couple of months of the season.

BEN PRITCHARD

Flint celebrated his match-winning header by holding up a number eight City shirt.

City director Doug Harman's grandson, Ben Pritchard, is currently at Children's Hospice South West, a chosen charity for the club. 

Several City players went to visit the youngster this week, who has already received messages from the likes of John Terry, Harry Kane, Adam Lallana, Danny Fox and Chris Cohen.

Johnson said: "We went to see him on Wednesday and some of the boys went to see him on Thursday as well and he's such a lovely kid. He had a brain tumour and it doesn't look good. We're doing everything we can to lift his spirits.

"Everybody is rooting for Ben, he's such a little champion, how hard he's fighting and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."

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