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Posted Saturday, February 9th 2019

‘Fine margins helped us to victory’ – Johnson

Lee Johnson praised the squad performance as his side battled to a 1-0 victory away to Blackburn Rovers.

It was the fine margins where City were able to capitalise, the head coach told BCTV, as he hailed another solid defensive showing.

He brought Eros Pisano into the game in the second half with Bailey Wright booked, and it was the perfect switch as the Italian right-back grabbed a late winner in front of the travelling supporters as City secured their eighth win in a row in all competitions.

Did he think Eros would score the winner?

“Absolutely not. I’m delighted with it though, it’s a great goal to score. It’s a set piece, a 1-0 away win and the defence was very strong today.”

How City won the game

“We got in behind them really well in the first half but lacked that quality in the final third and they have quality high up the pitch. Tony Mowbray has done a great job here and as I said before the game, this was an honest game and it was always going to be fine margins that would win it on the day and luckily that fell to us today.”

Praise for the back four

“You could see they tried to target Jay Dasilva on the switch but we dealt with that really well. (Bradley) Dack had chances to wriggle and turn but our centre-halves were again in top form. Bailey performed well again but got the booking so we needed to make the change and that worked out with Eros nicking the winner.

How the team are keeping grounded

“Quite easy I think. They’re a decent group of lads who work hard every day. They show the skill levels when they can and it wasn’t an easy game today.

“As you could see the pitch was bobbly, it wasn’t conducive to perfect football but we showed we can compete. We put our bodies on the line when they attacked and we defended the important moments very well.”

Thoughts on the visiting fans

“I think they enjoyed it! It’s another win away. ‘It’s 1-0 to the Arsenal’ I think the old song used to go and maybe they’ll start singing that about Bristol City.”

Johnson on recovery ahead of QPR

“We take the three points and move on quickly now. It was a tough game today so it’s important the boys are vigilant in their recovery process.”

City take on QPR at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night (February 12th, 7.45pm KO) in the Sky Bet Championship.

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