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Huge Team Talk Got Us Going - Johnson

Lee Johnson revealed it took a huge collective team talk to spark an all-action second-half display in which City scored three times to virtually secure Sky Bet Championship survival.

By his own admission, Johnson’s team were not at the races in the first period, falling behind to George Moncur’s deflected shot after 37 minutes.

But some stern words from players and staff alike preceded a second-half revival in which City turned the game on its head with goals from Tammy Abraham, Jamie Paterson and Aden Flint – even after falling 2-1 behind to another Moncur strike.

“I’m so delighted,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD. “I’m buzzing for the players because they’ve worked so hard, but I’m buzzing for myself and my staff as well.

“We worked our socks off and a lot went against us. It was quite symbolic of our season – some brilliant play and some awful play.

“In the first half we were scrappy, scruffy and we looked nervous, whereas they were slick on the counter and scored two very good goals.

“At half-time it took a huge team talk to turn that and get them going. The players contributed in getting themselves going as well, and the second half was a phenomenal performance – we could’ve scored six or seven goals comfortably.

“I’m so pleased that we’re very, very nearly there – but not quite.”

The victory sent City six points and nine goals clear of the relegation zone with two games to play, leaving the head coach reflecting on the difficult times.

“It was really emotional today because it’s been a really tough two or three months, but the last four games shows you the character of the club,” he added.

“I’ll be honest, the only time I half-doubted it was after the Brentford game – more so than the Preston game, which could’ve been a blessing in disguise because it meant we needed a major overhaul in the team dynamic.

“We’ve put a team out that’s been bright and energetic, but lacks a bit of experience. We see good bits of play and bad bits of play, but they’re very hungry to do well for Bristol City.”

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