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James Crawley


Posted Monday, September 3rd 2018

I knew the free kick was in as soon as I hit the ball - Brownhill

Josh Brownhill made the perfect connection with a free kick which started a brilliant turnaround at home to Blackburn Rovers (Sunday, September 2nd).

The midfielder struck the sweet set piece into the top corner from just outside the penalty area, after Andreas Weimann had been fouled.

Brownhill's strike pulled City level but goals from Marley Watkins, the returning Famara Diédhiou and Marlon Pack secured the 4-1 victory, to extend the Robins' unbeaten run to three matches.

"To be fair we have been practicing quite a lot, on a few free kicks that we haven’t done so well," Brownhill told BCTV.

"We had been practicing quite a lot, with the gaffer (Lee Johnson), Marlon (Pack), Pato (Jamie Paterson) and Walshy (Liam Walsh) so it was good to see it finally go in.

"I knew when I made a good connection with the ball that it was going into the area I wanted it to go in. The keeper gambled and went early but as soon as I hit it I knew it was going to go in.

"We were unfortunate to go 1-0 down and sometimes it is a confidence-killer. But to get that goal before half-time and to go in at 1-1 was important. We came back out and scored two quick, vital goals and we controlled the game and dug deep."

Watch: Brownhill's post-Blackburn Rovers (H) interview