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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Saturday, September 21st 2019

Johnson hails hard-working squad

City’s endeavour secured them a point and clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Swansea.

It was “a decent point” for Lee Johnson who praised the hard-working nature of his players and saw positives from his team on the counter-attack.

Head Coach Johnson said winning games is always the aim though and more quality and confidence was needed to secure the win.

Closely-fought

“I thought both teams cancelled each other out a little bit in the first half which was not the plan from both teams but so it was.

“I thought we were full of endeavour but lacked a bit of quality today. I thought the ball was a bit hot potato, they were tidying it up better than we were, we looked dangerous on the counter and we had the better of the opportunities in the first half but we weren’t in control of the game. Credit to them really. They’re a good side with good quality.

Player praise

“There were some good performances from our boys: Bentley has kept us in it, Han-Noah Massengo again was good but we lacked that bit of confidence to retain the ball and that’s where we have to improve.

Working hard

“I make no apology for demanding quality from the players. I trust them with my life, they’re a great bunch of lads, they worked their socks off today but we want that bit of quality to go and kill games off at home.

Winning mentality

“I want to win games. Sometimes a draw is good and it keeps the momentum but the unbeaten run shouldn’t become a negative. Actually, it makes people feel nervous because we’re trying to hold the run.

“But we want to get wins, we set out to do that today. It didn’t quite work out and you have to say it’s a decent point on the board in a tough Championship game.”

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City hit the road for their next fixture, a trip to Preston North End next Saturday (September 28th, 3pm KO). Online tickets are available via the link below.

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