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Johnson Hails 'Outstanding' City

Lee Johnson heaped praise on his players after City dug deep to earn a point at the home of the Sky Bet Championship’s red-hot title favourites.

At half-time the visitors looked on course for an even better result, as Aaron Wilbraham and David Cotterill both found the net to leave City sitting pretty with a two-goal lead.

But Jonjo Shelvey halved the deficit and Ciaran Clark headed a late equaliser for the hosts with eight minutes left – not that it put a dampener on things from the head coach’s point of view.

“I thought we were absolutely outstanding to a man with the energy, work rate, passion and desire that we showed,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“The way we set up was positive, with two attacking midfielders getting nice and tight to their midfield, and big Aaron Wilbraham did a superb job.

“Today we’ve come up against a very, very good side. We’ve bossed the game in the first half and stood strong in the second half.

“That spirit was us today – that’s what we needed to do. We picked a team that was full of energy.

“We’ve had a lot of stick this week – myself included – and it’s not nice.

“We want to give our fans everything they want and they were outstanding today. The players and staff completely backed that up.

“We’ve come away with a deserved point, which is a fantastic achievement given where we were on Wednesday.

“We’ve got people like Zak Vyner – 19 years old and absolutely outstanding. It brings a lump to my throat to see one of our Academy boys come to a place like this and put in a performance like that.

“Callum O’Dowda has been a little bit ‘rabbit in the headlights’ at Championship level, but we see him in training and in the reserve games and he’s unbelievable.

“To take that form into a game like this is why I picked him – I needed him to prove to himself and to everybody else that he can do that at this level.”

 

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