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Johnson Hails 'Show With Many Different Meanings'

Lee Johnson described Bristol City’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town as 'a show with many different meanings' after his side signed off from Ashton Gate in style in the last home match of the season.

Goals from Joe Bryan and Lee Tomlin along with a brace for Jonathan Kodjia – the second of which was the 20th of his debut campaign in English football – completed a comprehensive victory.

Johnson was equally satisfied to bring on Academy graduates Zak Vyner and George Dowling as substitutes, with the latter making his senior debut aged 17.

“The show had many different meanings,” the head coach told Bristol City Player HD. “It promoted our Academy, with Zak Vyner and George Dowling coming on, who did really good jobs. Credit to everybody involved in their development up to this point.

“I would’ve brought them on whatever happened, because I think they deserve it, but it was nice to be able to play with freedom when the pressure wasn’t on.

“We also scored goals, which is where we want to set the bar moving forward, and kept a clean sheet, so it was a fantastic day for us.

“We were very comfortable on the ball all over the pitch against a side who normally dominate possession in every game they play, so I was delighted with our lads today.

“It was a great day for everybody – great for the players to show their appreciation and the fans to show that back to the players, because it’s been a tough year.

“It’s been up and down, but overall a very positive step towards where we want to be in the future.”

Johnson admitted it was playing on his mind that Kodjia needed to score twice to reach 20 for the season in front of his home supporters.

“We were desperate for to get him those goals,” he added. “We said he was on free kicks, penalties, corners, the lot!

“I’m delighted for him because he’s been really good since I’ve come in and I’ve enjoyed working with him. There’s loads more to come from him.”

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