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Johnson happy with "feisty" Güimar test

Lee Johnson was pleased to see his players put into practice what they’ve been working on all week after City signed off their Tenerife training camp with a 6-0 win over local opponents Atlético Unión Güimar.

Bobby Reid scored twice, taking his tally to seven goals in five pre-season appearances, after setting up strike partner Famara Diédhiou to open his City account in the first half.

Eros Pisano, Bailey Wright and substitute Freddie Hinds were also on target against the Spanish third tier outfit.

“It was good because we wanted a game where the opposition would be plucky and aggressive, which they were,” Johnson told BCTV.

“It was quite feisty at times, but it was good to be able to play this game a long way away from home where opposing teams couldn’t see what we were doing.

“It’s coming together nicely. The lads are in decent shape and it’s always good to get goals, although the standard of opposition we’ve played hasn’t been unbelievable yet.

“I’ve been pleased with the application all the way through pre-season. We’ve been at it no matter what the game is, and don’t forget the players have had a really physical week as well.

“It’s been great. We’ll give the lads some free time so they can have a bit of a bonding night and then play golf tomorrow.

“If we come out of it with no more injuries, it will have been a really successful week.”

WHAT HE SAID

“It’s coming together nicely. The lads are in decent shape and it’s always good to get goals."

Lee Johnson

Johnson said he started with Bailey Wright and Jens Hegeler in central defence because the pair had a greater need for minutes – Wright only returned to City training this week having been given a rest after playing in the Confederations Cup, while Hegeler pulled out of last Saturday’s friendly at Yeovil Town with injury.

The head coach added that Aden Flint and Hordur Magnusson will start at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday and may play the full 90 minutes.