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Johnson highlights importance of rest and recovery

Lee Johnson says his players will be given the time to mentally and physically recover before they get back to action against Wigan Athletic next weekend.

City earned an Emirates FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town after a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate in their latest outing during a demanding winter schedule.

Famara Diédhiou gave City a lift when he headed the Robins into a first-half lead. Kasey Palmer was unlucky not to extend that lead before Sean Goss equalised for the Shrews.

In the end, Johnson described the draw as a “fair result” and was pleased by a number of elements from his side.

Here’s what the City Head Coach told Robins TV.

Fatigue setting in

“I thought it was a fair result in the end. I wanted to win the game. I think they came into it after a really good rest which we didn’t. At the moment you can see individuals maybe aren’t at their absolute top level due to a bit of physical and mental fatigue but I also thought there were positives from the game.”

Moore’s leadership and players praised

“I was delighted with Kasey Palmer and the way he played. He showed guts and character and yes he was hanging in physically a little bit but I enjoyed Taylor Moore as captain. He knocked on the door and asked ‘can I be captain’ because he wants to work on his leadership and sees himself as a long-term Bristol City captain so I love attitude like that.

“Again Han-Noah Massengo gets more minutes in a difficult environment and learns more and more. Famara gave it a right go and I was pleased for him to get his goal because he’s had some excellent performances in recent weeks.

“There were four of five who came out of it in good shape for me. I wanted to win the match of course I did.”

Rest and recovery

“We had to protect two or three players and we need this mini rest, just three days of mental and physical relief for the boys. I can get my teeth into a little bit of recruitment and then we come back firing ready for a trip to Wigan.”

Return of Baker

“I thought he was good yes. He only had a bit of a cameo but when Bakes is at his best he’s a warrior, a big guy whose strong who gets his head on everything. He’s physically very capable so have him back is very important for us and delighted to get him through 20 minutes.”

An extra fixture

“It is what it is. I’m looking for individuals to step up. We lost against Brentford and in my opinion that’s a right-off game after 20 minutes. It doesn’t mean that didn’t hurt but we have to move on quickly and part of us moving on is this rest.

“It has been intense, results haven’t been as good as we wanted, bar a fantastic Luton performance which was very professional, individuals probably will think they haven’t done enough, We have to get that unity and belief back as a group and then go and be successful. In that sense I am pleased we are in the hat.”

Cramp for Kalas

“He made an unbelievable recovering tackle, it was classic Tomas Kalas in terms of recovery run, pure speed and he kept us in it with that one but I think he felt a bit of cramp so hopefully it’s precautionary.”

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