Banner image

Johnson Lauds Deadly Duo

Lee Johnson was full of praise for Bristol City’s new-look front two as Jonathan Kodjia and Lee Tomlin combined to deadly effect at Stadium:MK.

Kodjia had been nursing his first noticeable goal drought in a red shirt before the trip to struggling MK Dons, but opened the scoring from Tomlin’s cross at a crucial time in the dying moments of the first half – his first in the Championship for 11 league games.

Confidence restored, the Frenchman doubled his tally for the day to take his season total to 12 with an excellent finish from Joe Bryan’s perfectly weighted pass on the hour, firing City eight points clear of the drop zone in the process.

“I thought we were very good,” head coach Johnson told Bristol City Player HD. “We were structured, we were organised and the players pressed really well.

“We’ve worked really hard on the triggers of our pressing – when we go (to press the ball), to make sure we go together as a team.

“Even I was wondering what Tomlin was doing there. I think he must’ve had an energy gel about five seconds before because he got a turbo boost from somewhere!

“He shut two men down and they gave it away. And when he gets the ball on the edge of the box, you know he will pick someone out.

“It was another excellent performance from the front two, Tomlin and Kodjia, and it’s fantastic for him to get his two goals.

“He (Kodjia) had that look in his eye before the game. He’s quick, he’s bright and when the ball gets played over the top, you do fancy him to go and finish.

“He’s doing really well and I’m really pleased with him. He’s been taking in the tactical stuff and I’ve been getting the translator to send him text messages of things he needs to do, because it’s all about understanding your job role.

“But it’s difficult to single people out because it was a really good away team performance. In my opinion, we thoroughly deserved it.

“There’s still a bit more to do in terms of that assuredness and quality in possession, but I think we had many more shots than them and we kept going for it.

“Even when it was 2-0 and you think ‘it’s a relegation battle, are we going to sit off?’ we kept going and limited them to very few opportunities.”

Related News

Report: MK Dons 0-2 Bristol City

Report: MK Dons 0-2 Bristol City

Posted: Saturday, February 20th 2016

Bristol Sport TV - Featuring Beauden Barrett

Bristol Sport TV - Featuring Beauden Barrett

Posted: Friday, February 19th 2016

Latest News

🗓  Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

🗓 Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

✍️ Cataldo signs to stay in the West Country

✍️ Cataldo signs to stay in the West Country

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

📣 Trustee of Robins Foundation

📣 Trustee of Robins Foundation

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

✍️ Morgan pens new deal

✍️ Morgan pens new deal

Posted: Thursday, May 26th 2022

Also from Bristol Sport

More than 9,000 Season Tickets sold
Rugby icon

More than 9,000 Season Tickets sold

Season Tickets for the 2022/23 campaign are selling at a record pace, with more than 9,000 supporters already committed.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Trevett named in England U18 squad for South Africa tour
Rugby icon

Trevett named in England U18 squad for South Africa tour

Academy U18 prop Louie Trevett has been named in the England U18 squad for the summer tour to South Africa.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Omar Mouneimne leaves by mutual consent
Rugby icon

Omar Mouneimne leaves by mutual consent

Omar Mouneimne has left Bristol Bears by mutual consent, the club can confirm.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Charles Piutau named in Tonga squad for Pacific Nations Cup
Rugby icon

Charles Piutau named in Tonga squad for Pacific Nations Cup

Charles Piutau has been named in the Tonga squad to compete in July’s Pacific Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend
Basketball icon

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend

The Matthew Bromley memorial basketball games will take place from 4pm on Saturday, May 28th at the SGS College Arena.

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th 2022 • Basketball