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Dave Barton


Posted Saturday, August 10th 2019

Johnson praises City debutants

Lee Johnson saluted his new-look Robins after they recovered to claim a more than deserved point at St Andrew’s.

Tommy Rowe’s 83rd-minute strike levelled the scores to ensure a City side containing three other debutants – Benik Afobe, Adam Nagy and Pedro Pereira – finished with a share of the spoils.

Afobe was twice denied by Lee Camp in the Blues goal, who also thwarted the impressive Nagy as the hosts kept the Robins at bay.

Here's what the City Head Coach had to say: 


“I always want three points but, at the same time, I thought it was a very positive performance. There were some excellent individual performances, particularly from the new players. Adam Nagy was absolutely class - energetic, busy, bright and played the ball simply and moved it quickly, Pedro (Pereira) was good though obviously we had to take him off, and Benik’s movement was quality for the chances he had.”


“I couldn’t have asked for more given that two lads only turned up yesterday really (Afobe and Nagy). The back five were quite solid. I was disappointed with the goal but overall to come back and get a point gives us a really good platform to build on over the next week to get the win against QPR.


“They are the types of chances that we need to get because we have that slide-rule pass from Kasey Palmer.

“He has produced three sublime passes that Glenn Hoddle would have been proud of. If I was a striker I’d be looking at Kasey Palmer’s quality on the ball and thinking ‘every time he gets it I have got to be on the move ready to receive in behind because he is very good.' What I was most pleased with Kasey was getting 90 minutes out of it and a successful 90 and that shows his level of commitment to his fitness and everything else that we try to do.”


“Pedro Periera has just got a deadleg – welcome to English football! Dan Crowley just gives him a knee nudge. He was upset, not because of the pain of the injury but because he didn’t want to come off. He put one stunning fizzball right behind the back four. He is athletic and dynamic.”


“To be fair our supporters are always class but when we have lost a couple of key players and they get behind the new lads and the lads who have been here a while gives us that extra boost. They deserve the point. It’s the first point on the board – I wanted three and our performance deserved three – and it’s something strong to build on.”