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Posted Saturday, March 3rd 2018

Johnson proud of hat-trick hero Reid

Lee Johnson hailed his hat-trick hero Bobby Reid after City put Sheffield Wednesday to the sword with a four-goal display.

The Bristolian notched his first career hat-trick in the rout, with Josh Brownhill also getting on the scoresheet, as City moved back into the play-off pack.

However, it was the performance of Reid – now on 19 goals for the campaign – that hit the headlines.

“Bobby’s on fire!” grinned the City head coach on BCTV after the final whistle.

“I’m delighted for him to go and get his hat-trick. There was some brilliant movement, some fantastic finishes and a confident penalty.

“Moving him up front was something I was very keen to do and it’s often overlooked in football. Players can have attributes to play in a number of positions.

“I’m not sure he quite believed me in the start, but he certainly does now.

“He’s always been a technically good finisher. He’s worked very hard on his movement, watching other top strikers.

“I’m pleased for the football club as well because he’s come through our Academy and that means a lot of people’s hard work has gone into his development.”

HARD WORK PRAISED

On the overall display, which saw the club victorious for the first time in six matches, Johnson said: “It was an excellent performance.

“We played some fantastic football in the first half. We had to shift them about and we scored three great goals in that first 45.

“Bobby’s penalty puts it to bed in the first half and it was good to be able to get Lloyd Kelly and Liam Walsh on for some men’s football.”

Johnson took time out to thank all the staff who worked hard over the past 48 hours to clear the pitch, stadium and car parks of snow to ensure the game went ahead.

He added: “Everyone has worked very hard to get this game on. I know there will be some disappointed fans stuck at home and I know it wasn’t easy for the Police as they’ve got to advise people not to travel, but at the same time they are telling us the game is fine to go ahead.

“A massive effort has gone in to get the game on and we thank them. I really wanted the match played because it was a big chance for three points.”

EXCLUSIVE BCTV INTERVIEWS

INJURY UPDATE

Eros Pisano made his first appearance in four months, completing 68 minutes on his return.

Meanwhile, Bailey Wright (knee) and Nathan Baker (groin) both missed out – and Joe Bryan ended the game with a lump on his head following an aerial duel.

Johnson continued: “Bailey had an injection in his knee and should be ok for Tuesday (at Preston). We’ll have to see how Nathan is because he failed a fitness test today.

“We’ll also have to look at how Eros is because he hadn’t had the benefit of any Under-23 games before playing today. Joe was a bit dizzy but hopefully he’ll be alright.”

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