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James Crawley

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Posted Tuesday, March 12th 2019

Johnson ready for final push

Lee Johnson said the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town could be “the most important point” as City now look ahead to the final ten-game run-in.

After a slow start at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night, Adam Webster headed in the opener before Ipswich grabbed their equaliser courtesy of Lloyd Kelly’s unfortunate own goal.

While Johnson saw room for improvement, he is encouraged to find his team so high in the division with few games remaining before the end of the campaign.

But the City head coach is also relishing the 18-day break before City travel to face Sheffield United.

'Important point'

“I won’t hide that the performance levels weren’t good enough but that could be the most important point of the season, we don’t know yet.

“We’re sat sixth with ten games to go and if we had a ticket at the start of the season to take that then I am sure we all would have done. I’m alright, obviously we wanted to win the game. We had a poor first 15 minutes, a good 30 minutes after but we didn’t get going in the second half."

Areas to improve

“We were slipping, we weren’t physically holding on to the ball and there were basic errors. In defence of the players, it was difficult with the wind because the ball was swirling, and it wasn’t easy to judge the ball but as a general rule it’s another point in the Championship.

“Sometimes we have to take it, move on and not lose confidence."

The international break

“We need the break, the lads need to refocus, dig deep and relax. They need to enjoy the position they are in and I think the fans do to. I can assure you we are working as hard as we possibly can to give it a go. It’s a natural reset button that we need, given the tough spell. I’m excited, we have ten games to go so let’s make them fantastic ones.”

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