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Johnson reflects as City extend unbeaten home run

City extended their unbeaten run at Ashton Gate to seven games with Head Coach Lee Johnson praising the Robins' build-up play against Nottingham Forest.

The Robins, who included six players returning from international duty, earned another point in front of a 23,500-plus crowd but were unable to find a cutting edge.

Forest challenge

City were up against a Forest team who had won two and drawn two of their last four games and were fifth in the league going into the match.

Johnson said: “It was always going to be a tough game. Nottingham Forest are a very good side and you can see the additions they’ve made. They’ve been in good form and they have a strong bench. I thought the boys were good today considering the task and the challenge that was ahead of them.”

Famara Diédhiou on the ball against Nottingham Forest

Attacking intent

City had 33 crosses and six corners, with Johnson adding: “We do want to attack - we do have a lot of attacking players and we are attracted to young, dynamic, pacey individuals and we have to stay consistent with it. We have to continue to play our game extremely well.

“It’s another game unbeaten but in the circumstances you want the win and we did go for it, you can see that with the attacking substitutions. Nic (Niclas Eliason) came on and was bright, Kasey (Palmer) couldn’t quite get on the ball as much as we would have liked and Rodri’s had the chance to seal a win. It’s a little bit of where we are at the moment. We are as honest as the day is long and we are just looking for those quality moments in the box."

Niclas Eliasson drives at the Forest defence

Final third

“It was definitely cagey in the first half but mainly down to their tactical stance if you like of sitting in and letting us come on to them so we didn’t have too many chances, although we got into some good areas in the final third.

“In the second half, as the game spread out we were much better and the final third entries were huge, probably the most we have had this season.”

Execution

City had seven shots and Johnson said: “Then of course it’s down to that little bit of quality or that little bit of luck. The two big chances we created with Rodri and where Rowey (Tommy Rowe) could have nodded it back for a tap-in by Famara was probably the difference. That’s my only grumble of how many times we entered the box and how many times we didn’t make the goalkeeper work.”

Ádám Nagy takes the ball forward

Tomas Kalas and Taylor Moore

Tomas Kalas missed the game with tendonitis aggravate on international duty with the Czech Republic, while Taylor Moore will see a knee consultant on Monday to investigate knee swelling.

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