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Posted Sunday, July 8th 2018

Johnson reflects on a 'brilliant' day out

City head coach Lee Johnson was full of positives following a successful Community Match with Bitton AFC.

Johnson was not only pleased by what he saw from his players, but he offered his thanks to the South Gloucestershire club for hosting today's (Sunday, July 8th) event, which raised money to support both the Ton and the Bristol City Community Trust.

The Community Trust ran a five-a-side pitch and a penalty shootout, while there were plenty of other attractions and food to keep families entertained.

On the pitch, City ran out 4-0 winners over an impressive Bitton side, thanks to goals from Matty Taylor, Jamie Paterson, Hakeeb Adelakun and Rory Holden.

Johnson said: "It was brilliant, a great turn out and it’s all for brilliant causes as well, both for Bitton and the Community Trust to support the great work that they do. 

"It’s been great for the fans to see the players up close and in person and it’s been a lovely sunny day - it almost feels like we could on the Spanish riviera!

"Performances were good, we got to blood young lads too which was nice and we were very well hosted.

JOHNSON GRATEFUL TO BITTON

"Our thanks go out to Bitton; their pitch is in good condition, it was well watered and soft under foot for the players so I’m full of positives and we suffered no injuries."

The match, which saw Johnson field 33 players in the 90 minutes, also proved an opportunity for newcomers Adelakun, Andreas Weimann, Marley Watkins, Adam Webster and Jack Hunt.

Johnson added: "They did good. We’ve worked hard in the last ten days so we decided to play the lads for half an hour each. It’s a good workout for them, to go through some of the core principles that we have worked on and that came to fruition."

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Johnson said: "We’re looking for the players to integrate, to forge partnerships.

"It’s a mini rebuild for us after losing a couple of key players, but the players’ attitudes have been excellent, we’ve made great signings and that stands us in good stead to go and have a really positive season."

Next up on City's pre-season schedule is a trip to Weston-super-Mare's Woodspring Stadium, which will host the "Johnson Cup" encounter with  Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night (July 10th, 7.45pm kick-off).

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