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James Crawley

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Posted Wednesday, April 10th 2019

Johnson reflects on breathtaking victory

Lee Johnson says he was lost for words after his side clinched a dramatic 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion.

His side raced into a 3-0 lead, thanks to goals from Josh Brownhill, Andreas Weimann and Jack Hunt but the Baggies fought back with two second-half goals.

And Johnson was pleased to see lessons learned as City did enough to hold West Brom at bay and see out the victory to claim three important Sky Bet Championship points.

The encounter

“I can’t really sum that up,” he told BCTV. “I think for the first time as Bristol City Head Coach I am lost for words. Wow, fantastic game, it could have been 7-5 to us and of course we absolutely blew them away in the first 20 minutes.

“Credit to the boys because we haven’t started great at home recently and we needed to do that…they could have made it three, four, five but then they had chances as well so I think the big thing, after Saturday, was to see it out and it’s no good for my old heart that’s for sure. You always worry and think ‘bloody hell boys come on, give us half a chance at least, let me enjoy 20 minutes.’

But listen, I am chuffed for the lads because they have dug in and again it’s the fourth game in 12 days and we have to go to Villa now as well. It’s never ending and we have to keep believing in ourselves and results like that really help.”

Praise for Max O’Leary

“Yeah [it was a] brilliant performance and not just for his saves but with his feet and his distribution was good.

“He was a spiritual leader and I think we had that in the likes of Adriano Basso when he was here. His famous quote was ‘always believe’ and I demand that off the goalkeeper.

“For a young player like Max to be able to do it, for the back four, five whatever we play, to trust him like they do, really is credit to Max but also the goalkeeping work that David Coles does with Max.

Tactical switch for Webster

Yeah playing him in midfield was a surprise, even when you looked at Sky before they were talking about playing three and how we might be affected by that, so yeah we probably stole a little march on that but it won’t happen again.”

Thank you to the fans

“They were great and I think they saw that we were hanging on a little bit and they became our 12th man which is what we expect. Of course they deserve the win as much as the players today.”