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Johnson reflects on hard-earned point

Lee Johnson reflected on City’s hard-earned point after they recovered from being behind to draw 2-2 with Wigan Athletic.

Pedro Pereira’s 86th-minute goal secured a share of the points after Andi Weimann’s opener was cancelled out by Cheyenne Dunkley, who then took the Latics ahead eight minutes into the second half.

Here's what the head coach told Robins TV after the game:

Point secured

“I thought there were three or four players that were outstanding. I thought Callum (O'Dowda) played the role we asked him to play very well and kept going until the end.

“Tommy Rowe was what you would expect and let’s not forget Bents’ (Dan Bentley) key save at a very big time of the game and that’s worth a point in itself. We have got to do more – subs and starters – but I do believe it’s a good point considering where we came from and how we performed.”

Callum O’Dowda earned praise from Lee Johnson

Blend and balance

"We had to rob Peter to play Paul in attributes. We have got very good players on the pitch and on the bench but I do think that our suspension and injuries on this occasion cost us in terms of the blend and the balance and ticking all those Championship boxes of experience, height, speed, goalscoring, runs…and we didn’t quite have that.

“I wanted more from the performance, that’s for sure. I think we came into the game flying high with the potential of a win that takes you up to second and it fizzled out a bit like a balloon when you let the air out.”

Dan Bentley saved City from going 3-1 behind

Credit to Wigan

“We needed to be patient and play the perfect game on the floor, we didn’t and credit to Wigan. The way they pressed us and the sort of bravery to press us with five or six men proved fruitful for them and we weren’t good enough to break the lines.

“When we were we had some great moves but there wasn’t enough of them – maybe four of five in the first half – and you have to be looking at 10 to 12."

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