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Posted Saturday, March 17th 2018

Johnson reflects on "huge win"

Lee Johnson's described City's 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town as a "huge win" after other promotion-chasing sides dropped points.

Milan Djuric played the part as super sub; his second-half header proving to be the difference at Ashton Gate on Saturday (March 17th).

Fulham, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United all drew, with City's win enough for them to leapfrog the Blades and go level on points with sixth-placed Boro.

Johnson told BCTV: "That's a big, big win - make no mistake about it!

"This was a big game with a lot of pressure on the players. It could have been a swing if Middlesbrough had won and we'd lost, so it would have been six or seven points difference and the gap suddenly becomes difficult to catch so to keep chasing that pack [was important].

"I thought we played well. We were dominant in the first half, tactically we were very good but the difference in the Sheffield Wednesday game was that we enlightened the crowd by having more efforts on goal. I felt Ipswich would have fatigued, given that they played on Tuesday, they didn't but we did need to move the ball around.

"At half time I asked the players for more attacking intent earlier, to get a few more balls behind and we were at the mercy of getting boring. We never want to keep passing the ball without intent and we were better in the second half."

Head coach, Lee Johnson

BETTER AFTER THE BREAK

"At half time I asked the players for more attacking intent earlier, to get a few more balls behind and we were at the mercy of getting boring. We never want to keep passing the ball without intent and we were better in the second half.

"Once we scored it was important that it became a different type of game and it was then about grit, determination and defending when they threw caution to the wind. At one point Ipswich had three centre-forwards on and a centre-half up front so to limit the damage to minimal efforts on goal was very good.

"We have to stick in there and I said to the boys 'make no mistake, that's a huge win'.

"Because it was cold, because we had a lot of ball it was a bit damp on and off the pitch today and I think everyone is enthusiastic and delighted with the win.

PLAYERS RETURNING FROM INJURY

"We have played well in games, sometimes too sporadically due to niggles and knocks we've had. I brought Jens Hegeler on a bit too early today but he did well. It was good to get Gary O'Neil on the pitch and he made some good decisions. Eros Pisano is still chasing his fitness too so it's a good spell for us.

"After the next couple of weeks we might be able to get Matty Taylor back in the game."

Hordur Magnusson was forced off the field after injuring his right knee against the Tractor Boys. Johnson said he will be assessed ahead of international duty with Mexico and Peru.

WATCH: DJURIC REFLECTS ON NETTING WINNER

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