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Posted Saturday, August 31st 2019

Johnson reflects on positive August

Lee Johnson looks back on a "good" opening month to the season, which has seen City put together a five-game unbeaten run.

August ended with a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate, with an international break to come before domestic action returns in two weeks’ time.

Kasey Palmer headed City in front just before the break during the Saturday lunchtime fixture, before Boro fired back with two second-half goals. With ten minutes remaining, left-back Tommy Rowe popped up with a header to secure Johnson’s side a point.

Speaking after the game, City Head Coach Johnson said:

The international break

“We respect the point, the boys have worked extremely hard, we go into the international points with 11 points so we can’t be too despondent and greedy but I am greedy when it comes to the level of performance. There were some good individual bits but not enough team organisation and team play for me.”

Good going forward

“I’m not too chipper, If I’m honest. I thought first half our attacking play was very good, we were bright. Eliasson has put in a few good crosses and a couple we should have done better with.”

Niclas Eliasson set up Kasey Palmer's opener

Communication the key

“I thought it was too open and the communication, with a lot of young players today, maybe too many, and we were talented, bright and mobile but I could see what from the coaching and what we wanted to implement today, it wasn’t quite enough from me.”

Youth

“You need the young players like we had today. They did extremely well and worked their socks off but what I’m looking for is for us to be hard to beat. That’s what we weren’t today and it was far too easy to cut through us. There were a lot of young players on the pitch who gave everything but maybe just missing the organisation. We have the likes of Tomas Kalas, Korey Smith and Ádám Nagy out…[but] we respect the point and move on quickly.”

Han-Noah Massengo, 18, made another start

Injuries

Jack Hunt (back spasm) and Han-Noah Massengo (ankle) were forced off as second-half changes.

“You’re going to get that in the Championship, it’s an aggressive division. He (Massengo) is only 18 years old, he’ll recover and bounce back.”

Working hard

“It’s intense so it’s good to go into an international break with 11 points but at the same time there’s loads to do. The boys will have a bit of a break but there will be double sessions, maybe triples in the week leading up to the Stoke game.”


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