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James Crawley


Posted Friday, March 30th 2018

Johnson reflects on "tough game" in Barnsley draw

Lee Johnson was pleased with his side's fightback to earn a 2-2 draw away at Barnsley.

City twice fell behind at Oakwell but Famara Diédhiou and former Tykes midfielder Josh Brownhill scored well-taken goals to earn a point.

Diédhiou found the top corner with a curling effort in the first half, while Brownhill's looping header at the end pulled the game back to 2-2.

Reflecting on the result, City head coach Johnson said it "wasn't a bad point" after a "very tough game".

But he admitted his side were slow to get going in Good Friday's Sky Bet Championship clash.

He told BCTV: "It was a very tough game. I was disappointed with our start because it was a bit slow.

"Kieffer Moore caused us a real problem which wasn’t great to see. But after we conceded it was a great goal from Famara, a piece of individual brilliance. He’s worked on that in training!

"It was highly-charged, end-to-end football where both teams had spells of dominance. We went for it but conceded. Milan Djuric came on and gave us a platform and we scored a great goal from Browny."

He continued: "I wanted the win and I felt the three points were there but having been 2-1 down it wasn’t a bad point."


The home fans appealed for a red card when Bailey Wright and Kieffer Moore tangled just outside the area but referee David Webb dished out a yellow card instead. The incident happened inside the opening six minutes.

On the decision not to send the City skipper for an early bath, Johnson added: "I thought it was the right call. Nathan Baker was close enough to cover, particularly with the bounce of the ball. I don’t think they would have scored as a result."