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Posted Saturday, December 22nd 2018

Johnson’s City pride after Derby draw

Lee Johnson says City need to ‘keep the hammer down’ after securing a point against Derby County at Pride Park.

The Robins stretched their unbeaten run to five games after Jamie Paterson’s lifted the ball over the keeper before David Nugent equalised for the Rams.

“I thought it was a great performance,” Johnson told BCTV. “Of course you want to win these games but I thought it was a steady point to continue our run of five games unbeaten.  

“In the first 20 minutes Derby came out of the blocks and were busy and are intelligent footballers and we had to tweak it tactically to get a bit of a foothold.

“I’m very proud of my players. It’s a difficult environment to come to. There’s ifs and maybes - if Diedhiou’s shot just goes under the bar and Pato puts away his floppy ankle and gets a nice solid foot on it at the far post…Carson makes an unbelievable save from Diedhiou – but in fairness Niki has made a couple of saves as well.”

The ever-busy Paterson scored in the 24th minute and Johnson enthused: “I thought Pato worked his socks off but they all did to be honest. I said to them at the end of the game that what they have found is their ‘team work-rate’ and cohesion, while we also have ability, and that showed.

“We have to keep it going and keep the hammer down. The Championship is ruthless and relentless.

“We have another very tough game against Brentford on Boxing Day and the boys have got to rest and recover now and enjoy the festivities. But they have to make sure they leave that last Celebration chocolate or Milk Tray cholcoate, or whatever is lyng about the house, alone because we are going to need another energetic performance!

“We are going to need an energetic performance from the Ashton Gate crowd as well. It was great to have more than 700 fans here today who showed great appreciation to the players for that performance.”

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