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Posted Saturday, January 5th 2019

Johnson’s pride as City triumph in the Cup

Bristol City Head Coach Lee Johnson was proud of his players after the way they performed to progress to the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Josh Brownhill’s second-half strike was enough to seal the 1-0 win at Ashton Gate as City went toe-to-toe with the Premier League side.

The result sees City into the hat for the Fourth Round, as they beat a top tier side in the competition for the first time since 1994.

Johnson analyses the win

“I thought it was a good contest. I’m proud first and foremost of the lads, it was a young team against a Premier League side and we were quite comfortable throughout.

“They had a bit too much territory at times but we adjusted things, got hold of the ball more, our patterns were very good, their patterns were very good and it was a stalemate in terms of two good footballing sides who weren’t very potent. I asked us to up the aggression, be that running in behind or the individual duels and we did that.”

“We’ve had a tough few days with a bug around the camp and that makes me even more proud, particularly with the likes of Academy products Sam Pearson on the bench and Joe Morrell playing his first game at this sort of level and he’s coped with it like he’s chilling in the back garden.”

On Joe Morrell making his first start since 2013

“It was probably too early to give him his debut at that point but I understand why Sean O’Driscoll did because he’s a talented player. It can be difficult for young players because you spend a lot of time in the wilderness. He had a good loan last season at Cheltenham Town and we wanted to keep him around this season for moments exactly like that.

“I trust him, I love how he plays, he was tired but it shows how professional he is that he can cope with that after not playing a lot of football.”

Thoughts on Brownhill’s winning strike

“It was a great goal and I thought Browny was excellent. I asked him to play a more disciplined role and then he finds himself in the box so I’ll have a go at him for that [laughs]. No, it was a great goal after a couple of little riggles.

“He’s felt like the unluckiest man in the world because he’s hit the bar on occasions, keepers have pulled off world-class saves but today he had the power and it snuck under the keeper.”

Who he would like to face in the next round

“Are Torquay still in the cup? I like winning that Johnson Cup [laughs]…I’d always want a big draw at home. This place when it’s pumping against a top six Premier League team would be the ideal situation.”

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