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Dave Barton


Posted Friday, January 25th 2019

Johnson salutes City’s attacking intent

Lee Johnson praised City’s attacking intent after they secured an Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round place for the first time in 18 years.  

The Robins recovered from Mark Beevers’ sixth-minute opener to fashion first-half goals for Callum O’Dowda and Niclas Eliasson, putting City into the hat for Monday evening’s last-16 draw.

“There’s been a few mini-records that we have broken over the last couple of years and it’s nice because the fan base love a cup run,” Johnson told BCTV on the 25th anniversary of the club's 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

“We are in the last 16 now and we know it will be tough. But we know that we can win any particular game and have proved that, particularly against Premier League sides in the last 18 months.

“To be honest I’d like the lowest ranked team at home – it doesn’t mean it’ll be an easy game of course but I want to make sure our focus is on the league and the cup run is a nice little sideshow. It’s good for the squad because it means that even if you are not playing in the league there’s a good chance you’ll have a game in the next round.”

City were shocked into action with Bolton’s opener and Johnson added: “We got our tails up and started to get some waves of attack and there were two fantastic goals on our part, one from Callum in terms of the tactical play and Niclas Eliasson’s effort with which he’ll go home very happy.

“I thought Joe Morrell was excellent tonight. I love the way he plays, his tidy up play, how soft his touch is, the weight with which he gives the ball to his team-mates.

“I also thought Kasey Palmer gave us that bit of spark when we needed it. He’s still got to get into our systems and that may take a little bit of time. But he’s got that physical prowess and technical ability to go past people and put them on the back foot."

City’s unbeaten run stretches to 12 games with six consecutive victories and Johnson added: “Our focus has to return to the league very quickly because next week we have a big game at home to Swansea.”