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Johnson salutes City's super September

Lee Johnson couldn’t hide his delight after City rounded off a superb month of September with a 3-1 win at Ipswich Town.

Goals from Josh Brownhill, Famara Diédhiou and Bobby Reid sealed a first success at Portman Road in a generation, with the last win in Suffolk coming 39 years ago in 1978.

It means City have recorded 14 points from a possible 18 during the calendar month, as well as progressing into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

“I couldn’t be happier with the September we’ve had,” a delighted Johnson told BCTV after the Ipswich win.

“If you had offered me 14 points at the start of the month I would have taken it. It’s been a great effort from everyone.

“We have to keep going and keep our feet on the ground. I think the international break comes at a good time for us now to recharge the batteries and go again in a fortnight’s time.”

WHAT HE SAID

"I have to say thank you again to the supporters who made the journey...the support we’ve had has been exceptional and it really is beyond the call of duty."

Head coach Lee Johnson

A COMFORTABLE FEELING

Brownhill’s deflected effort and Diédhiou’s header had City 2-0 in the first half hour, only for Martyn Waghorn to reduce the deficit just before the break.

City stood firm to restrict Ipswich to few chances in the second period, before Reid sealed the victory late on with another deflected goal.

Johnson continued: “I thought it was a fantastic performance from the players.

“We scored the early goal, but we’d already got in behind them a couple of times. The game plan was executed very well.

“I thought it was a great Championship game. There was a lot of physicality from both teams and a lot of good football from both teams.

“We definitely had the lion’s share of the first half, with our fluidity and our footballing prowess.

“In the second half we had to show some steel and some grit to stay in the game, eventually getting the third goal.

“I actually felt comfortable in that second half because I trust my players and feel we have a good energy and work rate.”

The City boss added: “I have to say thank you again to the supporters who made the journey.

“September has been an expensive month, so credit goes to them all. We know how much it costs to follow the team, with hotels, petrol and ticket costs all adding up.

“The support we’ve had has been exceptional and it really is beyond the call of duty, so thank you again.”

Famara Diédhiou celebrates his fifth goal in six matches

NEXT UP

City now enjoy 13 days off before returning to Ashton Gate to face Burton Albion in the first of three straight home games.

The Sky Bet Championship encounter will be played on Friday, October 13th (7.45pm), with tickets on general sale now.

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