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Johnson Sees Positives After Draw

Lee Johnson took the positives from City’s goalless draw with Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

The head coach was most pleased with the clean sheet his new-look side achieved, after he handed debuts to Jens Hegeler, Bailey Wright and Milan Djuric.

Although disappointed not to be through to the fourth round at the first time of asking, Johnson insists it was important to end the six-game losing run.

He told Bristol City Player HD: “I thought it was an interesting game and I believe there are a lot of positives for me to take from it.

“The clean sheet is the biggest thing. Fleetwood are a decent side on a good run in League One; we integrated three new players and I thought they were excellent.

“We moved the ball well and had the lion's share of possession – we bossed it. We had a few chances and but for some better finishing or a bit of luck in front of goal we could have come away with a win.

“If there’s one criticism from me it's that we needed to move the ball a bit quicker. We also need to work on getting Tammy (Abraham) closer to (Milan) Djuric, but that will come over time.

“We’re still in the hat for the fourth round and I know we’ve got a difficult journey to head up there in ten days’ time, but I think it’s important that we stopped the rot today.

“We can build from here. We didn’t shut up shop and try to park the bus, we played our natural passing game.

“With a little bit of work and a little bit of luck our world will change.”

The Emirates FA Cup fourth round draw will take place at 7.10pm on Monday night live on BBC2 and BT Sport 2, with ball number 24 given to City and Fleetwood.

It means the two sides will know what’s in store for them if they can be victorious in the replay at Highbury Stadium on Tuesday, January 17th (7.45pm).

Johnson said: “I’ve played at Fleetwood and I’ve managed there on a couple of occasions.

“It’s an interesting place to go; the crowd are right on top of you. I think it will be a similar type of game in the replay and we’ll be ready for it.”

Frank Fielding suffered a recurrence of his groin injury, forcing his half-time substitution, while Korey Smith hobbled off with a hamstring injury.

 

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