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Johnson "wired and chuffed" after City late show

Lee Johnson hailed the spirit of City’s players and fans alike after seeing his team conjure up the latest of equalisers at Brentford.

The hosts will feel hard done by having forced Frank Fielding into a string of fine saves and led 2-1 until the eighth minute of added time.

But City, who took the lead through Josh Brownhill, never gave up and were rewarded for peppering the Brentford goal by Bobby Reid’s dramatic leveller in a gripping finale.

“We showed a great spirit tonight and the fans were unbelievable – probably up there with the best I’ve heard and seen from them,” Johnson told BCTV.

“They never stopped supporting the boys and you know I’m happy when I’ve got two grazes on my knees from doing knee slides like Alex Ferguson in the 98th minute!

“I’m wired and chuffed because we now go into two home games and our fans are going to be so important because it’s tough to go through this many games at the start of the season.

“It’s a big point because they’re a good side and we had to defend. Even players not used to defending had to defend a lot.

“They’re a top side on the ball, but off the ball you can break on them and create chances.

“We gave it everything we’ve got right to the end. I thought we should’ve had a penalty with the handball and the defender did great to clear Callum’s (O’Dowda’s) effort.

“We threw caution to the wind and I’m delighted for young Freddie (Hinds) to come on for his league debut. He was a threat – he gave us that energy and impetus with Callum, along with Gary O’Neil’s experience, to get us back in the game.

“Frank Fielding was fantastic. He had to be called upon five or six times, including one great save down to his left. On the flipside I want us to defend slightly higher than we did tonight.

“I think we’re a better team this year in that everybody works hard for each other and puts their bodies on the line.”

Meanwhile, the head coach revealed Bosnian striker Milan Djuric has had an operation on a recurring groin problem and now faces a prolonged absence of nine to 12 weeks on the sidelines.

WHAT HE SAID

"You know I’m happy when I’ve got two grazes on my knees from doing knee slides like Alex Ferguson in the 98th minute!"

Lee Johnson