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Johnson's praise for City's grit and determination

Lee Johnson says City showed another way to win after recording a 2-1 victory at Sunderland in blustery conditions.

Bobby Reid’s opener was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time at the Stadium of Light by Lewis Grabban.

City were much better after the interval and secured victory through substitute Milan Djuric’s second goal in as many games with 16 minutes left.

Johnson told BCTV: “The grit and determination in horrible conditions was fantastic.

“We had to go away from our pass and move game today, taking Pato (Jamie Paterson) off and putting on the big man (Milan Djuric).

“They were the better side in the first half and deservedly equalised just before half-time, even if we had four chances to clear it.

“We showed that we are capable of winning games in many different ways because we needed to be gritty today.”


“We showed that we are capable of winning games in many different ways because we needed to be gritty today.”

Head coach Lee Johnson

Reid’s goal was his ninth of the campaign as he headed in Callum O’Dowda’s corner kick from an acute angle.

Johnson added: “Bobby has got a good leap. Dean Holden does a lot of work on set-pieces to make sure the players know their jobs.

“We’re right up there for the number of goals we’ve scored from set-pieces and I was delighted for Bobby to get his ninth goal of the season.”

Republic of Ireland international O’Dowda was also the provider of the winning goal, scored by Djuric.

City’s boss added: “It was a fantastic delivery from Callum O’Dowda for the winner. It was a ‘come head me in ball’ – that’s what we call it.

“It’s the kind of goal fans love; the big centre-forward coming in to head it home.

“Fitness-wise Milan is still catching up but as an ex-midfielder myself, he’s the kind of forward you want to play with.

“You can trust him to hold the ball up for you bring people into play. The way he peeled off his man to score shows everything that he’s about.”

Nathan Baker limped off with a recurrence of his recent knee injury, but Johnson hopes “it isn’t too serious”.

He also thanked the 1,533 supporters who made the long journey up to the Stadium of Light.