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Johnson's Pride As City Return To Winning Ways

Lee Johnson was full of pride after seeing his side end an eight-match winless run to progress to the Emirates FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Fleetwood Town.

After a goalless draw at Ashton Gate ten days ago, City again kept the Sky Bet League One side at arm’s length in Lancashire.

Jamie Paterson’s 17th-minute goal was enough to secure a trip to Premier League Burnley, prompting the head coach to thank his players for their efforts during the barren run.

“I was very proud of everybody today – proud of the fans and proud of the players, because it’s been a tough run,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“I know it’s the FA Cup and I know it’s against a team from the league below, but we know a lot about League One teams and we know a lot about Fleetwood; this is a tough game.

“We integrated some players – Gary O’Neil got 90 minutes, Paterson did well and Engvall did well.

“I’m delighted for the players because it’s been hard for them. They’ve been turning up every day with the enthusiasm of a top-six team, which has never faltered.

“We needed to work on the game plan for the last 20 minutes and we did that – everybody knew what was going to happen.

“We felt we could go 1-0 or 2-0 up with the quality that we had on the pitch, but we were always going to drain a little bit physically due to the players not having that many minutes in recent spells.

“It’s a long journey so we thank the fans for travelling all those miles. I think they’ll go home having felt that we truly deserve to be in the next round.”

City will head to Turf Moor on Saturday, January 28th (3pm) for a place in the fifth round.

"It's a good one and I'm pleased with it. Obviously it's going to be tough, but the players can go and play with a bit of freedom and pit their wits against a team who has been promoted from the Championship and is now doing very well in the Premier League."

“I’m delighted for the players because it’s been hard for them. They’ve been turning up every day with the enthusiasm of a top-six team."