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Johnson's Pride As City Spoil The Party

Lee Johnson was full of pride after City passed the trickiest examination in the Sky Bet Championship with flying colours to clinch survival at the expense of title-chasing Brighton & Hove Albion.

A stadium record crowd of 30,338 at the Amex saw Josh Brownhill head the only goal of the game two minutes before the interval from Matty Taylor’s cross.

Results earlier in the day dictated City still needed a point to guarantee their second tier status for 2017/18.

“The boys were fantastic, absolutely superb, and I thought we deserved it,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“Our shape was good, we had opportunities and were good on the break.

“They’re a really good side and massive congratulations to them for getting promoted, but we spoiled the party and that’s what we needed to do today.

“We couldn’t rely on other teams, we had to rely on ourselves.”

City have now picked up 13 points from a possible 15 since the 5-0 thumping at Preston North End in early April.

“It’s been a fantastic run of form when we’ve needed it and it sets up the future for us,” Johnson added. “We’ve got another big game next week and we want to continue the run.

“We limited them to very few chances and that’s what we’re about.

“We didn’t do that enough mid-season, but our front and our back (of the season) has been fantastic.

“Josh is a great finisher in training. The work rate and desire levels of the likes of Josh, Jamie Paterson and Bobby Reid make them bright, young players for us.

“If we can get that correct mix of experience, energy and youth, as time goes on we can only get better.”

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