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James Crawley

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Posted Saturday, February 2nd 2019

Johnson's vow to improve City further

City Head Coach Lee Johnson wants to enhance City's performances even more after they stretched their unbeaten run in a 2-0 home win against Swansea City.

His side raced into the lead at the start of the second half thanks to Andreas Weimann’s header, with Callum O’Dowda wrapping up the points in a controlled display at Ashton Gate.

Johnson was particularly impressed with how his younger players coped with the energy of the game, supported by a roaring BS3.

Reaction to the performance

“I thought it was a fantastic performance from the lads in a really good game. Passions were high and it was highly charged which was good for the atmosphere. It was almost an old-school match and our young players thrived in that environment.

“People like Jay Dasilva, Browny (Josh Brownhill), Eliasson, O’Dowda - they all handled it. We respect they (Swansea) are a good side, they’re silky but we managed to be brave with a high line, got in and amongst them and then we countered well.”

On Weimann scoring again

“He’ll be disappointed because he scored two goals which were perfectly good goals; one against Nottingham Forest and then one today which was two yards onside.

“I had to pick him up a little bit at half-time. I asked how much his goal bonus was, said I’d pay it and he said ‘I’m not on on a goal bonus’ to which I replied ‘I know” [laughs]. I’ll have to buy him a meal out with his missus."

Still areas to improve

“He was fantastic today as was everybody in terms of energy. The substitutes enhanced our energy as soon as they came on, they were straight into it.

“The performance is important and there are still areas we can improve on. As a coach, it’s about chipping away at the improvement points. There were things we needed to adjust at half-time.

“In the second-half there were times we could have put more quality balls into the box, were we filling the right areas? Were we pressing off the right triggers and we go back and evaluate the game, the performance in the cold light of day and then work on what we need to improve.

“The positive thing is we have a good squad this year and if we can stay away from injuries, plus we have lots of players to come back (Korey Smith, Niki Mäenpää, Jack Hunt, Nathan Baker, Liam Walsh). These are all big players but we are dealing with every hurdle which is nice to see.”

A thank you to the ground staff

“Credit to the crowd who were fantastic. It was a real club performance today, massive credit goes to the ground staff and stewards who came in to clear the surrounding areas.

“We needed the game on today because we can’t have a clog up of games. We’re still in the cup and it’s important people put a shift in to keep the game on.

“The ground staff were clearing the pitch which allowed us to train here yesterday and all these things are important. Credit to Dan Sparks and his team for a fantastic work ethic this weekend!”

City return to Sky Bet Championship action off the back of seven games unbeaten in all competitions next weekend.

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