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Posted Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

'Players put their bodies on the line' - Johnson

Lee Johnson praised City’s players for putting their “bodies on the line” as the Robins notched up a second away win in four days.

Adam Webster’s 31st-minute header was the difference between the teams after an end-to-end contest at the Riverside that saw 32 shots on goal in total.

City, boosted by a vocal purple and lime-clad support, now head back to Ashton Gate following wins against Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.

Bodies on the line
Johnson said: “It was always going to be a difficult environment to deal with and Middlesbrough have got quality players.

“But the players put their bodies on their line and worked their socks off and got numbers behind the ball.

“I’m always proud of the team because they come in and work hard every day.”

Early chances
“We had to change our shape a couple of times to deal with their threats but we had our own threats. In the first 15 or 20 minutes they were probably on top in terms of chances and were unlucky not to score one or two. But, once we scored, I was disappointed that we didn’t go in two or three up ourselves.”

Enjoying the moment
“You have to enjoy it, that’s the key. The good thing is that if we were scruffy or gave the ball away the players didn’t dwell on it and the next time they got the ball they tried to play again.

“We just have to play our game and the great thing is that in the last two matches we really have done that. Individuals have got their game going within that team structure and that’s all I ever ask.

Fans-tastic
“The fans were great and they were buoyed by the free shirts – some of them asked for them to be signed which was nice.

“I am really pleased for them because they are the ones who send the money watching us. We appreciate all the fans home and away and naturally its pleasing when they have travelled so far and they can go home as happy as they are tonight.”

City now have Sky Bet Championship matches against Wigan Athletic on Saturday and West Bromwich Albion (Tuesday, April 9th).

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