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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Saturday, March 10th 2018

Players showed "character and courage" - Johnson

City head coach Lee Johnson says his players did all they could in difficult conditions at the Pirelli Stadium.

Relegation-threatened Burton Albion held City to a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon, with both sides knowing a win would help their causes at differing ends of the table.

Frank Fielding denied the hosts late into the first half, while City were unable to cause Brewers keeper Stephen Bywater too much trouble.

Reflecting on the match, Johnson told BCTV: "It was a difficult game. We have to respect that Burton are fighting for their lives.

"The pitch was cutting up all over the place so it was difficult to get our footing. It’s our third game in a week and the boys have shown character and courage in the second half. In the first half I don’t think we got going. Burton pressed us and we played into their hands.

"Our strikers weren’t getting on the ball enough and I had to change something. It was my choice to replace Nathan Baker because I was fed up seeing someone playing at 70-80 per cent fit, I brought Maggy (Hordur Magnusson) on and he did well. It was good to get Milan [Djuric] back and it was an excellent performance from Lloyd Kelly too."

CONDITIONS HALTED STYLE OF PLAY

Johnson added: "We were lucky to get in at half time at 0-0. There were a lot of tired legs out there, from both teams today. It wasn’t a classic, that’s for sure. We tried to play in difficult conditions but I thought the quality in the final third was poor.

"We worked the ball into some lovely areas with overload which isn’t easy to do but we just couldn’t pick somebody out; the ball bobbled or individual decision making was poor."

BCTV EXCLUSIVE: JOHNSON AND KELLY REFLECT ON BURTON DRAW