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Players showed character and heart - Johnson

Lee Johnson says City went from "awful" to "special" in the process of completing an incredible 22-minute turnaround to win at Hull City.

City were staring at a 2-0 defeat in the face as the minutes ticked by at the KCOM Stadium. So it says a lot about the team to be able to steal all three points with a 3-2 victory.

Goals from Aden Flint, Bobby Reid and a stunning late strike from Josh Brownhill ensured Lee Johnson's men picked up their first win over Hull City since 2011 and their first victory on Hull soil since 1996.

Speaking to BCTV, Johnson said the remarkable turnaround was "all about character and heart".

"We had to change our dynamic because we were awful at times. I was almost preparing my post-match press conference to apologise to the fans but I thought our subs came on and did well. 

"We gave it a good go and we had to play forward, not long passes and sprint and get behind the ball. When we did, we had set-pieces and we have effective people in terms of delivery and sometimes you have to learn to win in different ways.

"We haven't played well for the last 135 minutes but we showed real heart in that last 45 minutes and I'm delighted to be able to go over to the crowd as a group and cheer them as they have cheered us.


"You can't always play fantastic football but when you can dig put results, when you're not playing great, I think that's really positive."

Head coach Lee Johnson


"You have to win games in the Championship in many different ways.

"We have got threats in Milan [Djuric], even when it's somebody causing a problem of being a decoy for somebody else.

"We have delivery; be that from the hands of Hordur (Magnusson) or set-pieces from Browny (Josh Brownhill), Pato (Jamie Paterson), Callum (O'Dowda) or Niclas (Eliasson). I think Hull crumbled a little bit but it was because we were relentless in our pressure.

"We felt they had a bit of a soft underbelly if you can go a goal ahead. That's no disrespect because they are a big club that aren't in a great position.

"There's something wrong and you have to look at the manager who was fantastic in the first 60 minutes to get them 2-0 up. Our players, with their heart and their fight ended up getting us the win and that's a big win for us.

"You can't always play fantastic football but when you can dig put results, when you're not playing great, I think that's really positive. 

"We've still got to work, we're not the finished article and I don't want to talk about league positions because we've got much more to come from our performances."

He added: "I'm in awe of that turnaround and I do believe we've got a special squad and a special character about us."


Brownhill's winning goal came in the last minute of normal time, completing the incredible victory.

Johnson revealed: "I saw Browny's goal and after that I got poked in the eyes and I didn't see the last seven minutes. I got eye gouged by Scotty Murray in the celebration and from then on I couldn’t see a thing!

"It was a great strike. He’s got that dipper and we had heard that the keeper had a bit of a bad back so we asked the lads to take shots from distance, he’s taken it on and executed the gameplan."