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James Crawley


Posted Saturday, September 29th 2018

Practice makes perfect for Brownhill

Josh Brownhill's second goal of the season helped City to a point against Aston Villa on Friday night.

He rifled a shot beyond Ørjan Norland to give the Robins a 1-0 lead over Villa, before the away side battled back.

Brownhill's effort was well hit and it sailed past the Villa keeper, albeit via a deflection which wrong-footed the shotstopper.

"It’s nice to see what you put into practice goes in on a game day," Brownhill told BCTV.

"We worked on our finishing [in training on Thursday] and I’m thankful it went in.

"It took a slight deflection. Sometimes you hit it clean and the keeper reads it. Sometime it needs a deflection and thankfully it went in off the deflection."

Birkir Bjarnason then equalised on the stroke of half-time, which arguably helped give them momentum after the break too.

Brownhill continued: "It’s always sore conceding before you go in at half-time.

"I thought we deserved to take a half-time lead but thats football, it happens and we battled very well. If you’re not going to get the three points, it’s best to get a point."

And on the 24-000 strong crowd inside the Gate, the midfielder added: "The crowd were fantastic all through the game. Night games always bring a great atmosphere under the lights and I thought they were outstanding all the way through.

"[Now] it’s a normal weekend, it’s important that we rest up now because the games continue to cone thick and fast. Three games in a week or so is tough on the body so we will enjoy these next couple of days off."