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Robins become 'Trojans' to close out QPR win

Lee Johnson said his team defended like Trojans to see out victory over QPR at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Famara Diédhiou’s 16th-minute header from Jack Hunt’s cross separated the teams as City secured their fourth successive victory and clean sheet.

And it was again valiant defending as QPR pressed hard that earned the plaudits as much as the Robins’ bright start.

Here’s what the head coach told Robins TV:

Clean sheet

"It was a great goal from Famara and we all know how good he is in the box. The boys defended like Trojans again in that last 10 minutes which was very similar to the Reading game. The clean sheet is massive and most importantly it’s another win on the board and it takes us a step closer to our goal."

The Robins congratulate Famara Dédhiou on his 10th goal of the season

Opening quarter

“I thought we were outstanding in the first 20 minutes in our overall game. QPR are a good footballing side but the pitch is a bit bobbly and we got our press absolutely right.

“Then I felt that they came into it a bit more and in the second half we really had our backs to the wall and obviously at one-nil down they can throw everything at it. They took risks and sometimes those risks were awkward and difficult to defend.

“We had two or three really good chances to finish it on the counter-attack and didn’t quite get the final ball out.


Korey Smith captained the Robins to victory over QPR

City fans

“The support was so loud today and they sounded like they were the home side in terms of the songs that were sang about individuals or the historic Bristol City songs. They have definitely earned the three points today and kept us in it with their energy and enthusiasm when a couple of the players flagged and were a little bit tired.”

City fans show their support for new signing Nahki Wells

Nahki Wells debut

Nahki Wells came off the bench against the team with whom he had spent the first half of the season, while fellow new signings Marks Henriksen and Filip Benković were pitchside having been signed after the cut-off for availability for this game.

“He has come on and been very good. He was unlucky not to score the little flick header – I think he thought he was offside – and a good breakaway where maybe he could have slipped somebody in. But he worked hard and is busy and bright and I have no doubt that he is going to be a very successful signing for us.”