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Posted Saturday, April 6th 2019

Seven points in a week is fantastic - Johnson

Lee Johnson was disappointed that City conceded a last-minute equaliser to Wigan Athletic but reflected positively on claiming seven points from three matches in the past week.

City had fought back with second-half goals from Matty Taylor and substitute Kasey Palmer after Reece James netted from long-range in the first half, but Anthony Pilkington’s close-range effort in added time ensured the points would be shared in BS3.

Head Coach Johnson said: “For us to be 2-1 up on 94 minutes is a really good effort, considering the week we’ve had. The disappointing thing, naturally, is the last 45 seconds. We didn’t manage to do it. The boys were hanging at the end, but you've just got to see it out.

“Seven points in a week is fantastic. At half-time I’d have taken the point. I thought we were a bit lethargic in the first half, lacking spark. The crowd gave it a right go for us.”

SUBSTITUTES

“I thought the substitutes were fantastic," he continued. "Niclas Eliasson and Kasey Palmer were bright. Lloyd Kelly did well, and it gave us the spark we needed and caused them problems. If Bailey Wright maybe sticks that one in, it’s game over though it’s spinning away from him, to be fair.

“I couldn’t make the [further] changes, as I had already made the three. We couldn’t waste time, or we couldn’t bring Nathan Baker on, for example, and stick him in the middle of the goal. That was a by-product of our poor first half performance.

OPPOSITION

“Wigan are a good side, I like them. Their midfield and forward players are very, very good. They’ve got quality and they’re very physical with a lot of strength in there, and they can run. It was probably their best team, bar Michael Jacobs who was injured, they could’ve played and they had a strong bench too.”

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