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Posted Saturday, April 6th 2019

Taylor salutes supporters

Matty Taylor applauded the City fans for their support as the Robins finished off three games in a week with a 2-2 draw against Wigan Athletic.

After victories at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, City pulled themselves from behind to lead until the fourth minute of injury-time.

“Obviously, it’s a bit frustrating to concede a late goal, but we’ve done that to plenty of teams this year so they even themselves out,” said Taylor. “It’s been a good week – seven points out of nine. We’ve got to look at it positively.”

MATTY TAYLOR IS A RED

The ‘Matty Taylor is a red’ song rang around Ashton Gate and he added: “The fans were fantastic today. They made loads of noise throughout the game. They kept the boys who have played three games in a week going. We need them again for every game, and hopefully we can repay them at the end of the season.”

GOAL AND ASSIST

“I’m delighted to get a goal and an assist, but it would’ve been nicer if we held on at the end,” he reflected.

“I remember it going wide to Niclas Eliasson, and if there’s one man you want to cross the ball in, it’s Nic. I sprinted towards the box, and luckily he put it on my head and it managed to go in.”

City return to action on Tuesday night (April 9th, 7.45pm KO), with West Bromwich Albion the visitors to Ashton Gate.

“They’re all going to be hard games now, they’re all fighting for different things," he said "West Brom are a very good side, a Premier League side not long ago, so it’ll be a very tough game. But we’re doing well at the moment, and we’ll be going all-out to beat them and keep the run going."

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NO FEAR

“I don’t think we’ve shown any fear in our last two performances," Johnson explained. "That’s the key because I do fully believe that we have excellent players and attributes that can match anybody in this division and when our boys are at the top of their game it’s very difficult to play us.

"We have picked up seven points in three games and obviously we are looking to extend that by as much as we can in the next game."

BACK HOME

City will now prepare for two home games in the space in four days and the head coach has emphasised the importance of togetherness between the club and supporters to push the players on to maximum points.

“It does seem a long time since we were playing at home but we have been buoyed by some great support while we have been away," he continued. The away fans almost made Sheffield United and Middlesbrough feel like home games which was good and the boys produced the performances and the results we all wanted. So the message is more of the same, keep going.

“It’s great when the crowd respond to that passion of the players and the staff and that’s what we want to see. We are a team, fans, players, staff – all as one – and when we do that we are successful.

“Moving into the last eight games we need to be as positive and encouraging as we can to the players because obviously they are the ones that have to produce the actions, the finishes or defend the goal –  whatever we need to do on that particular occasion.”

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