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Posted Saturday, December 8th 2018

The debrief: Birmingham City (A)

Lee Johnson assess City's 1-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

Here's what he said after the game:

  • Johnson described the game as “a blood and thunder Championship match” and ”dogfight” against a side who had not lost a home match this season.
  • He admitted “it wasn’t a fantastic, fluid performance...we can be better than we were today”.
  • However, he was proud of the “players for putting bodies on the line and heads in where it hurt”.
  • City securing seven points from the last three games (Ipswich Town, Millwall and Birmingham City) was “a good return” after halting a run of four defeats.
  • Johnson said he had asked Famara Diédhiou striker to “get across people in the box” because he is “very hard to stop in that near post area”.
  • He reflected on City’s strong bench which included Callum O’Dowda coming on and causing Birmingham City problems with his “athleticism” and Marley Watkins getting stronger with every appearance.
  • Several players, including Bailey Wright, Jay Dasilva and Hakeeb Adelakun, did not made the 18-man matchday squad and Johnson said this shows the squad is getting stronger.