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Posted Sunday, September 2nd 2018

The debrief: Blackburn Rovers (H)

Head coach Lee Johnson and goalscorer Josh Brownhill reflect on City's 4-1 win at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Below is a summary of what they had to say in the post-match press conference.

Lee Johnson

  • Both teams were “honest and athletic but “our relentless nature got them in the end,” said Johnson
  • City are a “work in progress who are going to keep their heads down and keep working because we are far from where we need to be.”
  • City’s strength in depth is encouraging with players including Bailey Wright, Jens Hegeler, Nathan Baker, Mo Eisa, Hakeeb Adelukan not even in the squad today
  • Johnson saw Niki Mäenpää’s save when Rovers were 1-0 up as a potentially defining moment in the game
  • Diédhiou was hungry and it was great for him to get a goal after his suspension frustration
  • Johnson hailed Tomos Kalas as a real warrior adding “it’s great when you look round and see that your mate is going to get a cut eye or what is required for the team at the time.”
  • On his own yellow card, the head coach said Steve Lansdown had told him he could take a “forfeit or a fine!"
  • Marley Watkins' work rate is second to none and his goal will be an important confidence boost for him

Josh Brownhill

  • To get three wins from the last three games is very important for us but it is early days
  • We’ve all chipped in with goals which is important for the squad
  • Brownhill revealed his free-kick “was up there with one of my best goals. We’ve done a lot of practice so it’s good to see it go in in a game day.”
  • The midfielder said City wanted to make Ashton Gate into a fortress, with loud fans who can intimidate the opposition

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