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Posted Saturday, December 15th 2018

The debrief: Norwich City (H)

Lee Johnson spoke to the media as he assessed City's 2-2 draw with Norwich City.

Here are five talking points:

City’s unbeaten run

“It’s four games unbeaten in the Championship, performance levels are good so we want to continue in that vein. The players are confident and in form as individuals and hopefully we will continue with those types of performances. All we can do as a squad is keep learning, keep building and improving and try to extend that unbeaten run and get wins along the way.”

Callum O’Dowda

“I’m delighted for Callum because he has had a real stop-start season for various reasons and I thought he was excellent. You can feel it as a manager, when players are starting to come back into form and the team is starting to gel and they have got the level of consistency of character, energy, work-rate and quality.”

Famara Diédhiou

“Fam is a confidence player and it was great for him to get his goal. He is performing well and we need him. We’ve had to get him going, he was a bit slow to start this season but he had his six-game ban. But now he is starting to put in some very good performances and score goals and that’s what you want from your number nine.”

Adam Webster

“He has an injury to the tendon in the Achilles. He has had an injection and he should be okay for next week against Derby County. With Nathan Baker and Bailey Wright now fit, it was the right time to do it for him (Webster). We could have nursed him through it but given the fact there are four games in 12 days coming up it was the right time for him. For the last three or four weeks he has only been training on a Friday. To do that consistently the fitness levels gradually drop and I notice in the last 10 to 15 minutes of the Birmingham game that he was really hanging in.”

300 games as an English Football League manager
“I’m very grateful to be at a fantastic football club. It’s a privilege and an honour to manage, particularly at this level. The Championship is one of the best leagues in the world and one of the most competitive and that game demonstrated that today.

"I’ve seen a lot of managers off in terms of how many have been and gone and the average tenure but it’s because as a staff we try and do the right things and build in the right way.

"We’ve lost players, we’ve bought players, we’ve nurtured players, we’ve sold players and hopefully that performance today demonstrated the identity we are trying to play with, the energy and the footballing quality we want to bring to Ashton Gate on a more regular basis. It does feel like we are on the up and ideally I want to be here and achieve success.”

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