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Posted Saturday, September 15th 2018

The debrief: Sheffield United (H)

Head coach Lee Johnson reflects on City's 1-0 home win over Sheffield United

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

Lee Johnson

  • Lee Johnson admitted the game wasn’t a classic but believed it was a “classic result" given the strength of the opposition
  • The head coach passed the credit fully on to his players for "executing the game plan"
  • He said City had to go “toe to toe” with Sheffield United but “the plan was always to get us back to the way we play but with rejuvenated energy.”
  • City’s three clean sheets in four pleased Johnson saying “that has got to be our backbone and our spirit.”
  • On the team’s fitness he said: “We are fit team but we also brought fitness and energy on.”
  • Johnson was “already proud of the players and the effort to nullify, contain and then go the other way. It was all the stuff that was unfashionable that we did well – the tracking of runners, filling those areas, the things you wouldn’t normally see unless you were analysing it. I was sitting there already proud, whether it had been a nil-nil draw or if we had been beaten one-nil.”
  • A fan of goal-scorer Watkins, he said: “You’ll learn to love Marley over the 46 games because he’ll score goals, he’s strong and athletic. He’s not silky like Callum (O'Dowda), Eliasson (Niclas) or Pato (Jamie Paterson) but everybody has their individual qualities.”
  • Johnson said Eros Pisano’s thigh problem had kept him out of the game and his injury is still being assessed.