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Dave Barton

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Posted Saturday, March 30th 2019

'The fans believed, the players believed' - Johnson

Lee Johnson saluted fans and players after City bounced back twice to claim victory at Bramall Lane through an Andreas Weimann hat-trick.

City’s first ever league double over a Sheffield United team who had not conceded a goal in 10 and a half hours of league football came in spectacular fashion after the Robins went behind in the sixth and 70th minutes.

Weimann equalised after 30 minutes with a looping header and then again in the 78h from Kasey Palmer’s perfect pass, all before completing his hat-trick in the 84thminute from a one-two with Famara Diédhiou.

Fans
Head Coach Lee Johnson said: “The fans were our 12th man today. They believed and the players believed and I thought the relationship between the fans and the players was excellent today. The supporters responded to good play and there was a lot of it today from our team and the players responded back with the energy, desire and commitment to come back.”

Calm

“I’m strangely calm though I wasn’t calm when we scored the winner! I was halfway up the line going for a knee slide but I decided not to in case I burnt my knees.”

Weimann's work-rate

“We are delighted for him to score his first hat-trick but only that it was the way he worked his socks off and tracked back and raced forward. He has excellent movement.”

Playing to win

“Today we tried to win the game from the off and obviously over the 97 minutes it played out in our favour.”

Korey Smith's return after seven months

“He did well to last 72 minutes but his test scores were all good. He got caught once or twice on the ball but once he got that rust out of his system he was one of our best players in that engine room. You want his commitment and desire, the way he gets up to the ball and the way he influences others.”

Experienced team

“You take out Max (O’Leary) and Jay (Dasilva) and it was quite an experienced side today, perhaps the most experienced side we have got and that showed because we dealt with the atmosphere.”

Academy product Max O’Leary

“Max did really well and I am delighted for him because it was a big game, as they all are, but every time he plays he shows he can handle it. He has a great temperament and is really good on the ball. The back three in front of him today were ‘blokes’ and that helps when you are a young goalkeeper. To a man they were great. We want Max to be encouraged to play his best football and there is no better place to do that than at Bristol City.”