Banner image

Author

Dave Barton

Dave Barton writes

Posted Saturday, February 9th 2019

The Inside Line: Post-Blackburn Rovers (A)

Catch the talking points from Head Coach Lee Johnson after his side's 1-0 win.

Digging in
“I’d put the result down to desire. We showed against a very good side with a fantastic home record that we could do both parts of the game today. In the first half we were very slick on the counter from that middle third but lacked a bit of quality in the final third and I think in the second half we dug in. It was always going to be a tough game. I said beforehand that defences would be important because of both teams’ attacking threat and I think that showed but we were lucky enough to earn the right to score the winner from the set-piece.”

Jay Dasilva contributed to an impressive team performance against Blackburn Rovers
Tomas Kalas was a rock in central defence

The defence
“We were going to come here and defend and put our bodies on the line. Adam Webster and Thomas Kalas are top centre-backs and we are delighted to have them. Webster has got better and better and Kalas is well proven for the level and I think he is enjoying his football. Those two are a formidable partnership but the strength we have this year is that we have depth and have got a whole back four we could replace today’s with. To have Nathan Baker, Bailey Wright, Jack Hunt and Lloyd Kelly as well as the goalkeeper is a really good position to be in.”

Avoiding the manager of the month award (awarded to Tony Mowbray)
“I never thought I’d celebrate not getting manager of the month! As Tony (Mowbray) will have told you it is a staff and club award because no manager does it on his own. Tony has done a fantastic job at this club. It’s a great win for us because it gets Blackburn away from us a little bit. They have to win two or three games more than us and we have a game in hand.”



Lee Johnson was happy to avoid the Manager of the Month Award given to Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray.
Lee Johnson is impressed with how players are transferring hard work on the training ground into games

Improvements
“We have just got to keep churning out performances. There are still areas of our game that we can work on. What I am really enjoying at the moment is the players transferring the hard work on the training ground and that flourishing in games. I’ve just said to the players that every one of them is so important. We brought a squad of 21 so four didn’t even make the squad today and two players injured and as long as those injury levels stay strong that creates competition.”
 

Latest News

Pearson considers selection options

Pearson considers selection options

Posted: Thursday, October 28th 2021

Win top prizes when you buy online

Win top prizes when you buy online

Posted: Thursday, October 28th 2021

Downing leaves City

Downing leaves City

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021

📸 City Women entertain supporters at open training session

📸 City Women entertain supporters at open training session

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Vacancy: Video Content Producer
Rugby icon

Vacancy: Video Content Producer

Bristol Bears has a unique opportunity for a talented Video Content Producer to join our media team at the Bears High Performance Centre and play a key role in the club’s journey to Inspire Our Community Through Rugby Success.

Posted: Thursday, October 28th 2021 • Rugby

Vacancy: Bears Women Matchday Media Manager
Rugby icon

Vacancy: Bears Women Matchday Media Manager

Bristol Bears Women seeks a creative, well organised and dedicated Media Manager to lead on content and media liaison on matchdays in the Allianz Premier 15s.

Posted: Thursday, October 28th 2021 • Rugby

Flyers to host watch party at Ashton Gate Sports Bar
Basketball icon

Flyers to host watch party at Ashton Gate Sports Bar

The Ashton Gate Sports Bar will be open to watch Bristol Flyers’ televised clash against Glasgow Rocks on Friday, November 19th.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Basketball

Vacancy: Academy Administrator
Rugby icon

Vacancy: Academy Administrator

Bristol Bears seeks an Academy Administrator responsible for overall administration and coordination of the Bristol Bears Academy programmes.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Rugby

Number Crunch: Pluck of the Irish
Rugby icon

Number Crunch: Pluck of the Irish

All of the key player, team and form statistics ahead of Saturday's round seven Gallagher Premiership clash at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Rugby