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The Inside Line: Post-Bolton Wanderers (H)

Here are some of the talking points from Head Coach Lee Johnson and debutant Kasey Palmer, after City's 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Lee Johnson:

Kasey Palmer
“It was great for Kasey and brilliant from the fans as well (in taking to him). It’s Roy Race stuff for his debut. You can see his power when he gets the ball and turns and drives at people and they (Bolton Wanderers) couldn’t handle the mobility and athleticism. The ball that he zipped out to Matty Taylor, who then crossed it and Diédhiou missed it by a stud length would have been a great goal. You can’t ask for any more from his debut. The time from when I thought it had gone in to the time the referee gave the goal from his watch was about 0.3 seconds but it felt like a half hour!”

 

Kasey Palmer impressed on his debut
Lee Johnson was impressed with the team's character

Character and cohesion
“What pleased me today was that we dominated that game from start to finish. We made a mistake for the goal but the character shone through and we kept on playing our game. Yes, different personnel came on and helped us do that but the more the lads get to know each other the more in sync everybody is then the patterns evolved and I thought there was some wonderful football today.

"We have got to keep continuing with the process. It’s like any new business, if you slam in six or seven new employees. It's like a game a Boggle, it takes time to settle and for people to understand each other’s job roles and how they work and like to work and I feel that is happening now. The cohesion is good and I can see the work we do on the training field coming to fruition.”

 

Substitutions
“I thought that was our strength today and the bench made a difference. When subs come on you want to be bright, they have got to be in tune with the game and I thought all three of them (Jay Dasilva, Kasey Palmer, Matty Taylor) were excellent.”

City's triple substitution made a difference
Matty Taylor is champing at the bit

Matty Taylor
“He’s a good player. The frustration for Matty is that we have had 12 months on and off in terms of injury. He is champing at the bit and that’s good. He wants starts and he wants to play but he is also very effective in the last 20 minutes to half hour coming off the bench because he is such a pest isn’t he? You wouldn’t want to mark him – he’s telling you your laces are undone, then taking your money out of your pocket and scoring a goal two minutes later."

 Famara Diédhiou
“He was a handful. Yes, he’ll be disappointed because I know how much he loves scoring and goals give him confidence. But it’s a numbers game and for strikers you have got to keep getting in there and give yourself the opportunity to miss the chances. The important thing is that he keeps flashing across people in the box and that we get numbers in there.”

Farama Diédhiou was a handful for Bolton Wanderers

New loan signing Kasey Palmer also reflected on his dream debut.

The attacking midfielder joined from Chelsea just days earlier and came off the bench to score the winning goal.

Kacey Palmer:

Goal confirmation

"Yes, it definitely went in, to be fair. I didn’t think he was going to give it so I looked at the linesman, then I looked at the ref and he gave it so I was buzzing

Palmer nods in the winner
Palmer on the ball

Staying focused

"It’s important that we just focus on ourselves to keep the run going. As soon as you win a few games you can be sixth or fifth and if you lose a few you can be mid-table so we have to keep going, stay strong, bounce back from any defeats. It's a long season and there will be a lot of chopping and changing before the end.

"There are a lot of players out on loan and at the club. I need to focus on myself, focus on doing my best for Bristol City. Wherever that takes me it will take me but all I can do is focus on myself."

Comparisons with Huddersfield Town's promotion side

"I think there’s a similar group, they’re young, enthusiastic, energetic and they want to get into the Premier League. If we work hard day in, day out and don’t think we’ll get to the play-offs easily - the manager will keep us focused - then who knows?

"It chopped and changed towards the end with Huddersfield so it’s a long season, there’s a lot to play for. Hopefully we can do the same this year, get into the play-offs and it will be all to play for."

Palmer surrounded by teammates
Taylor and Palmer helped turn the result

Influence from the bench

"He [Matty Taylor] is an enthusiastic player. As soon as we came on together it was positive, we knew we had the ability to change the game and we both had a positive impact on that."

Next up for Bristol City is a trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, January 19th (3pm KO).

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