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Posted Saturday, December 29th 2018

The Inside Line: Post-Rotherham United (H)

Five talking points from Head Coach Lee Johnson after the 1-0 win over Rotherham United. 

Nando’s for Adam Webster and Bobby Moore comparison
"I’ve been getting into him. I think I owe him a Nando’s now because I said he’d never score. Just a bit of reverse psychology to try and get him going a little bit because he gets close and gets his head on things in the box. He’s a brilliant player and is as good a centre-half as I’ve had in my relatively short career. He is in the style of Bobby Moore in terms of sweeping up and reading the game, his touch is so soft, he can drive through space, he is quick enough and his injury record is good."

 

Lee Johnson says Adam Webster is in the Bobby Moore mould
Lee Johnson praised the City support

Praise for City fans
"I thought the support was brilliant today. The fans deserve so much credit. I said to the lads beforehand that I’ve played in a lot of these game and if we are not one-nil up inside 20 minutes sometimes it goes a bit quiet so we have got to create the atmosphere but credit to the fans they created it as well and they were a really big part of the win today."

Selection and tactics
"I picked a team that was capable of taking the ball, quite small for us without Eros Pisano and Lloyd Kelly and we defended their threats reasonably well. I give credit to Rotherham because I thought their spirit was outstanding throughout the game. We know how hard a game it is and I am delighted to come out with a result. It was tough and their goalkeeper (Marek Rodak) was outstanding but we have come away with three points.

"I thought we earned the right to get their men sent off in terms of the way we played, breaking the lines and darting through gaps. We kept going and got our rewards. It was a big win because it is seven unbeaten and if it had been another draw or loss then the negatives could come in but everyone is very positive moving into the Stoke City game."

 

Praise for Rotherham United Marek Rodak
Hakeeb Adelakun played 59 minutes today

Hakeeb Adelakun
"Hakeeb has been doing well. I think the fans will have seen his quality touch and he has that jink, that relaxed type style. I took him off to make a positive change and put Matty Taylor on because what I couldn’t have at the end of the game is anyone who was not at 100 per cent fitness in terms of lungs and leg power. The strength of our squad showed today."

Josh Brownhill 
"Josh is getting better and better. He can improve that final ball when he gets in a great position, skips through the gap and a little bit of love in the feet might get us in. But he knows that and he is such a good lad that he’ll work on it every day."

Brownhill getting better and better

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