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Posted Tuesday, August 20th 2019

‘The team showed character’ – Weimann

Andreas Weimann returned to Pride Park to haunt his former club, playing a key role in City’s 2-1 victory over Derby County.

The former Derby striker scored the opening goal and followed it up with a dummy, allowing Josh Brownhill to fire in City’s second goal on Tuesday night.

Lee Johnson’s side showed their defensive qualities too as they soaked up the second-half pressure from Phillip Cocu’s side, who halved the deficit through substitute Jack Marriott.

It was a late strike for the hosts but City held on to secure the three points – their first win at Pride Park since 2011.

Speaking pitchside, Weimann said: “It’s a tough place to come but going into half-time at 2-0, we knew they were going to come at us and I think we showed so much character at the end, all of us to see the game out and we deserved the win in the end.

“We knew the home team would throw everything at us but while they had loads of the ball they didn’t have many shots at goal. I don’t think Bentz (Daniel Bentley) had too many saves to make, so in the end we were quite comfortable.”

Weimann’s goal came after Kasey Palmer’s initial mis-hit shot but the ball rolled into the Austrian’s path.

Derby keeper Kelle Roos was quick to close him down but quick trickery from Weimann allowed him to take the ball around the shotstopper and place the ball into the bottom corner.

It was quick-thinking from him and it happened all in a blur.

“I don’t quite remember how the ball got to me!” Weimann explained. “I remember turning and trying to tap it into an empty net. The keeper was rushing out and I tried to take it around him and put it in the net.”

He could then have grabbed City’s second as Jack Hunt’s cross rolled into his path just before half-time, but a last minute shout from Brownhill encouraged Weimann to dummy a shot allow the ball to reach his captain.

Weimann said: “I was going to shoot! In the last second, I heard the shout from Browny and I thought with my angle a bit tight I chanced it. Luckily it went straight to him and he put it away really nicely.”

But he reserved special praise for another teammate, Han-Noah Massengo who made his first Championship start at Pride Park.

“On Saturday, that first win was big for us as it’s a new team with quite a few new players,” Weimann said. “They’re settling really well and Han came in today, he’s only 18 and I thought he was brilliant for us. Back-to-back wins is never easy in this league and we have another tough away game coming up.

“On the ball we knew how good he is and how good he can be but he showed his defensive side today He was everywhere on the pitch. He’s only 18 but he has the energy! He was brilliant today and he’s settled in well.”

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