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Posted Tuesday, April 30th 2019

‘We did what we needed to do’ -  proud Johnson

Lee Johnson praised his players for their second-half comeback at the Den, which keeps City in the Sky Bet Championship play-off race.

The Robins claimed three points after a Max O’Leary penalty save kept Millwall at 1-0 before Jamie Paterson and Famara Diédhiou scored to send more than 1,300 City fans home happy.

A Swansea City victory over visiting Derby County on Wednesday evening can keep the Robins in the hunt for a top-six spot going into Sunday’s final scheduled game at Hull City.

Being proud

Head Coach Johnson said: “We have given ourselves that glimmer of hope. We did the job that we set out to do and I am very proud of the boys and the fans, who were fantastic tonight.

“At a minimum we are finishing on a high in the penultimate game of the regular season, away to Millwall, which was always going to be tough, to get a 2-1 win.

Emotions
“It’s a funny set of emotions to be honest because I’m absolutely buzzing but I’m also a little bit angry because we didn’t start anywhere near how we can.

“The previous game against Derby County was probably a bit emotional and may have taken a bit out of us.

“It took another biblical speech at half-time to get everyone going and to be the fair the boys in the second half were absolutely fantastic. We had to change the shape and we put all the footballers on the pitch, the tidy, neat footballers.

Taking the space

“I asked the boys at half-time to show guts and talent in taking the space. Something will come from that if we are moving ahead of the ball enough and making angles and inevitably it did - the second goal was a great example of that.

Jamie Paterson and Max O’Leary

“Pato has been brilliant in the last two games – when he is at it, physically and mentally, he really can dictate. It was a great free-kick which he works at on a regular basis, an unbelievable penalty save from Max which was, without doubt, the turning point in the game and then brilliant character in the last 20 minutes.

Attacking substitutes

“Kasey (Palmer) came on and gave us that silk and that extra pass and wriggle. We had a lot of attacking players on the pitch towards the end and it proved the right decision because the subs came on and made a difference."