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Posted Saturday, April 27th 2019

‘We fight on…it’s not over’ – Johnson

Lee Johnson has vowed that City will fight on for two wins in their final scheduled games of the season. 

City were beaten 2-0 by Derby County at Ashton Gate but now turn their attentions away from BS3 as they hit the road to take on Millwall and Hull City.

Johnson insisted his side will fight on to put pressure on the teams around them as they look to see out 2018/19 campaign on a high.

The head coach also paid tribute to the supporters who roared the players on at Ashton Gate with a 25,556-strong crowd - the highest of a season which has seen an average of 21,000 per home game.

Hailing the supporters

Johnson said: “I think the first thing I would like to do is thank the fans, it’s our last home game unless we win our next two and Derby and Middlesbrough lose and we will keep fighting for that.

“I want to thank them because obviously it’s a difficult last game of the season when you are trying to extend the season. They really showed their support in the old-fashioned way so first and foremost I would like to thank them for their efforts in all the games at Ashton Gate this season. It was a big turnout today and unfortunately we didn’t get the result we so desired.

Falling behind

“I think the first goal obviously was against the run of play and we played well up until that point. We didn’t deal with it down the left side and then we were unfortunate with that ricochet and deflection and the boys were fantastic.”

On creating chances

“The boys peppered the goal like they did, I think it was 24 shots, numerous amounts on target, we hit the bar, a shot cleared off the line, we couldn’t quite get a toe on the one that bobbled in the middle of the goal.

“They were great and they have been great all season. Yes, we do need a little bit more quality in that final third and we will strive to nurture it.

Mindset heading to Millwall and Hull

“Win the game, it’s simple; win the game absolutely to put Middlesbrough and Derby County under pressure because Derby have really got a tough game against Swansea, so that will be interesting.

"We have got to go and do our job against Millwall, it’s not over by any stretch of the imagination, of course it’s not in our hands though and at that point all you can do is your own work and your own job.”

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