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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Saturday, August 4th 2018

'We showed character and quality'

Lee Johnson says there are plenty of positives to take from City's opening day 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Andreas Weimann's powerful fifth-minute header crashed in off the crossbar as City soared into an early lead but Forest pegged them back in the second half, with Daryl Murphy on target to earn a share of the points.

"I thought the atmosphere was electric where 22,000 fans created a warm reception for the new players and a real buzz in the first 15 to 20 minutes," head coach Johnson told bcfc.co.uk.

"We scored at a great time which settled everybody and we really could have gone to score two or three more in the first half.

"We saw one cleared off the line, Weimann had a couple but they [Forest] are a good side.

"We won’t play too many better sets of individuals at Ashton Gate. With the quality they have on the ball, they pegged us back a bit but our boys defended very well; we defended with heart."

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City started with a real high tempo and were on the front foot as the sun shone down on BS3 for the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship curtain raiser.

The heat no doubt played its part as players began to tire, particularly in the second half.

Johnson continued: "There were a lot of tired legs from both teams but it was a satisfactory performance with a lot of positives to come from it.

"We always like to play with tempo, we like to whip the crowd up with entertaining football.

"Niki [Mänpaää] didn’t have a real save to make in the first half but he was only caused problems by using giving the ball away or diving in when they the technique to skip past us.

"But we showed a lot of character and quality. We have three or four players to come back. We’re off the mark with a point and we will go to Bolton to try and get three points."

The trip to Bolton Wanderers next Saturday (August 11th) will be City's first away game of the new season, before they return to Ashton Gate for the visit of Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup.

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