On this day: Bristol City 3-0 Swindon Town
Posted: Tuesday, April 7th 2020
Saturday, November 18th 2017
City head coach Lee Johnson says his side had to show their toughness to earn a point at Hillsborough.
City were held to a 0-0 draw away to Sheffield Wednesday but the result sees their unbeaten run extended to five games.
It was a match of few clear-cut opportunities but Johnson was delighted with how his team performed away from home.
Bobby Reid, Josh Brownhill, Callum O'Dowda, Aden Flint and Milan Djuric all went close to scoring, while the Owls had two penalty appeals turned down.
Speaking to BCTV, Johnson said: "I think you take a point but obviously I’m disappointed not to win - like I always am.
"I thought we had some clean, better chances and there was a penalty claim which, to be honest, I didn’t think was a penalty although I am biased.
"We've had a one-v-one, Flint hit the post, balls flashing across the box and I thought the boys were excellent today.
"It [Hillsborough] is a tough place to come and it goes to show that we’re tough, to be able to come here when the pressure is on.
"They [Sheffield Wednesday] have some good players who stood strong. They had their first opportunity on goal after 84 or 85 minutes.
"The boys were excellent and it’s a great point to take into the Tuesday game and we will do our best to get maximum points."
Johnson continued: "I thought the last time we came here we should have won (City lost 3-2) and I think we certainly didn’t crumble today.
"There was three or four minutes of pressure from Sheffield Wednesday and that was at a time that we needed somebody just to put their foot on the ball because we had the chances to do that.
"But we had numerous chances on the break and I thought we were good and solid. I had to tweak the midfield shape quite early, as I thought we might. We worked on that previously because of the way they play and it worked. We got into a position of strength and built from that."
Johnson added: "At home to Burton was not a good 0-0 draw, but to keep a clean sheet here was one of the things we talked about and at times we had to be dogged and tough and we fulfilled the goal. When we watch the game back people will realise that we were comfortable and were very solid.
Milan Djuric came off the bench to replace Matty Taylor in the 67th minute. Johnson said the Bosnian forward is not yet “fully fit” and has a weakened area of his groin, following an injury which ruled him out for six months of the year.
Jamie Paterson was also not 100 per cent match fit due to a hamstring injury but he also featured as a second-half substitute. He replaced Joe Bryan who suffered groin cramp.
Johnson said: "Hopefully Joe’s not too bad. Sometime that does happen when you change someone’s position but needs must at the moment and I think his groin cramped up a little bit.
"It’s a draining pitch this one, probably one of the more traditional pitches and I thought the boys worked hard. I was trying to keep them going and get them going for the last five minutes and into injury time because we just almost accepted the draw but we picked up in the last few minutes and saw it out well."
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