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We were very difficult to deal with - Johnson

Lee Johnson was pleased to see his team hit new heights in their preparations for the new season with a three-goal blitz to blow away Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

Having inflicted similar punishment on Bath City in the second half on Tuesday, City were well into their stride midway through the first period in Somerset.

Bobby Reid continued his fine form with two of the goals, while Hordur Magnusson bravely headed home as City scored three times in six minutes.

Yeovil substitute Olufela Olomola later pulled one back for the home team 14 minutes from time.

“It was a good step forward,” Johnson told BCTV. “We looked fit, which is the most important thing in pre-season, and it was another jump in standard with Yeovil being a League Two team.

“The first 15 minutes were comfortable but too slow, so we got into a couple of the central midfielders to make them play forward early.

“We’ve signed a £5m striker and we didn’t get him a touch for 15 minutes, but once we started getting the ball into the front two, for that 20-25 minute spell I thought we were very difficult to deal with. The third goal was fantastic.”

WHAT HE SAID

"Once we started getting the ball into the front two, for that 20-25 minute spell I thought we were very difficult to deal with. The third goal was fantastic.”

Lee Johnson

Reid’s brace took his tally to five goals in four pre-season appearances, as the Bristolian partnered debutant Famara Diédhiou up front for the first time.

“He’s been great,” Johnson said of Reid. “I’ve put him up front, which is something I’ve had a taste to do, and it means we don’t have to sign another one.

“Famara’s awareness was good. A couple of times we saw him roll the defender and we can see the athleticism in his leap and his stride pattern.

“He did very well and he wanted to stay on, but I don’t know enough about him and his body to do that at the moment.

“The lads certainly like him, which is key, and they’ve got a lift from a good player coming in.”

Meanwhile, Jens Hegeler (groin) was left out of the starting line-up as a precaution, having been named on the original teamsheet, but is not seriously injured.

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