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Posted Saturday, December 15th 2018

'We're heading in the right direction' - Johnson

Lee Johnson believes City's individual performances are unlocking the team's potential after they extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Marco Stiepermann fired Norwich City ahead, against the run of play, before Famara Diédhiou equalised with his second goal in a week, just before half-time.

The momentum was with the Robins after the break and Callum O’Dowda fired them ahead before the Canaries drew level late on through Max Aarons.

But City had more than matched the league leaders to keep themselves within touching distance of the top six.

Speaking to BCTV, City Head Coach Johnson said his side “played really well” and are “steadily building in the right direction."

Reflection on the 2-2 draw:

“I thought it was a good blood and thunder Championship game. A lot of energy and youth from both teams, some good chances and I thought we played really well.

“Of course I am disappointed to have conceded as late as we did but you can see why they are top of the league, they’re very busy and bright.”

We got back to what I believe we can be and it’s another hard-earned point in the Championship. We’re four games unbeaten now and we will try and continue that form.”

City Head Coach, Lee Johnson

On the team performance:

“There were performances in there which are as good as they get from our team. Callum was outstanding, Pato (Jamie Paterson) put a shift in.

“We got back to what I believe we can be and it’s another hard-earned point in the Championship. We’re four games unbeaten now and we will try and continue that form.”

O’Dowda’s display

“I thought it was a great goal for a start. His willingness and energy to run was important in a tough game for both teams. You can see they have good footballers who are bright and busy so have we and I think for the Sky Cameras, people would have enjoyed that one.”

Delight for Famara Diédhiou

“I was pleased the crowd were with him today because that was important. He’s on two from two now and that’s what you want.You want that confidence to roll on to the next games but to a man they put in a shift today.

“I was very pleased with our performance. Of course I want the three points, particularly at home, but I feel like we are steadily building in the right direction.”

On the unbeaten run

“We want to win games and out away form has been good while our home form needs to improve slightly but our level of performance which is coming and has been there recently stands us in good stead.

“We have talked about milestones and Christmas and New Year are the next milestones.”

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