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Johnson reveals the key to Bristol City comeback

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Lee Johnson praised Bristol City’s character after they came from 2-0 down with 22 minutes remaining to beat Hull City 3-2 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday, as per the club’s official website

Strikes from Aden Flint and Bobby Reid wiped out Hull’s lead, given to them by Fraizer Campbell and Jarrod Bowen before Josh Brownhill netted the winner just a minute from time.

Johnson said of the win: “We had to change our dynamic because we were awful at times. I was almost preparing my post-match press conference to apologise to the fans but I thought our subs came on and did well.

“We gave it a good go and we had to play forward, not long passes and sprint and get behind the ball. When we did, we had set-pieces and we have effective people in terms of delivery and sometimes you have to learn to win in different ways.

“We haven’t played well for the last 135 minutes but we showed real heart in that last 45 minutes and I’m delighted to be able to go over to the crowd as a group and cheer them as they have cheered us.

“You have to win games in the Championship in many different ways. I think Hull crumbled a little bit but it was because we were relentless in our pressure.

We felt they had a bit of a soft underbelly if you can go a goal ahead. That’s no disrespect because they are a big club that aren’t in a great position. Our players, with their heart and their fight ended up getting us the win and that’s a big win for us.

“We’ve still got to work, we’re not the finished article and I don’t want to talk about league positions because we’ve got much more to come from our performances.”

“I’m in awe of that turnaround and I do believe we’ve got a special squad and a special character about us.”

 “I saw Browny’s goal and after that I got poked in the eyes and I didn’t see the last seven minutes. I got eye gouged by Scotty Murray in the celebration and from then on I couldn’t see a thing. 

“It was a great strike. We heard that the keeper had a bit of a bad back so we asked the lads to take shots from distance, he’s taken it on and executed the game plan.”

The Verdict:

Johnson has gone into a refreshing amount of detail here and was also very honest.

In my view, it is telling that the comeback was not just the result of raw spirit, it was sprinkled with elements where his players exploited weaknesses in the opposition before the match.

It says it all about the attention to detail he has and his players still clearly had that in mind even when they had not produced their greatest performance prior to the dramatic turnaround.

Bristol City fans – how pleased are you with that comeback? Let us know below…

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