Rotherham Manager Neil Warnock has labelled Bristol City coach Lee Johnson ‘a disgrace’ after making pre match comments in the Bristol Post describing how they would try to intimidate the opposition in their relegation fight.
Quoted by the Daily Mail after Rotherham drew 1-1 with the Robins last night, Warnock said that Johnson had motivated his players for him:
“He did my team talk for me. We stood up to the intimidation. He said how we wanted the crowd to intimidate and that’s what they tried to do. Luckily we had a strong referee who stood up to it.”
“I thought it was a disgrace, I know he’s a young manager, but it was almost inciting the crowd that. I thought that was out of order doing that. Like father like son. I don’t think he should be saying things like that.”
During the post match press conference Warnock read passages from the Bristol Post article to make his point where Johnson mentioned they needed to win through ‘aggression, good football or intimidation.’
Warnock’s team talk obviously worked as Rotherham took the lead in the 12th minute through Matt Derbyshire’s strike.
City then levelled through on loan Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie 9 minutes after half time. Despite the draw, Warnock was happy with the scoreline:
“I thought they were super again, its a super result for us. I can’t say anything bad about anybody.”
Warnock’s side are now on 43 points, just outside the relegation zone, six points ahead of MK Dons. Bristol City are one place above in 20th position, a point ahead with six games to go.
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