Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson relieved to survive West Bromwich Albion fightback

Lee Johnson joked about requiring treatment for a high pulse rate after watching his Bristol City side enhance their play-off hopes in a Championship thriller with West Brom at Ashton Gate. City went 3-0 up inside 20 minutes with goals from Josh Brownhill, Andreas Weimann and Jack Hunt before surviving a second-half fightback by Albion to seal three precious points. A smiling Johnson said: “I’ve been on the treatment table with the doctor! What a game! It could have finished 7-5 there were so many chances “The first 20 minutes were as good as it gets from us. I just wish the lads had let me enjoy it for the rest of the game. Instead, we gave away two disappointing goals. “Overall, I couldn’t be happier. We have beaten three promotion-chasing sides since the in...

Wigan boss Paul Cook hails “outstanding” Reece James in Bristol City draw

Paul Cook heaped praise on Reece James after the Chelsea loanee helped Wigan to a battling point from a 2-2 Championship draw at Bristol City. The 19-year-old midfielder demonstrated why he was selected for the Championship team of the year by scoring a stunning strike, beating Max O’Leary with a swerving 37th-minute shot from 30 yards. Matty Taylor then scored one goal and set up another as City stormed back after the break, only for substitute Anthony Pilkington to level in stoppage time and deny Lee Johnson‘s men a third straight win since the international break. Not for the first time this season, Cook was thrilled with James’ performance, while also hailing the battling qualities of his relegation-threatened team. “Reece was outstanding and his goal epitomises...

Lee Johnson “delighted” as Bristol City move into playoff places

Lee Johnson likened his Bristol City side to “young gunslingers” as they shot down Middlesbrough to climb into the Sky Bet Championship play-off positions. Adam Webster’s first-half header lifted City into fifth position in the table, with the 1-0 win at the Riverside following hot on the heels of Saturday’s victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Having been on the fringe of the promotion race for much of the season, City are now at the heart of the battle for a place in the Premier League, and Johnson is delighted with the way in which his young side have risen to the challenge of competing in the upper echelons of the table. Johnson said: “I was delighted with the boys. We have a big respect for the club, their players and managers and we were like t...

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo only focused on game ahead

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is not thinking about FA Cup glory despite the competition’s wide open look this season. Early exits for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – with Wolves themselves knocking out Jurgen Klopp’s side in round three – has presented the opportunity for many smaller clubs to reach the latter stages. Both Manchester teams and Chelsea are the only remaining representatives from the top six in the Premier League, with that number set to dwindle further as the Blues host Manchester United in the fifth round on Monday night. Wolves could reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 when they take on Bristol City on Sunday, but Nuno is refusing to look beyond the tie at Ashton Gate. “We just go game by game, that’s the best ...

McClaren points accusing finger at referee Harrington for latest defeat

An angry Steve McClaren blamed poor refereeing decisions for QPR’s fifth successive Championship defeat. The Rangers boss went on to the pitch at the final whistle to remonstrate angrily with referee Tony Harrington after watching Famara Diedhiou net a stoppage-time winner from the spot after he was impeded by Darnell Furlong. McClaren said: “Their penalty was ridiculous, and when the referee sees it again he will realise what a big mistake he has made. “The foul was on Furlong, not the other way around. The fact that he took five seconds to give the penalty showed the doubt in his mind. “We should have had at least one penalty at the other end. What the controversy shouldn’t detract from is an excellent performance from ourselves. “It is a second kick i...

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