Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Lee Johnson was delighted to see his side end a tough week on a high after Aaron Wilbraham’s dramatic equaliser salvaged a point against Derby County at Ashton Gate.
City trailed to Ikechi Anya’s lob on the stroke of half-time until Wilbraham arrived from the bench to score in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
After two trips to South Yorkshire yielded a single point despite periods of domination, City finally got their just rewards.
“We tried our socks off to get back into the game and I think the crowd will be pleased with the effort we put in,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.
“Yes, we had to throw caution to the wind, but it came good in the end.
“Derby are a good side and I think every point is valuable in the Championship, so we shouldn’t be too down in the dumps.
“We’ve had a really tough week – physically and mentally. We went to Rotherham and had to come back from 2-0 down after gifting two goals to the opposition, and then had a real killer blow when it (Lee Tomlin’s penalty) hit the post against Sheffield Wednesday.
“I’ve seen things like that happen to teams who then lose four or five on the spin, so I was really pleased with the point today and I think the lads deserved it for slugging it out.”
Johnson handed home debuts to Jamie Paterson and Joel Ekstrand, but reserved special praise for two of the City old guard.
“I was pleased for Aaron Wilbraham because he probably hasn’t had as much pitch time as he would’ve wanted over the last three or four weeks,” added the head coach.
“He’s an old, wily head and he gets himself in there – that’s what we put him on for.
“He gives us that assuredness and experience, and I’m delighted for him on a personal level to get the equaliser.
“The players were happy with Frank Fielding and they gave him a nice little clap at the end because he’s kept us in it with a couple of one on ones that he dealt with well.
“He’s another one I’m delighted for – he’s deserved his chance and I’m pleased that it was proved right because he’s a good goalkeeper.”
Johnson revealed Joe Bryan was substituted in the first half due to a tight glute, adding the Bristolian will be assessed before Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie at Fulham.