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We played them off the park

Lee Johnson's side were comfortably beaten on home turf, with Bradley Johnson playing a starring role

14 December 2019

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Bradley Johnson was a happy man after helping Rovers to a terrific victory on the road at Bristol City thanks to a goal and assist.

The experienced midfielder came in from the cold to start at Ashton Gate in one of six changes in the south-west having not featured in the first team since the trip to Birmingham City in October.

The 32-year-old's thumping effort flew into the roof of the net after only two minutes before setting up substitute Adam Armstrong late in the second half to seal a 2-0 victory.

In form Rovers have now won five of their last six outings and the ex-Derby County and Norwich City powerhouse was thrilled to play his part.

“It’s been a tough week for us and I felt we played well on Wednesday night," he reflected to iFollow Rovers.

"We knew it was going to be a big week for us. But to play the way we played and to get the result today, it’s a great week for us.

“The gaffer came up with the routine. We worked on it in training yesterday after being shown their weaknesses at set plays.

“All we can do is go out there on the pitch and thankfully that work paid off for us. It didn’t work in training - I would get the shot off but it would get blocked!

“But I’m happy that it went in today and we managed to get the three points.

“I always believe in myself and when I get an opportunity I always back myself to get it on target. It was one of those that as soon as I hit it I knew it was going in.

“To come here, against a good team, and keep a clean sheet, we showed our character to score goals and keep that clean sheet," he added.

“The gaffer’s said that maybe last season we would have come here and conceded a goal, but I really do think we played them off the park.

“We weren’t afraid to play it out in dangerous areas and were brave on the ball, which you have to do in this league.”

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