Johnson hails battling City
City bounce back in style to avenge 6-0 drubbing
Last Updated: December 4, 2007 11:08pm
Bristol City boss Gary Johnson said he was proud of his side as they secured a 2-0 win over Jim Magilton's Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate.
Goals from Marvin Elliott and a Bradley Orr penalty secured City a 2-0 victory that takes them up to fourth place in the Championship table.
The result also provided City with revenge for their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Tractor Boys less than a month ago.
Johnson said: "It's quite a turnaround in a few weeks and I'm proud of the lads for their first-half performance.
"They didn't need any incentive after being beaten so heavily and right from the start there was a great level of commitment.
"Unfortunately, it was so intense that some legs went in the second half, but then we defended bravely and our goalkeeper did a great job.
"Overall, I'm thrilled with the performance and the fact that we have consolidated our position among the Championship leaders."
Ipswich boss Magilton admitted his side had paid the price for their slow start to the game and also praised City goalkeeper Adriano Basso for his fine display.
"We made a sloppy start and handed Bristol a foothold," said the Town boss.
"We played much better in the second half, but their goalkeeper was brilliant and we didn't take our chances."
The result means Ipswich have taken only four points from 10 away games this season, something Magilton says is causing him concern.
"We need to start with a different attitude because at the moment it is too easy for home teams playing against us," he added.
"We need an 'over-our-dead-bodies' approach and it has to be from the first whistle. Our away form is poor and it may be becoming psychological because we are doing so much better on our own ground."