City boss delighted with response

10 March 2010 09:47
The Robins were thrashed 5-2 at home by Doncaster Rovers on Saturday but bounced back to beat a poor Palace side 1-0.[LNB]Iwelumo's strike, a spectacular volley on the turn that flew into the top corner after 74 minutes, was the only highlight of an otherwise drab game but Johnson was pleased with the performance.[LNB]"It's not just the bouncing back that's delighted me," he said. "It's the nature of the performance as well.[LNB]"We felt we had to win all our battles over the field and then try and play our football and the tactic worked very well for us on the day.[LNB]"Our club is not bad at coming back from adversity.[LNB]"We have a good group of honest lads and it hurts them when they lose a game and today they proved how much it hurt them on Saturday."[LNB]Johnson reserved special praise for Scotland international Iwelumo after the on-loan Wolves striker's matchwinning moment.[LNB]"I had just called Chris over and told him I was bringing him off soon and that he needed a bit of magic in the next five minutes," he said.[LNB]"He said 'alright' and went and produced it but that's Premier League players for you."[LNB]It was Paul Hart's first defeat as Palace manager in only his second game in charge and he thought his players looked tired following Saturday's win over Sheffield United.[LNB]"I thought as good as were on Saturday, we were equally as bad tonight," he said.[LNB]"We looked a bit weary, which is understandable with what the players have had to put up with and what they have gone through.[LNB]"But you do know they have got it well within them to bounce back.[LNB]"We have to recover properly, rest and get ready for the next one.[LNB]"I have just said to them in the dressing room, 'look this is us, there's no more coming in and there is definitely no-one going so it is me and you and that's it, that's what we have got'.[LNB]"I said we have got seven weeks and there's three that go down, so if you finish fourth bottom you have achieved.[LNB]"In mid-season when you get thrown with a points deduction like that it is a real kick on the nether regions. They have had to cope with it and it's not always easy - even for strong players like ours."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk