Lee Johnson showing Bristol City just why they were right to keep the faith

by Jack Kitson / 21 December 2017, 09:41

Manager of the moment Lee Johnson conjured up one of the biggest cup shocks in recent memory on Wednesday night after he led Championship side Bristol City to a stunning 2-1 victory over Carabao Cup holders Man Utd.

The shock last-gasp win over Jose Mourinho’s men means Johnson has now been awarded a glamour semi-final tie against Pep Guardiola’s Man City, who are yet to lose domestically this season.

However, the wave of positivity at Bristol City is sky high, and given the way they are playing at the moment the club could cause the Citizens a few problems.

The turnaround in fortune for Johnson and Bristol City has been quite remarkable...

Earlier this year Johnson was on the cusp of suffering the sack following a woeful run of form during which the club won only three of 26 league and cup matches.

But the son of fellow football manager Gary Johnson clung onto his job, steering the club to 17th spot - three points clear of the drop zone.

What a decision that proved to be as Bristol City have gone on to enjoy a stunning 2017/18 season to date. At the time of writing they are 3rd in the Championship and four points off automatic promotion - they’ve never been in the Premier League - while they are now through to the final four of the EFL Cup. 

The memorable win over United means they are only the second club from the Football League to knock-out four top-flight teams in a single League Cup campaign, while their tally of 16 goals is the highest in the tournament.

More remarkable is the fact that Johnson has beaten more Premier League teams this season than nine current and sacked top-flight managers.

Next up is a league clash away to struggling QPR, which they will be expected to win considering that they have accumulated nine wins in 11 games in all competitions, including the last five in a row.


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