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Johnson praise for City goals

Lee Johnson praised Famara Diédhiou’s goal as “as good as any you’ll see” after City secured three points at Craven Cottage.

The Senegalese international started and ended the 76th-minute move, eventually tapping in after Ádám Nagy's cross.

Josh Brownhill had opened the scoring in the 26th minute after Jack Hunt’s cross fell to Niclas Eliasson, who put the ball perfectly on the captain’s head for his fifth goal of the season.

Here’s what Head Coach Johnson said after the match:

Quality goals

“They were two great goals, particularly the second which is as good as you’ll see at this level and that comes from the work we do on the training ground.

“I’m delighted with the goals and the chances and little counter-attacks we had. We got in some great crossing positions and Fulham defended the middle of the goal quite well.”

Famara Diédhiou scored City's second goal

Famara Diédhiou

It was Diédhiou’s fifth league goal of the season and Johnson reflected: “Famara has been excellent in the last two games. He came on against West Brom and did well and his application in the last two starts is what I am after from him. We know of his talent and prowess in both boxes and I am very pleased that he has got his just reward for his efforts over the last two games, not just today.”

Diédhiou celebrates City's win

Structure and shape

“It was a very difficult game – Fulham have quality all over the pitch. I thought we started the game really well and in the first 30 minutes we had some great chances. Our  structure and our shape was outstanding and from that we built a position of strength and scored the first goal and at half-time we were relatively comfortable.”

 

Ashley Williams (pictured) and Nathan Baker were solid in central defence

Defending

City had to weather a storm of Fulham attacks, particularly in the second half, and made 28 headed clearances with Nathan Baker and Ashley Williams centre-back rocks.

“Obviously you know they are going to throw caution to the wind,” said Johnson. “We couldn’t stop playing and we just went through a spell where we got a bit scruffy in possession and that allowed them to get ahead of steam. But it was a good time to score the second goal and then it was a case of making sure we conceded very little ground.

"You are going to have to ride waves of attack here at Fulham – it’s a very good football club with a very good squad of players.

"It’s one win, three points but obviously keeps us in touch with the top boys and we continue to fight on."

City made 28 headed clearances

Penalty appeal

Fulham had a 90th-minute penalty appeal dismissed and Johnson added: “The heart-in-the-mouth moment is the penalty decision. I haven’t seen it back but I don’t need to. I spoke to Callum O’Dowda. I’m not sure who the striker was that cut across him but Callum felt he pulled away, pulled out. I’m sure if the roles were reversed I’d have a different opinion.”

City and Fulham fans applauded in memory of Amora Afobe

Second-minute applause in memory of Amora Afobe

“I thought it was a lovely gesture from both sets of fans and I found myself clapping too. It wasn’t just that moment – they sang Benik’s name before the game and throughout. Our fans are a class bunch and they showed that today.”