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Bristol City: Lee Johnson delighted with competitive Johnson Cup clash against Cheltenham Town

26 July 2016

Lee Johnson reclaimed family bragging rights and the Johnson Cup after his Bristol City side beat dad Gary's Cheltenham Town 2-1, and the City boss was delighted with the nature of the match.

Goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Lee Tomlin saw the Sky Bet Championship Robins take it, and that means the younger Johnson has the edge in the head-to-head over his father, by a 2-1 margin.

Johnson Jnr guided former club Oldham Athletic to a 1-0 win over Johnson Snr's Yeovil Town in 2013 in what was their first touchline clash, before dad Gary got his revenge a year later courtesy of a 4-0 victory.

But Lee reclaimed the trophy in the latest battle of the Johnsons, and reserved praise for his opposition and the challenge they posed.

"I thought it was a really tough game,” the head coach told Bristol City Player HD. “You could see why [Cheltenham] they were champions of the Conference last year – they’re really up and at ‘em and they get in your face.

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“A couple of the lads just said ‘no one presses as well as that in the Championship’ so it was a really intense game for us.

“Magnusson got a whack, Kodjia got a whack - everyone knew they’d been in a game, which is important at this time of year.

“I thought we played some good football at times, but I’d like to see us take that another 20 yards up the pitch if possible. I’ve got to find a way of doing that.

“There are still places up for grabs. You can get injuries, loss of form or someone on fire in the next two games. I’m quite relaxed about it because I know I’ve got ready-made replacements to come in.”

That moment when you beat your dad's team to reclaim the family bragging rights...


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Lee's Bristol City start their Sky Bet Championship campaign at home to newly-promoted Wigan Athletic on Saturday 6th August, while Cheltenham begin life back in the EFL by welcoming Leyton Orient to Whaddon Road.

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