Lee Johnson was happy enough with our win 1-0 at Bristol Rovers. Hull could only draw at home to Gillingham, which leaves us three points behind them with two games in hand…
"I thought that they did really well in the first half, they used the slope and forced us to go direct which I didn't really like. We needed to show more ice in the head. We had the fire in the belly but not enough control and understanding of where the next pass needed to go. In saying that, it was always going to be a difficult game. They used a different formation and we weren't able to utilise the space for our wingers that left. You have to give them credit for that. Obviously we got the goal which was an important one at an important time, and then we used our strong bench. We didn't have too many scares in the second half and our territory and attacking play was much better, even though they of course had one or two moments, as you'd expect. When you don't take those opportunities it can give spirit and energy to the opposition."
"I'm not too sure how many were in the crowd, but it seemed like about 60 from Bristol Rovers, and it felt pretty lively for a game with no fans. I'm pleased, the results are the most important thing at this stage of the season and we just have to keep doing our bit. There's 30 points to play for and we've just got to focus on that. We've put ourselves in a great position. The first thing is to secure the play-off place with a points tally and go from there.
"I was really pleased with the player's commitment because it was a really difficult week, we couldn't train the first three days because of the positive COVID case we had, which of course scuppers your plans. The lads and the staff have had to stay flexible and so today is a really big win for us. They're a decent side, Bristol Rovers, and I think they're unlucky to be where they are."