The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Cof­fey

LEE Johnson in­sists he knew an all-star show­ing from Bris­tol City was just around the cor­ner, af­ter his strug­gling side gave his re­cov­er­ing father a boost and put a huge dent in Hud­der­s­field’s au­to­matic pro­mo­tion hopes.

Tammy Abra­ham’s 22nd goal of the sea­son dou­bled the Robins’ ad­van­tage dur­ing an as­ton­ish­ing 14 min­utes of firsthalf in­jury-time – with a neck in­jury to Town’s Jonathan Hogg caus­ing a significant de­lay – af­ter Lee Tom­lin rounded Danny Ward to put them ahead.

And it only got worse for the Ter­ri­ers af­ter the break, with Aden Flint ex­pertly flick­ing home a third, be­fore Joe Bryan was fouled in the box and David Cot­ter­ill’s penalty put gloss on the 4-0 win.

It was a result that will send shock­waves up the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble, but Johnson is hop­ing it can have a gal­vanis­ing ef­fect on father Gary as well – with the Chel­tenham Town boss un­der­go­ing triple heart by­pass surgery on Thurs­day.

“The win will be a good tonic for Dad,” he said. “I’d like to thank ev­ery­one from the foot­ball world for the mes­sages. He’s OK, the vi­tal signs are good and, hope­fully, he will con­tinue his pro­gres­sion.

“I gen­uinely felt this com­ing. I know my team, I know my play­ers and I know when ev­ery­one is fit and at it – we got that here.

“Ev­ery­body in foot­ball would’ve had that as an away win. Chel­tenham has been on and if you’d looked at the bet­ting, you’d have given us no chance in a two-horse race, but I knew. I thought we were strong, we hus­tled and we turned them at the right times. We got the ball into our for­ward play­ers early.

“I’m re­ally chuffed for the lads. It’s great to get two wins on the spin and send the fans home happy be­cause they’ve been a bit frus­trated in re­cent times.

“We’re not out of the woods yet but it was good to get some goal dif­fer­ence back as well – it might go to the wire and we’re go­ing to need an­other three or four wins as a min­i­mum.”

It was the first time since Oc­to­ber 1 that Johnson’s side have recorded back-to-back wins, but it was very much a night to for­get for Hud­der­s­field and boss David Wag­ner.

Hogg’s se­ri­ous in­jury aside – that saw him treated for 14 min­utes on the pitch af­ter col­lid­ing with team-mate Mark Hud­son be­fore be­ing taken off on a stretcher – the vis­i­tors forced just one save from Frank Field­ing in the pro­longed first half, and Wag­ner is de­mand­ing a re­ac­tion from his side over the in­ter­na­tional break.

He said: “A night like this shouldn’t hap­pen but it does, but what is im­por­tant is how we re­act and re­spond. Maybe it started the day be­fore when Jon Gorenc Stankovic was ill – then this morn­ing when Michael He­fele was sick.

“Th­ese prob­lems were all out of our con­trol and I think a lot of the game went against us as well.

“The sit­u­a­tion with Jonathan Hogg was hard to take but I am not mak­ing ex­cuses for the per­for­mance – I am not happy.

“We were not at our best and un­der-per­formed in ev­ery po­si­tion while Bris­tol City were very strong.

“We now need to use the in­ter­na­tional break to refresh and re­spond to this result. We are in a very good po­si­tion with nine games to go and we have been through too much to­gether as a group for me to ques­tion my play­ers on one result.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

STARTER: Lee Tom­lin goes around Hud­der­s­field keeper Danny Ward be­fore scor­ing the first goal, in­set

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