John­son’s bench far from sub stan­dard

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By NEIL NAISMITH

LEE JOHN­SON says the dra­matic im­pact of his subs against Bolton is a sign that the Robins are ready to main­tain a play-off charge.

The head coach may never make more ef­fec­tive changes than send­ing on Matty Tay­lor and Kasey Palmer with his team a goal down just be­yond the hour mark.

Strug­gling Bolton had taken a 58th-minute lead through Will Buck­ley’s header when John­son used all his subs at once, also send­ing on Jay Dasilva to try and spark a goal-shy at­tack.

Within five min­utes Tay­lor and debu­tant Palmer had net­ted goals to turn the match and leave City within two points of a top-six place.

John­son said: “The strength of our bench is a big dif­fer­ence to this time last year, when we were re­ly­ing on the same play­ers with tired legs and saw our chal­lenge fade.

“You can make changes, but it is down to the at­ti­tude of the subs and how well they have warmed up if they are to make an im­pact.

“Matty Tay­lor has made a dif­fer­ence for us be­fore and looked re­ally sharp.

“Kasey Palmer has only just joined us but al­ready our fans are chant­ing his name.” Tay­lor made the big­gest im­pact, lev­el­ling with a smart, low

64thminute drive that beat the vis­i­tors’ keeper Ben Al­nwick at his near post.

Al­most be­fore the cheer­ing had died down, the striker volleyed a cross for Chelsea mid­field loa­nee Palmer to mark an im­pres­sive first ap­pear­ance with a header that just crossed the line.

Bolton’s goal came against the run of play. Full-back Lloyd Kelly’s er­ror al­lowed Sammy Ameobi to drive in a cross for Buck­ley to nod in.

Trot­ters boss Phil Parkin­son said: “Hav­ing taken the lead I was very disappointed with the goals we con­ceded.

“We have some phys­i­cal pres­ence about us, yet the sec­ond goal came from us twice be­ing beaten to touches at a corner.”

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