Johnson’s bench far from sub standard
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.”