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Johnson’s Last Laugh
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson put an end to his war of words with Neil Warnock by thanking the Rotherham boss for the Millers’ victory over MK Dons on Saturday.
City are now all but confirmed to avoid relegation from the Championship following their 4-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, with other results – including Rotherham’s 4-0 hammering over MK Dons – going their way.
The pair had been involved in a spat which saw Warnock label Johnson “an absolute disgrace” after the two sides drew 1-1 at Ashton gate on April 5.
Warnock had taken issue with his 34-year-old counterpart’s comments in the Bristol Post ahead of the game and also took a swipe at Johnson’s father Gary, now manager of Cheltenham Town.
“I didn’t have to do a team talk, Lee Johnson did it for me yesterday when I read the paper,” fumed the former Sheffield United manager.
“What he said in the local paper was an absolute disgrace. I know he is only a young manager, but I don’t think he should be saying things like ‘we have to make sure we win, whether we do it by aggression or intimidation’.
“That is almost inciting the crowd and I think that is out of order, personally. Like father, like son I suppose.”
But Johnson waited until the aftermath of his side’s demolition of Wednesday at Ashton Gate to deliver his reply.
Wearing a broad grin, Johnson said: “We’ve gone a long way towards maintaining our status with our friend Neil having a big win at MK Dons.”
Stifling a laugh, he added: “Well done Neil,” before proceeding to answer questions posed by amused reporters.
Yates Blasts ‘Thick’ Crawley
Crawley Town manager Mark Yates lamented his side’s “thick” second half performance against Oxford United on Saturday which saw them concede four goals.
The Red Devils had taken the lead on 28 minutes at Broadfield Stadium before capitulating after the break as Oxford ran out 5-1 winners to strengthen their bid for automatic promotion.
And after a dominant first half display, Yates was left a forlorn figure with his side having recorded three consecutive defeats.
“It’s a frustrating game, isn’t it?” Yates told CrawleyNews.co.uk.
“I was really pleased with the first half and thought it was the best we have played. But the second half was the complete opposite.
“We talk about goals changing games and once the second one went in you saw a bit of negativity, a lot of negativity, and we didn’t deal with situations.
“That’s the frustrating thing; that we can go from being so good to so thick; football thick. It was careless and sloppy.”
Portsmouth Captain Soldiers On
Portsmouth captain Michael Doyle has played with a broken leg this season, according to Pompey boss Paul Cook.
The 34-year-old midfielder scored the equaliser for the Fratton Park outfit in their 3-1 win over Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, and has featured 43 times this campaign despite the injury.
“Michael’s a leader of men,” Cook told the Portsmouth News after the win which left his side sixth in League Two. “He wants to win so much.
“He doesn’t miss a training session and he’s played this year with a broken leg.
“He’s a proper player, captain and he’s been outstanding at this club.”
Wolves’s scoreless draw at home against Blackburn on Saturday broke a club record that they might have wanted to remain intact.
Kenny Jacket’s side recorded a third consecutive goalless stalemate at Molineux, their sixth at home this season, in a feat not ‘achieved’ by Wolves since 1899.
And despite now boasting a six-game unbeaten record, the Wolves boss takes no pride from his side’s current run of form.
“It is six games unbeaten but it doesn’t feel like six games unbeaten,” he told BBC Sport.
“I thought that we had the better of Blackburn and we were on top. But it was difficult for us to go and create and go past people in one-v-one situations.
“We had excellent performances in midfield and we got the ball into wide areas but from there it was tough for us.”
Some Yeovil Town players might find themselves short of cash in the coming weeks.
That is because manager Darren Way will be fining those who allowed Exeter midfielder Ollie Watkins the space to put his side 1-0 up in their eventual 2-0 away victory at Huish Park.
Exeter are now nine games unbeaten in League Two and Way lamented his side’s inability to follow his game plan.
“The boy Stockley [Exeter striker, Jayden] holds the ball up well and causes all sorts of problems and then you’ve got Watkins, who we talked about before the game,” Way told the Western Daily.
“I said if anyone lets him have a shot and they’re anywhere near him they’re going to get fined. I meant it as well because I had done enough studying to know that would happen because the boy has got a belief at the moment.
“I feel a bit sorry for the supporters that we didn’t give them more. It’s not the end of the world. We dust ourselves down and go to Bristol Rovers now.”