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Reaction: Bristol City 1 Blues 3

Scott Hogan was exactly where he needed to be when the ball dropped. Massive credit to him to score two goals in his first two games – long may it continue.

Pep Clotet

Pep Clotet spoke to the media after Friday night's win over Bristol City.

Pep Clotet on his side's winning performance...

"We managed the game well. We showed that we could do what we required in each half. I think we played outstanding football in the first-half despite it was very, very difficult after that error gave them their goal. We didn’t change anything because we knew that goal had no impact in the way they were setting up or we were setting up. But the team managed to attack well in the first-half, control the possession, find spaces and to turn it into a a game that was very difficult for them and score two goals against a team that hadn’t conceded a goal for the last four games. The second-half we knew we were holding a very good result away from home and we understood the game was going to be about us getting a third goal. But the way to the third goal needed to be different to the way to the goals in the first-half because we were sure Bristol would alter their system and also think that we’d had extra-time in the FA Cup on Tuesday and would be a bit leggy."

Pep Clotet on the Robins tactical change...

"We thought they would come more at us, we knew Nahki Wells would come on and they had the possibility to switch to three at the back so we could invite them on a little bit more and catch them on the break. We tried to but unfortunately we didn’t have the success, despite some good links. We had another resource with the use of Lukas Jutkiewicz and the third goal came on the last thing we were doing, using Jukey as an individual player. I think he was outstanding actually and I want to use this opportunity to congratulate him for his one hundredth goal in the leagues. We wanted to force them wide in the second-half defensively where we knew our pressing was very good. It had to be a different way of playing to the first-half, when we were very expansive, because of what they wanted to do and how we wanted to minimise their strengths."

Pep Clotet on the blow of conceding after just 40 seconds...

"The positive thing from that . . . I have the honour or coaching a team that has a huge resilience. They overcome mistakes individually and as a collective. They are a very strong collective. We knew whatever happens we would stick to what we wanted to do. We had clear ideas and we forgot what happened very quickly at the start about that mistake. Marc Roberts is one of our key players. He didn't play that much last season but this season he is a very dominant player. I compare all our players with others in the league to help their development, to see what they need, a little margin that can give them something and Marc is one of the most dominant in the air and defensively. He has a strong mentally and I knew it would not affect him.

Pep Clotet on Scott Hogan's goal...

"Scott Hogan was exactly where he needed to be when the ball dropped. Massive credit to him to score two goals in his first two games – long may it continue. We are all here to back him and support him. He said to me yesterday every time he starts against Bristol he scores and he is right!  After today six games against Bristol and six goals – we knew he would always have chances because he is quicker than the Bristol defence and it’s about how we can supply him at the right moment – before he gets offside because he is too quick. He was always in the right position – as was Jukey, always in the box they are in the right positions. They both have their strengths, they are different to each other and that’s what makes them very complementary."

Pep Clotet on Blues second goal, from Jude Bellingham's cross...

"The delivery of that cross, it was very difficult to head it away. The player (Andreas Weimann) had to make a decision. Jude is a player who is growing. Doing giant steps, really. Not only the quality on the ball but how he adapts to where he plays. He has never played on the wing before but he realises what he has to do. Add that to his dedication to the team and his commitment. We are lucky we are seeing, all of us, the birth of a very good player."

The imposing midfield play of Gary Gardner and Ivan Sunjic...

"I'd like people to realise that Gary and Ivan were playing against three in midfield which meant they were always on an underload. So they had to be very good, not only physically but tactically to enforce their football. They managed that superbly."

Pep Clotet on rejuvenating Scott Hogan...

"When we brought him in personally I spoke to him and told him he is exactly the player that we want – to do what he has been doing the last two games. He is the best that we can find to do it. I told him I don’t know the Scott Hogan from Aston Villa and I don’t know the Scott Hogan from Stoke but I really know very well the Scott Hogan from Brentford and that’s the one we are bringing in. We believe massively. He is only going to get better the more confident he gets. The whole team is backing him, he works very hard and I have the feeling he has a little bit of a point to prove that will give him extra motivation."

Pep Clotet on reaching 40 points and eight games without defeat...

"I never had doubts in this team. We knew when we had a bad run why it was. We knew that things had a reason. The results didn't come but the performances were good. But there was always the possibility to get better and improve things. We always have that mentality. A team that managed to come to Bristol to impose our football. Play very well first-half and completely lock them up second-half. All the stats back up the performance of the players. This is born, as well, of what you learn in a bad run. Now we have a team that is slowly and steadily heading to a safe place, a safe position in the table despite all the circumstances we have faced."

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