Speaking to Bristol Live, Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has said that utility man Tommy Rowe looks like “the signing of the season across the whole Championship” after he put in another impressive performance in a 2-1 win over Derby County.

First-half goals from Andreas Weimann and Josh Brownhill were enough for Bristol City to continue their impressive start to the season as the Robins defeated Philip Cocu’s Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park on Tuesday night.

Substitute Jack Marriott further staked a claim for a starting place after an impressive left-footed strike offered Derby hope of a late comeback, but Bristol City saw the game through and returned to Ashton Gate with all three points.

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Speaking after the game, Robins boss Lee Johnson hailed an impressive team performance, pinpointing summer signing Tommy Rowe as one of the star performers, going as far to say that he looks like one of the best summer signings across the entire Championship.

“I thought it was genuinely a real team performance.

“You’re giving them marks in the paper and probably giving them six and six and a halves, and I’m giving them eight and eight and a halves because I know they’ve applied the work that we’ve done. And they’ve done it with aplomb.

“It’s fantastic really that that gives us a chance in every game and then I truly believe that as we grow as a team the boys will add the quality.

“I thought the back three were absolute warriors and Tommy Rowe looks like the signing of the season across the whole of the Championship for the value we got him at and the three midfielders – whether that’s Kasey or Callum O’Dowda who came on – worked their socks off because they had to.”

Johnson went on to praise young midfielder Han-Noah Massengo, who came into the side to replace the injured Adam Nagy.

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“You can see the talent that we have. You’re chucking in young Han-Noah Massengo who’s 18-years-old and – he has played in the Champions League – but he looks like he’s played in the Champions League. And it’s a nice one to be able to coach him because I want to help him become a top, top player.”


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