Speaking to Sky Sports following Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw at Ashton Gate, Rotherham United boss Neil Warnock branded Bristol City head coach a ‘disgrace’ for some of his pre-match comments. Warnock said he used part of Johnson’s quotes during his pre-match team talk.
Speaking on Monday to the Bristol Post in his usual pre-match press briefing, Johnson wanted his team to win through ‘aggression, good football or intimidation’ and Warnock took exception to that speech.
The points were shared as the Robins came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with the Millers to push each side one point further away from the Championship relegation zone. Former Leeds, Crystal Palace and QPR manager Warnock even likened Johnson to his experienced football manager father, Gary, currently managing at Cheltenham Town in the National League.
Warnock has overseen a seven-match unbeaten run, lifting them out of the relegation places, but was clearly riled up by what his counterpart had to say,
“He did my team talk for me. We stood up to the intimidation, he asked for in the newspaper.
“He said how we wanted the crowd to intimidate and that’s what they tried to do. Luckily we had a strong referee who stood up to it.
“I thought it was a disgrace. I know he’s a young manager, but it was almost inciting the crowd that. I thought that was out of order doing that. Like father like son. I don’t think he should be saying things like that.”
As for Johnson, who was appointed to the job earlier this season after leaving League One promotion hopefuls Barnsley, electing to praise the fans and the reaction of his players,
“The crowd were brilliant, I asked them for it and they delivered so I thank them for that.
“It was always going to be difficult, it was a bit edgy, the referee probably didn’t help he had a poor 15 minutes.
“Our players were frustrated, I was getting frustrated and the fans were getting frustrated. But we kept our composure, kept our structure and we were the side that looked like going on and win it in my opinion.”
Both teams look to get back to winning ways this weekend when Bristol City welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Ashton Gate, whilst Rotherham travel to MK Dons in what is one of the biggest games of the season so far in the Sky Bet Championship.