Bristol City manager hails Lee Tomlin; labels him a maverick

Bristol City all but assured their safety with an impressive 4-1 win over promotion chasing Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson has praised Lee Tomlin, labelling the Robins midfielder a maverick following his goal in their 4-1 over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

Johnson spoke of Tomlin's talent, while referring to his player's un-athletic frame, as he told BBC Sport: "Bristol City fans love a maverick, don't they? Sometimes he looks like a pub player in his frame, but as soon as he gets the ball at his feet he turns into a top-class footballer."

The win was a huge one for the south west club, and moved them 10 points clear of MK Dons in the final relegation spot.

The 27-year-old former Peterborough United play-maker has been key to the Robins' resurgence, chipping in with three goals in their last five games which has seen them collect 10 points from a possible 15.

Johnson talked up the importance of the win against the Owls at the weekend, saying:

"It's been a big win as far as maintaining our status. Not just the win, but the goal difference swing with Neil Warnock having a fantastic win at MK Dons - well done, Neil. It's important that we just keep going. We're going to need another win at least, and we've always said we want to set the tone not just for now but for next season as well."

Johnson's men have five games remaining in their Championship season, with a trip to Griffin Park to take on Brentford next up on the schedule, where a win could mathematically ensure their survival with plenty of time to spare.

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