BRISTOL City boss Lee Johnson praised the club’s fans after Tuesday’s thrilling 3-2 home win over play-off rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The victory moves the Robins up to fifth in the table, five points behind fourth-placed West Brom and four points clear of Middlesbrough in seventh spot.

City stunned their Midlands opponents with three goals in the opening 19 minutes through Josh Brownhill, Andi Weimann and Jack Hunt.

But West Brom came back in the second half and scored twice through Dwight Gate and Jay Rodriguez to set up a frantic final 20 minutes.

Johnson admitted he was grateful for the way the supporters got behind his team late in the second half.

“They were great,” he said. “I think they saw that we were hanging on a little bit and they became our 12th man which is what we expect. Of course they deserve the win as much as the players.”

Johnson said he was almost lost for words after watching Tuesday’s clash at Ashton Gate.

“I can’t really sum that up,” he said. “It was a fantastic game. It could have been 7-5 to us and of course we absolutely blew them away in the first 20 minutes.”

After a poor run in November, City have now lost just three times in the league in 22 games and

Since losing four in a row in November, in-form City have lost just three times in 22 league matches and are in a great position going into the final six matches.

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