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Fulham 0-4 Bristol City Cham 09 1617 - Bristol Post

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Fulham (0) 0-4 (1) Bristol City

Bristol City goal hero Aden Flint was all smiles after coming through the other end of what he describes as "the worst week of his life."

At fault for goals conceded in games against Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County earlier this month, the big central defender hit rock-bottom.

But jeers turned to cheers for Flint as he played his part in a helping City keep a clean sheet and then scored a goal in an emphatic 4-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Victory took the Robins to within a point of the play-off places and Flint emerged from the dressing room wearing a broad grin from ear to ear.

He said: "I'm going to really enjoy this. To score a goal, to keep a clean sheet and to win 4-0 away from home was fantastic. You cannot ask for any more than that."

He added: "This will be all the sweeter for having gone through some a rough patch. To make mistakes in three games like that was awful and it was definitely the worst week of my life.

"But the lads rallied round me, the manager showed support for me by still picking me and the fans were great. I came through the (EFL Cup) game against Fulham in the week doing the basics right and that gave me a lot of confidence.

"Beating Fulham 4-0 today is just the icing on the cake. I wish we could play them here every week!"

Delighted head coach Lee Johnson described his team's performance as "outstanding" after watching goals from Tammy Abraham, Luke Freeman, Bobby Reid and Flint sink the Cottagers for a second time inside three days.

"To play Fulham twice in a week and beat them both times was an amazing performance from my team," said Johnson. "They are a very good side and we had to survive at times in the first half.

"But after we scored the second goal, we cut through them like a knife through butter and the energy, the footballing ability, the running power and the quality came out.

"There were some great individual displays and the clean sheet was welcome. All in all, I could have asked for much more."

Johnson felt this was a pivotal victory for a City side that had taken just two points from their last three Championship games and were lodged in mid-table. He explained: "This result makes the difference between a good start and a not so good start. It now looks good.

"It was important not to lose today, because that would have led to a negative mind-set. Bit having now drawn last Saturday, won on Wednesday and won today, confidence is high and everyone on this league will be starting to respect us."

Freeman netted City's second goal to end his year-long drought, scoring for the first time since netting in a 2-2 draw at Ipswich on September 26, 2015. Johnson said of the midfielder: "I'm so pleased for him, because he has got the monkey off his back.

"There have been occasions when he has been really frustrated, because he has not quite finished, and it happened in front of the same goal on Wednesday. Luke Freeman was probably the best player in League One two seasons ago and we are now seeing him come to the fore in the Championship."

The only downside on a memorable day for the Robins was the injury that forced top-scorer Abraham to limp off midway through the second half.

Johnson said: "It's a dead leg – Tammy got quite a nasty whack and could not go on. He's only 18 and it's a bit of a worry and we'll have to wait and see how he is."

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