Lee Johnson felt his Bristol City side "silenced a few doubters" after their 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Friday night.
Huddersfield looked disjointed after a serious head and neck injury to midfielder Jonathan Hogg in the eighth minute after a collision with team-mate Mark Hudson.
City, who were in the relegation zone prior to kick-off, earned a much-needed win thanks to goals from Lee Tomlin, Tammy Abraham, Aden Flint and David Cotterill.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner checks on Jonathan Hogg as he receives treatment on the pitch. "He could talk, but he has had one scan at the hospital and needs another".
Wagner believes that Hogg's injury had an adverse affect on his players.
He said: "I'm unsure if the situation with Jonathan Hogg caused us maybe mental some problems".
But he refused to blame the result on Hogg's injury, adding: "We were not able to do what we usually do".
And Championship leaders Newcastle United, six points ahead of Huddersfield, could capitalise on the result against Birmingham City at St Andrew's this afternoon.
The Terriers were put to the sword 4-0 by a struggling Bristol City side, in what surely ends the Yorkshire side's hopes of catching the division's top two.
"I have never spoken about automatic promotion and we now need to use the global break to refresh and respond to this result, we are back in two weeks". In this sense, we can expect a close game, and with there being more than ever to play for going into this one, we can expect a good contest.
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