Fulham defender, Liam Fontaine, on loan at Bristol City is hoping he has solved Gary Johnson’s defensive worries and save his manager entering the transfer market.

The on-loan Fulham youngster was in outstanding form in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest, helping City shut out the visitors’ highly-rated strikeforce of Grant Holt and Nathan Tyson. His recent performances alongside Louis Carey have ensured the injured Matt Heywood has not been missed too much.

And Johnson now seems unlikely to recruit the ‘first-ball centre-half’ he had earmarked when Heywood had knee surgery.

“I’m pleased with how things are going, ” said Fontaine. “When I first arrived at City I had to be patient because the two central defenders in the team (Carey and Heywood) were playing well and the team was on a good run.

“I got my chance in unfortunate circumstances when Matt got injured and I’ve just had to make sure I grasp the opportunity.

“The manager always says that if you are playing well you will keep your place in the team and hopefully that’s the case.” Fontaine returns to training today along with the rest of the City squad after Johnson gave them an extended break ahead of Friday’s trip to MK Dons.