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Posted Sunday, May 6th 2018

A result which sums up our season - Johnson

Lee Johnson was pleased by City's second-half display at home to Sheffield United but it was not enough to secure a draw.

The Blades took a 3-0 half-time lead but City rallied through Aden Flint and Joe Bryan as they ended the game 3-2.

For head coach Johnson, the game reflected City's season where they played well at times to push for a chance at promotion.

Johnson told BCTV: "I’m disappointed we’ve lost. We needed to show the spirt we showed in the second half. I was angry in the first half because nobody deserved that performance and nothing had changed in the preparation, in fact it was heightened on, the intensity and purpose because it was the last game of the season.

"At half-time the message was mostly that it’s not fair on the staff, who are trying to give everybody the best chance to go out on a performance like that. To be fair, we rallied and gave it a right go. On another day we could have got the draw but that sums us up.

"We can’t be as good and as bad as we are and that’s a challenge. That’s the challenge for the summer, for next season. We know there are good teams but what we show when at our best is that we are difficult to play against and when we aren’t, we are too easy to play against."

Bryan's exquisite free kick in the second half brought the scores to 3-2, after Flint had earlier headed home from Josh Brownhill's corner.

Johnson continued: "Joe’s goal was nice because we spent an awful lot of time on that in training. He’s worked on keeping that head shape, the technique, lining up the ball. I knew he’d score because I’ve seen him doing before and it was a nice goal from the training ground.

"We have to move on, move forward. Now we can drive into the recruitment and decision-making process. That’s what is exciting because we can build on the good bits and try to eradicate the bad.

"We scored more goals and obtained more points this season but that doesn’t take away from the fact we are hurting having gone from a position where we were nearly successful."

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