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Back To The Drawing Board - Johnson

Lee Johnson admitted he must go back to the drawing board to find a winning formula after City failed to pick up where they left off in defeat at Brentford.

After back-to-back wins preceded the international break, the head coach was confident his team would deliver the goods in front of a sold-out away end at Griffin Park.

But goals from Sergi Canos and Lasse Vibe proved decisive in a first half in which City just never got going.

“It’s back to the drawing board,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD. “The difficulty I’ve had is that every time we think we think we’ve got a settled side, we chuck in a first-half performance like that.

“Our start was very, very poor and it’s very frustrating because I believed we’d turned the corner.

“We’d put in two decent performances to get two wins and then had a really good ten days’ training, coming into today with no signs of complacency.

“But individual players didn’t get going and that’s what drives any manager mad.

“The first half was really bad. We were flicking at the ball rather than securing it and we played into their hands.

“They’re a bright side and when they’re getting a numerical advantage in midfield, as we’d hoped to do, it becomes difficult to play against them.

“I didn’t think our backline was high enough and they were sloppy with their aggression to play higher up the pitch because we wanted to play in their half. We didn’t do that because we didn’t hold the ball up at all and we were too deep.

“If you look at genuine chances, we probably had as many as them, but it was too late because a lot of those were at 2-0 down.

“It’s so frustrating because when the players are at it, as we saw against Huddersfield, we’re a match for anybody. 

“That has to come down to the individual preparing correctly for the game. The game plan was good, but not executed correctly.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Gary O’Neil felt a pop in his knee that forced him to be substituted in the second half. 

“Hopefully it won’t be too bad, but it certainly doesn’t seem good on first assessment,” Johnson added.


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