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City Character Pleases Johnson

Lee Johnson was pleased with the response of his players after falling behind to an uncompromising Rotherham United side at Ashton Gate.

When Matt Derbyshire lobbed the in-form visitors in front after 12 minutes, Johnson fully expected a scrappy, stop-start contest to ensue.

The head coach was greeted by a frustrated set of players at half-time, but City regained their composure in the face of wily opponents to move seven points clear of the bottom three courtesy of Peter Odemwingie’s finely-taken equaliser.

“We make sure we do our research and I knew what was coming,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“You could see in the team selection that we had a couple more ‘men’ in there, and it was important we dealt with what was going to come.

“Unfortunately we conceded a very poor goal, one I’m very disappointed with, because we’ve conceded too many like that this year and that has to change.

“All of a sudden you’ve got a mountain to climb, but I said to the lads at half-time ‘there’s a lot of football to be played yet, because there’s been hardly any in the first half!’

“That was due to time wasting, people going down injured, balls out of play and long throw-ins, so it was always going to be scrappy.

“When you actually cut the game down to ball in play, I bet it was only about 60 minutes out of 90 – maybe less.

“I think the lads got a little bit frustrated and took their focus off maintaining possession, but when the game is helter-skelter, it’s difficult to get out of that mindset.

“We just needed that little bit of class, which came from a bit of brightness from a wide free kick.

“The keeper has pulled off two fantastic saves for them – one in the first half and one in the second half.”

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