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Draw A Fair Result - Johnson

Lee Johnson admitted Bristol City’s 1-1 draw at Brentford was a fair reflection of an entertaining game, despite the disappointment of conceding a stoppage-time equaliser in a dramatic finish at Griffin Park.

Johnson’s side overcame a tricky start in which the Bees flew out of the traps, playing their way into the contest and seeing big decisions go against them before Lee Tomlin stroked them into a half-time lead shortly before the interval.

But having been denied a spot-kick of their own before the opener, City were penalised when Nathan Baker brought down Scott Hogan in the box five minutes from time.

Inspired goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell guessed right to keep Hogan at bay, but the Brentford substitute would have the last laugh as he headed an even later leveller to leave Johnson reflecting on a frantic affair.

“I’m disappointed because when you concede in injury time it’s never good, but it was probably a fair result overall,” the head coach told Bristol City Player HD.

“Our fans were fantastic and we wanted to send them home with three points, but we didn’t quite do that.

“I thought it was okay or so-so, to sum it up. We played some good football at times but at times we got a little bit panicked and we were forced – either by their good play or our poor decisions – to not keep the ball as well as we should have.

“It was one of those games that was quite good as a neutral, but as a coach there were quite a few things I didn’t like in our performance today.

“I thought both sides had equal chances. We think we should’ve had at least one penalty, maybe two, and their boy was lucky to stay on the pitch when Kodjia went through one on one.

“I understand why he’s stayed on his feet, because he thinks he’s going to score a goal. That’s fine by me. Would he have been sent off? Who knows, but I’ve got no beef with Kodjia.

“I thought Richard O’Donnell was outstanding today. He’s been very good since he’s been in and he made two or three really important saves.

“The penalty was huge, because what we didn’t want was to lose this game. We had to make sure we at least matched everyone else’s results.

“As far as the bigger picture goes, we’ve got a good point away and moved up the table whilst maintaining the gap (to the bottom three).

“Moving home now on Tuesday we’ve got a massive game against Derby and everyone has got to make sure we get over the line.”

Johnson revealed Adam Matthews was substituted as a precaution (hamstring), while Tomlin was withdrawn having already been penalised for further offences following a first-half booking.

Scott Golbourne suffered a contact injury in the first half that led to him being replaced by Bobby Reid, but the injury is not thought to be too serious.

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