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Johnson Angered By 'Unsporting Behaviour'

Lee Johnson was left angered in the dying minutes of Bristol City’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves by a moment he deemed “unsporting behaviour” from the home team.

Johnson’s side were heading for a valuable point at Molineux after Aden Flint’s 77th minute equaliser cancelled out Nathan Byrne’s opener two minutes into the second half.

But defender Matt Doherty won the game for the hosts with a stoppage-time header after Wolves had kicked an uncontested drop ball out for a throw-in deep inside City territory, rather than returning possession to visiting goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell.

“I’m angry, and I’m angry for a number of reasons,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“I’m angry because of a bit of unsporting behaviour, I’m angry because we should’ve had a foul in the lead up to their first goal and I’m upset with a couple of our individuals who I thought should’ve done better.

“Our player goes down on the edge of their box and the referee stops it – drop ball. We allow them to volley it straight back into our final third and put us under pressure with a throw-in.

“We lose the throw-in, they win the free kick, cross the ball and it’s a goal. It’s unsporting behaviour.

“The ref can’t do anything about it. The player will tell you he miskicked it but he’s lying and I’m disappointed that we didn’t contest the drop ball.

“Their lad has been clever and we’ve been naïve. At a big club like this, you wouldn’t expect them to resort to stuff like that.

“I’ve got to calm myself down because I don’t think we deserved to lose the game, but we’ve lost it and we’ve got to find a way to win. That was a winnable game for us and it’s disappointing.

“I didn’t think we’d done enough in the first half. I thought we should’ve passed the ball quicker but we’ve got a few too many who just want to dribble.

“We had to adapt (to going 1-0 down), but we did, because we got back in the game and you might say a point is an okay result. But not for me because I felt that was a winnable game.”

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