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Johnson assesses Canaries clash

Lee Johnson praised his side’s first-half performance but admitted City were undone by Norwich City’s 25-minute purple patch in the 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road.

City led 2-1 at the break after goals from Jamie Paterson and Callum O’Dowda as they got the better of the top-of-the-table Canaries in the first 45 minutes.

But Ben Godfrey’s equaliser and Kenny McLean’s second goal after 67 minutes saw Norwich take a lead the Robins could not claw back.

How the game was lost

Head Coach Johnson said: “I’m disappointed to lose the game and I thought we were undone by our own inadequacies in a 25-minute spell in the second half.

“In the first half we were excellent and the better side and we could have had a penalty - from my angle it was and the lad (Josh Brownhill) certainly thought it was a penalty.

“We deserved our lead and had a couple of good counter-attacks that we should have made more of. Our pressing was outstanding and forced them into playing straight balls. We broke well but we lacked a bit of finesse."

Canaries showed class

“You have to respect Norwich’s quality. For 25 minutes they were all over us, partly due to our mistakes but partly due to their quality and speed.

“I thought everyone gave their all and the fans were brilliant. We just didn’t execute enough of the actions that we work on. We have got to have someone in there who settles things down when the emotion leads the game. At that point we have to be a little bit more sensible and smart though I do think we have got that quality.”

Looking ahead

“Today will be a good learning game for us because most of the games leading up to the end of the season are only going to be high tempo and up and at them."

Next up for Johnson's squad are Birmingham City at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night (February 26th, 7.45pm KO).

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