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Johnson calls for Huddersfield reaction

Lee Johnson says his players need to bounce back quickly with a test against Huddersfield on Saturday following the 4-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

The Head Coach reflected on a tough night at the Hawthorns where Famara Diédhiou's goal and the return of Korey Smith after six months were the only consolations.

Famara Diédhiou scored for City

Johnson told Robins TV: “The performance wasn’t good enough and I apologise to the supporters and the fanbase. I don’t think it was a lack of effort or wanting to win, I just felt that we didn’t start the game in the correct performance state.

“Three or four players didn’t turn up early and that was important. Against a top-of-the-table side away we had to make sure that we earned the right to play in that first 15-20 minutes. They scored, not against the run of play because they pressed and countered well, but we made two quick errors and they scored a decent goal. We tried to regain control but we didn’t do it well enough.

“We didn’t look as athletic and as fleet-footed as West Brom on occasions and we got a little bit stuck.”

Korey Smith started for the Robins

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The Terriers arrive in BS3 in three days’ time and Johson said: “It’s frustrating to watch but now we’ve got to accept that we have lost three points, create that siege mentality within the squad and go out and put in a performance in front of our home fans. It’s a bad result, we’re hurting, our pride is hurt but we will bounce back and we’ve got to get ourselves a win on Saturday and a good performance to make sure we get back in the play-off hunt.”

Honesty

“We’ll get them (the players) in tomorrow (Thursday) – there’s got to be home truths after that type of situation. It’s the third loss in 18. The boys are very honest. Yes, we lacked quality, mentality and physicality today but we don’t lack that against every side in the division. We lacked it today against a team that has gone top of the league and there are three or four teams there that are scrapping to stay in touch with. We have to assess our performance and keep building."

Selection

“There are some players who have more than a right to knock on the door and say ‘I should be playing’ or ‘at least I should be getting my chance’. Obviously on Saturday in the team selection I pick, first and foremost it has to be built around trust and effort to put in a good performance.”

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