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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Saturday, March 9th 2019

Johnson disappointed to come away empty-handed

Lee Johnson felt City were unlucky not to snatch an equaliser but acknowledged his players didn’t do enough in the first half against Leeds United.

His side were beaten by Patrick Bamford’s early goal and rarely threatened the Whites net.

Famara Diédhiou was unable to make the most of a later first-half opportunity, Matty Taylor tried to lob Kiko Casilla but couldn’t get enough height on the ball, while Marlon Pack forced the keeper into a save in the second half.

The City head coach aired his disappointment at the result and addressed where City can improve before they return to Ashton Gate to host Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.

Opportunities to grab a draw

He said: “Obviously I’m disappointed we haven’t come away with at least a point. We could have had a point after a couple of good chances.

“Famara’s one where he took one touch in the first half and I fancied Matty Taylor to lob the keeper because he was in the No Man’s Land there in that second half.”

Where it went wrong

“Overall, I feel we didn’t cope well enough with their physicality and their front-foot aggression.

“We had worked on the potential of quick bits of interplay with forward players and the runners from wide, you see inverted wide men getting closer to Famara but on the day we didn’t have enough technical quality to execute that.”

What City can learn from the game

“Credit to them (Leeds) for the way they hustled and harried and if that is going to happen, our players have to be brighter, and think earlier about those patterns.

“That was our downfall today. In the second half it was more equal, we could have got a point, we didn’t, but we have to roll on to Tuesday.”

Calling for continued crowd support against Ispwich

“Ipswich got a good result away to West Brom which shows they are a good side and how difficult the Sky Bet Championship is.

“The big thing for me is the fans stick with us, I know there were boos at half-time. I don’t know if they were for the referee or for the players but it is really important they value the players’ efforts and we give it a right go in these last 11 games.”

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