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Johnson frustrated after dominant City held to a draw

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson was pleased with aspects of Friday night's game but saw it as an opportunity missed.

Burton Albion travelled to Ashton Gate where City were held to a 0-0 draw, despite dominating the play.

The Robins had 75 per cent possession but could not find lady luck in their Friday 13th clash against the Championship's weakest defence.

The draw does extend City's unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions and lifts them to third in the table.

Speaking after the match, Johnson told BCTV: "It was a frustrating one wasn’t it. I thought we huffed and puffed, we worked ever so hard in possession. Tactically we nailed it because we had 75 per cent possession but we just didn’t have that quality in the final third tonight.

"On numerous occasions we had an opportunity to deliver but we didn’t - either it went into the goalkeeper's hands or it went behind and that’s important. It gives the opposition time to settle and start again."

It was a night where the league's top goalscorer Bobby Reid kept himself among the chances and he did have the ball in the back of the Brewers net, only for a free kick to be awarded for a foul during the build up.

Johnson continued: "I thought the lads worked hard. I thought the two at the back were outstanding, the way they tidied play up, the way they won everything and limited Burton to nothing. We scored which was dubious whether or not it should have been allowed but we felt it should have been. It was a frustrating night for us.

"I thought the clean sheet was a positive, the fact that we restricted Burton to nothing, extending the run and being a point closer to the top. There were an awful lot of positives there.

"It was an interesting game. I learnt a lot more about my players today and maybe it would have been nice to have been a bit more direct with somebody like Milan Djuric.

"I was thinking about sticking Aden Flint up front for the last five to ten minutes but I also wanted to make sure we got the point at least. I’ve played in games like that where you dominate and get stung by a sucker punch right at the end and it’s a real smash and grab."

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Johnson handed a first league start to Niclas Eliason, whose performance the manager said was "indifferent."

He added: "It was a big chance for him, I think parts of his game were good. He looked sharp, he looked neat ad we know the quality he has got but he didn’t really get a chance to get that out, whether it be set-pieces or general play."

He also praised the “loud, boisterous and consistent” 18,000-strong crowd who witnessed the 0-0 draw.

Korey Smith suffered a hamstring injury and limped off just before half time. City will discover the full extent of the injury in the days to come.

NEXT UP

City return to Ashton Gate for their next fixture on Saturday, October 21st (3pm) against Leeds United, who have already sold out the Atyeo Stand.

Tickets remain on general sale in home sections only, with a crowd of 22,000 already guaranteed.

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