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Johnson frustrated after Millwall stalemate

Lee Johnson was left frustrated by City’s inability to convert plenty of possession into clear-cut chances against an awkward Millwall opponent.

The newly-promoted visitors were keen to slow things down and break up play in a game that only really opened up in the closing stages when City’s Joe Bryan hit the crossbar and Tom Elliott of Millwall struck the post.

Johnson, although pleased with the commitment levels of his players, felt it was an opportunity missed to return to winning ways.

“They played their game very well,” the head coach said of Millwall, speaking to BCTV. “They frustrated, they hustled and they harried.

“Everything took ages to get going and everything went long into our box, but that’s a style and we’ve got to cope with it.

“Defensively, I thought the boys were fantastic to put their bodies on the line and make blocks.

“We had the lion’s share of possession but didn’t really use it. It was a little bit sloppy at times, which is the bit that really grates me because I want our neat and tidy footballers to play our way – to get the ball wide and deliver crosses.

“When we did get it wide, I thought we were quite good, but on the day we didn’t create enough opportunities for the amount of ball that we had.

“It’s scrappy because they make it scrappy. You wouldn’t say they’ve defended for their lives, but the referee sometimes plays into their hands by giving little fouls and I’ve seen that a lot – I know all the tricks of the trade.

“It can get frustrating for the players because it kills the tempo. That’s the bit that disappointed me – sometimes we need to be really patient before we get those final through balls in.

“The boys have come off battered and bruised because the level of contact in that game was very heavy and strong.

“There were some good performances – not necessarily performances to get you a nine in the paper, but performances that showed we’re willing to put our bodies on the line.”

WHAT HE SAID

“There were some good performances – not necessarily performances to get you a nine in the paper, but performances that showed we’re willing to put our bodies on the line.”

Lee Johnson