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Johnson looking for immediate bounce back

Lee Johnson says City will ‘lick their wounds’ and must bounce back after their unbeaten home run ended against Millwall.

The eight-game sequence finished in a 2-1 defeat to the Lions with Callum O’Dowda scoring his first goal of the season in a late City fightback.

Here’s what the head coach told Robins TV:

Disappointment

“Naturally I am disappointed. I wasn’t expecting such a lull in terms of the first half display. Millwall did a good job on us, they came and sat in that 5-4-1 and hit us on the counter-attack.

“The possession stats were probably north of 60 per cent. But as we know from our performance at Fulham, possession doesn’t necessarily convert into goals and it’s a really poor goal to give away in the first half.

“At that point Millwall get their sails up and really defended well and it wasn’t until the last 15-20 minutes that we had nearly enough box entries and looked like we were going to score and in one sense it was too little too late.

Tough opponents

“It was never ever going to be a game that was easy - it was always going to be difficult. They are a good side and have got really good players.

“Jed Wallace is probably up there with the best in the division but still we had a plan to stop him and implement our game-plan on them and we didn’t do it enough today. That’s the bit where you feel a bit disappointed. But it’s an honest group and we have got to bounce back because we have another quick turnaround ready for Saturday."

Bouncing back

“It’s the Championship and you have to dust yourself down and go again and go for wins. There are a lot of draws this year in the Championship. The top two look a long way away at the moment so it’s about consistency of performance and mental state to start the game and I wasn’t sure we had enough switched on in that first 25 minutes.”

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