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James Crawley

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Posted Saturday, April 21st 2018

Johnson reflects on a goal-frenzy afternoon

Lee Johnson says fans saw both the best and worst of Bristol City, as he reflected on a topsy-turvy 5-5 thriller at Ashton Gate.

City had to fight from behind against Hull City, who went on to stun BS3 when they took a 5-4 lead before Joe Bryan rescued a point in stoppage time.

On another day, Marlon Pack's long-range drive, followed by a Famara Diédhiou brace, another goal for Bobby Reid and Bryan's late strike would have been enough to secure a home victory.

Reflecting on the match, Johnson told BCTV: "I’ll be honest, it’s very difficult to sum that up. I thought we played well at times but we also defended like school boys at times. The diagonal ball allowed their full-back to score and the free-kick were poor goals to concede but we got ourselves back into the game.

"I think we have to be tougher in communication, aggression and see the game out at 4-2. That’s what really hurts, having gone on to concede three goals."

'INDIVIDUAL MISTAKES COST US'

"People have to do their jobs. We can talk about formations, individual players being good on the ball but if people don’t do their defensive jobs then we will concede goals.

"We need to be tougher with each other and look back at eras gone by where it wouldn’t have been accepted. Sometimes it is too easy to accept a mistake, or a lack of concentration. We have to make sure we are better when momentum swings...you’ve seen both the best of us, the worst of Hull and the best of Hull followed by the worst of us.

"It was a great one for the neutral for sure but it means nothing to us, given how much we wanted to win the game. I thought we did everything to win the game. I picked an attacking and they went out there and scored five goals. I’m shocked to be honest. It’s frustrating and a difficult one to stomach."

WATCH: PACK AND JOHNSON DISCUSS 5-5 DRAW

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