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Posted Sunday, February 25th 2018

Johnson reflects on "horrible" game

Lee Johnson says that while City abandoned their usual style of play, their match at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday was not one they deserved to lose.

Kenneth Zohore’s second-half strike proved to be the difference between when the two sides when the Robins took on the Bluebirds in the latest Severnside derby.

The defeat leaves City sixth in the Sky Bet Championship, two points ahead of Middlesbrough and Sheffield United, five points behind Fulham.

Reflecting on the match, head coach Johnson told BCTV: “I thought it was a horrible game. We knew it would be because the way Cardiff play contains you into a certain area.

“I picked a team that could physically stand up to individual duels but the area the team were disappointing in today was that we just kicked it upfield on too many occasions. The gameplan was never any different to how we normally play but we lost the belief in our style, which has done us so well.

“They make it difficult to play our way against them, that’s something they do very well, but it was a typical 0-0 game. We didn’t deserve to win or lose.

“The key for me is to believe in my system over the next 12 games. I said to the players, 'it's okay if you can’t play it because we will sort it out at the end of the season and we can move on'. I won’t settle for mediocrity, never have I settled for that and I think that was on show from both teams.

“Cardiff condensed the pitch into one area, the ball has to go long, the play slows down which makes it difficult to build rhythm. The pitch was bobbly, the wind played a part too but we knew what was going to happen.

“The challenge against sides like that is to earn the right to play and we did that but we just didn’t play. That’s what disappointed me and I was disappointed with the goal too. We missed chances to give somebody a stinging challenge but I have total belief in the boys.”

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