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Johnson reflects on 'missed opportunity'

Lee Johnson reflected on a ‘missed opportunity’ after City’s four-game winning run was ended by Birmingham City at Ashton Gate.

Jamie Paterson’s opening goal after 40 seconds was cancelled out by Scott Hogan before an Andi Weimann own goal and Lukas Jutkiewicz’s late strike sealed the Blues’ victory.

Here’s what the head coach told Robins TV:

Opportunity missed

“It’s an opportunity missed today particularly after a fantastic start. I can’t really explain what happened in that 20-25 minutes after the goal. There was some poor decision making in terms of our press – we got stretched. Physically we didn’t win enough individual duels and we definitely didn't stop enough crosses. If you don’t do the fundamental basics against a side like Birmingham then they are going to have the players to hurt you.”

Over-eager

“I think it was a culmination of being over-eager and Hogan was stretching us behind which was making our distances not as compact as they have been. We didn’t really need to do that at 1-0 up, we could have brought the game on to us and countered swiftly.  It’s something we need to look at and I’ll go back without the emotion and look at the game.”

Chances

“Unfortunately today we got hurt in key times in the game and then we had the opportunity to hurt the opposition with a couple of really good chances on 75 and 80 minutes but we didn’t take them.”

Disappointed

“We’ve got to learn from it, that’s for sure. I’m disappointed because it always feels like we build up that momentum and it’s like a balloon that fizzles out."

Improvement

“Performances need to be better. There were a couple of individual performances today that I feel angry about and I am going to talk to those individuals because they have been very good in recent weeks. If you have one or two players that are not quite seven or eights minimum in this division then it costs you and it cost us today.”

City now get ready to go again against Derby County next Wednesday night (7.45pm KO).

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