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Johnson rues 'poor' display

Lee Johnson was left angered by a Bristol City performance he deemed 'poor' after big-spending Derby County ran out 3-2 winners at Ashton Gate.

The head coach reasoned his side were too slow to get going in both halves and made too many mistakes in possession, ultimately letting a 2-1 half-time lead slip.

Goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Bobby Reid had turned the tide in City’s favour after Johnny Russell’s opener, but Derby struck twice in quick succession through Craig Bryson and Tom Ince to ensure Johnson’s men are still not quite over the line in the Sky Bet Championship survival race.

“I thought we were poor,” the boss told Bristol City Player HD.

“We did very well to get ourselves back in the game and I thought the lads were working hard – they were very honest in their work rate and effort – but the quality on the ball was poor.

“That’s the difference and that’s what we have to make sure we improve.

“I want to give every chance to the players that are here to improve that, and at times we’ve really shown that because we’ve been in good form, but today we didn’t.

“It just goes to show that you have to look after the football, and if you don’t, you get punished.

“We played into their hands on two occasions – the first 15 minutes of the game and the first 15 minutes of the second half.

“I’m angry because we told them that we had to move the ball quicker and that we didn’t have time to pose and have a look – you’ve got to know your next pass and play from that.

“You have to give credit to the opposition for how quickly they close you down and how slick they are on the break, but I’m just disappointed with our boys, who have been so good in recent times, but made too many mistakes tonight.

“It was two or three mistakes in a row that were killing us, and we don’t normally do that.

“People started going into their shells a bit, but you’ve got to be brave and you’ve got to be bold with the mindset of wanting to be the best player on the pitch – it’s a showcase and you’ve got to play every game like it’s your last.

“I thought we did great to get back in it. We looked like if we did get the first or second pass out we were in, but on too many occasions we didn’t. We just have to pick them up now and go again on Saturday.”

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