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Johnson rues "spawny" equaliser

Lee Johnson was left ruing a slice of bad luck as City were quickly pegged back by big-spending Aston Villa thanks to a telling deflection at Ashton Gate.

Johnson’s men worked hard for the lead given to them on the hour by Jamie Paterson’s sharp shot on the turn.

But just four minutes later, Josh Onomah’s speculative strike took a looping deflection off Marlon Pack and dropped in just under Frank Fielding’s crossbar.

“Once we got our noses in front I thought we’d earned that through some good periods of play,” the head coach told BCTV.

“We probably didn’t get enough chances for all our play, but we worked it into good areas and had them on the back foot. I thought our passing and moving was excellent.

“The pitch was slick and the atmosphere was fantastic – one of the best I’ve ever heard at Ashton Gate, so I really enjoyed that."

WHAT HE SAID

"I’m just a little bit frustrated that we haven’t come away with a win. We got done by a deflection and that’s probably a bit spawny, but I thought the goal was poor defending from us."

Lee Johnson

FRUSTRATION

He added: “I’m just a little bit frustrated that we haven’t come away with a win. We got done by a deflection and that’s probably a bit spawny, but I thought the goal was poor defending from us.

“That’s what we’ve got to change, because there are too many goals being conceded from that sort of range. We need people to put bodies on their line.

“The lads worked their socks off, our pressing was great in the first half and we forced them into errors.

“They’re a good side and there are going to be times when they have periods of play and good chances – Frankie made a great save when he came out in the first half.

“I’m disappointed not to get three points, but not too despondent given the lads’ performance.”

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