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Posted Sunday, February 17th 2019

Johnson sees positives in second-half showing

Lee Johnson wants to see more of the City side who competed in the second half of their Emirates FA Cup clash against Wolves.

They constantly pressured the Premier League team after the break on Sunday, but were unlucky not to force and equaliser after Ivan Cavaleiro's first-half goal was enough to settle the tie.

The City head coach says his players will assess what went well and where they could improve, following their FA Cup defeat.

But it was a much better second-half showing from the Robins, who went toe-to-toe with their top flight opponents.

Johnson's tale of two halves

"The first half was unacceptable, the second half was acceptable. I thought we were everything we want to be against a really good, physical side with quality. They have had fortunes to spend and they have spent well.

"Our boys competed really well and in the second half we peppered their box with 15 shots. That's a positive snd shows you the level of commitment and attitude and forward-thinking play which you have to play with to be successful. When we do that, we're a match for anyone."

Players will asses themselves

"It's win or learn. Today I learned an awful lot, some good and some bad things which need to improve. The lads need to look in the mirror in terms of consistency , personal performance evaluation and we'll do that from the tactical side."

"That's good though, its good experience for the young lads. I thought Joe Morrell was good in the first half and that [substitution] was a tactical switch. Niclas Eliasson is another young lad, Callum O'Dowda wasn't quite at it in the first half but much better in the second, Famara too. Credit to the opposition but we weren't able to play to our maximum today.

The next-match mentality

"We have to win or learn, we have to draw those positives and there were a lot of them in the second half, some good play and I think we have to take the lessons and use them to start next week ready and prepared for another big game."

Johnson's call for fans to turn Ashton Gate into a fortress

"Our fans were brilliant today, a big shout out to them. We need that and we're very good as the underdog and we need to create that siege mentality in home games throughout the second half of the Championship campaign.

"Many elements to our play were positive and I'm looking forward to seeing that second-half performance for 96 minutes."

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