Banner image

Let's learn and learn fast - Johnson

Lee Johnson says his players must “learn and learn fast” after a dominant first-half display went unrewarded in defeat at St Andrew’s.

City went 1-0 up in the very first minute when Bobby Reid found himself in the right place at the right time after Famara Diédhiou and Josh Brownhill both struck the crossbar in the same attack.

But despite being outplayed at this stage, hosts Birmingham City drew level through Craig Gardner on the half-hour before Jacques Maghoma fired home the winner 16 minutes from time.

“It’s frustrating because we certainly had the chances,” Johnson told BCTV.

“We were very good in patches; 65% of the time we were excellent, but the other 35% we were a bit naïve.

“We had quite an experienced side out today and we didn’t manage the game well enough.

“At 1-0 up we were absolutely cruising and the lads probably started to enjoy it a bit too much, which coincided with us giving a poor ball away while our crowd were giving us the ‘Olé, Olé, Olé’.

“We thought we were better than we are and we got sloppy, giving them the opportunity to launch the ball in our box (leading to the equaliser).

“That gave them something to get hold of, the crowd got behind them and everything changes.

NO CRITICISMS

Johnson added: “I don’t want to be critical of my team because I thought we were outstanding in patches.

“Birmingham are a good side who are going to dominate through physicality at times, but we’ve had the chances to get at least a draw.

“I think the fans have gone home knowing that if we play like that for the remaining 44 games we’ll win more games than we lose.

“We want to make sure our away form is really strong this year so we’ve got to learn and learn fast.”

Joe Bryan (ankle) will be assessed ahead of the game at Brentford on Tuesday after picking up a knock at St Andrew's.

EXCLUSIVE BCTV INTERVIEW