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Missed Chances Cost Us - Johnson

Lee Johnson admitted City’s home defeat to Brentford hinged on his side not taking their chances at Ashton Gate.

Both teams had opportunities to score before the Bees struck a fortunate winner in the 69th minute when Romaine Sawyers’ shot deflected off team-mate Maxime Colin to wrongfoot City keeper Ivan Lucic.

Lucic had earlier replaced Frank Fielding to make his Sky Bet Championship debut, who came off nursing a rib injury in the first half.

“It was a typical Championship fixture,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD. “It was tight and if either team had taken their chances early doors, the game could’ve gone beyond the opposition.

“I thought we played some good football and it was very open. Inevitably the game hinged on us not taking our chances.

“We’ve got to stay strong as a playing group and as a football club. We’ve seen teams who can go on runs – we’re on a bad run at the moment, we have to accept that and find a way of coming through it.

“I don’t think we should be negative about the performance because I think there were a lot of good things and I felt we got our identity back a little bit.

“On another day, we come in having scored at least three goals in the second half.

“It was a bit of a strange game. The atmosphere was damp in the air and it was quiet. The game was end to end and had quality, but because it was so stretched it seemed to be played at quite a slow pace.

“Hogan was getting in behind our two centre-halves far too easily. Once we sorted that out, I don’t think he managed to have too much effect in the second half. That’s what’s disappointing, because I genuinely feel it was there for us to win.”