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Posted Saturday, January 13th 2018

Result doesn't reflect performance - Johnson

Lee Johnson remains upbeat after his City side were beaten by a single goal against Norwich City.

James Maddison's 80th minute strike proved to be the difference, despite the Robins throwing everything at their opponents.

Just the woodwork and a fine save from Canaries keeper Angus Gunn thwarted Josh Brownhill from scoring on two occasions on Saturday afternoon.

But they were unable to find the breakthrough, with the result meaning City continue to search for their first points of 2018.

I HAVE HUGE BELIEF IN THIS SQUAD

Speaking to BCTV after the final whistle, head coach Johnson said: "I think it's a difficult one to take because I thought our performance was very good. It was certainly not the result we desired.

"Their threat was on the counter attack. We gave some sloppy balls away which led to a couple of good chances for them and at half time we tweaked the tactics and I thought we were excellent in the second half.

"We had a number of shots, Browny has hit the bar and he probably should have slotted it in but the keeper's made a great save.

"I was pleased with the individuals today but disappointed with the result because we really wanted the win.

"It was on but maybe he took too long [to shoot] and the goalkeeper probably deserved a huge amount credit for how he sprung up to save it. We can take a lot of positives from today as well.

"The sequence of events leading up this, since the Wolves game, has been difficult to take but I have huge belief in the squad.

WHAT HE SAID

""The sequence of events leading up this, since the Wolves game, has been difficult to take but I have huge belief in the squad."

Lee Johnson

RETURNING PLAYERS LIKE NEW SIGNINGS

"I have players coming back like Famara Diédhiou who will hopefully be in full training next week, which will be like a new signing for us. 

"I was delighted with Liam Walsh's home debut today, I thought he was excellent.

"Although Ryan Kent didn't get in the game enough he showed glimpses [of quality] so again, we have real strength in depth now and the boys need to step up and they will because we have good characters."

VIEW ON PENALTY APPEAL

Bobby Reid went down after challenging Norwich City's defenders for a header in the second half but referee Simon Hooper turned down the appeals.

Reflecting on that, Johnson added: "It's difficult without having seen it back. It looked like a push in the back but the physicality of the Championship against Bobby makes it difficult.

"That's the area where against teams in the Championship, without having that physical striker at the moment, we have to play in a different way. We have to try and score the perfect goal and you saw at the end with Aden (Flint) up there it caused a few problems because he is physical.

A TRIP TO DERBY COUNTY ON FRIDAY

"It will be a big game. The players should go into it with confidence because individually they have been playing very well.

"It's good to have a free week now as we play better that way. There's a challenge for those on the periphery of the starting XI to step up to the plate and the players who we are trying to bring in. We're still trying to recruit one or two where we can but I'm fine. We've done exceptionally well up to this stage."

ALSO ON BCTV: JOSH BROWNHILL REFLECTS ON NORWICH CITY RESULT