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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Monday, April 2nd 2018

The better team won - Johnson

Head coach Lee Johnson conceded City were not at the races as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Brentford.

Bees substitute Neal Maupay slotted into the bottom corner with ten minutes left on the clock at Ashton Gate, in a game where City failed to get going.

Brentford wasted a number of chances, while the alert Frank Fielding kept the Bees at bay and Josh Brownhill's overhead heroics prevented a higher scoreline.

The result means City have not beaten Brentford in any competition since 2009.

While Johnson conceded the visitors deserved their win, he was frustrated that no free kick was given after he adjudged a foul on Jamie Paterson in the build up.

When asked what went wrong in the Easter Monday clash, Johnson told BCTV: "I think asking what went right is probably a better question, it would be a quicker interview. A lot went wrong today.

"We didn't lay a glove on them, we were at home, on the back of a decent at Barnsley and we want to come here and attack. Due to Brentford's quality on the day and being much the better side, we weren't able to influence, disrupt or affect their back-four anywhere near enough.

"There was a foul on Paterson in the build up....but I don't think we can blame the referee for the overall performance but certainly that individual error cost us a goal."

WATCH: JOHNSON ON BRENTFORD LOSS

 

WHAT HE SAID:

"Due to Brentford's quality on the day and being much the better side, we weren't able to influence, disrupt or affect their back-four anywhere near enough."

Head coach Lee Johnson

Johnson explained he shifted his defence to a back-three in the second half, which did lead to more pressure from the hosts, albeit without clear-cut chances on the Bees goal.

The shuffle saw Bailey Wright substituted, with young Lloyd Kelly brought on.

Johnson added: "I just want to put a natural left-footer on as part of a back-three. My thought process behind that was to try and go more direct with Milan Djuric on and have the quality with a left-foot, to bring the ball out and play diagonal balls and have the athleticism to drive through spaces.

"But it was difficult to work out exactly what would work because we couldn't get a foothold in the game due to a lack of quality and pressure from us."