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Dave Barton


Posted Saturday, October 27th 2018

The debrief: Stoke City (H)

Lee Johnson assesses his side's 1-0 loss to Stoke City at Ashton Gate.

Here's what he said after the game:

  • Johnson admitted he was “frustrated” with the first-half performance but said the players were “fantastic”, especially in the second half against “probably the most fancied side in the division"
  • The Robins took “too long to get going, to press and play forward” and needed to be aggressive and play with intensity from the start
  • City’s “personality and identity” came out in the second half, playing forward with “short, sharp and precise passes, switching play and changing the point of attack"
  • Johnson changed the left side of the City team at half-time because “it wasn’t doing enough”
  • Clevedon-born Jack Butland deserve credit for being a “top keeper” and while City may have been the better side it will be the result that goes down in history
  • City can “handle the ball and grind teams down” but have lost sources of goals with the summer departures and now need “goals from all over the pitch”
  • The Sky Bet Championship can be “cruel at times, but hopefully through consistency, belief and implementing the way we played in the second half,” City are heading in the right direction