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Dave Barton


Posted Sunday, February 17th 2019

The Inside Line: Post-Wolves (H)

Catch the talking points from Head Coach Lee Johnson after his side's 1-0 Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round exit to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Head to head with Wolves
“Fans will be disappointed that we are not through but will respect the fact that we have taken a top seven Premier League side all the way.  It’s hurting that we are out of the Cup because we felt we had a chance but you have to learn from defeats and take the positives but also understand where we are a little bit short at that level. You can see their strength and their strength in depth with the money they have spent, which they have spent well. They have a lot of internationals on the pitch and players who have played at an extremely high level. You’ve got to remember where our boys have come from and where we have come from as a football club and respect that we have taken a very good side right down to the wire. That was a Premier league test for us and we stood up well to many elements of it and in some we fell short.”

City took Wolves to the wire
Marlon Pack suffered an injury against QPR and came off the bench against Wolves

Andreas Weimann and Marlon Pack injuries
“Andi Weimann was out with a back issue and Marlon Pack had five stitches down his Achilles and hadn’t trained all week. Ideally we wouldn’t have used him because there was a risk of the stitches coming away given the position it is on the Achilles/heel."


Developing players
“We haven’t got huge resources for the division and therefore the coaching elements and the players being good students in terms of their application in training has to be there. We have our own examples of players who have developed such as Marlon Pack from Cheltenham in League Two and now he is one of the best midfielders in the Championship, Josh Brownhill and Joe Morrell, who has come through the youth set-up. “

Josh Brownhill impressed against Wolves
Lee Johnson felt there was a handball in the build up to the Wolves goal

“I’m not sure whether we were plating Wolves or the Harlem Globetrotters at one point! There were three handballs but the one that disappointed me was the goal because it was clear that, although it was a ricochet, it laid the ball perfectly into the path of Doherty to square it into an area where we didn’t have players recovering anywhere near quick enough.”