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There Is A Fear Late In Games - Johnson

Cardiff City inflicted a seventh straight league defeat on Johnson’s side, despite trailing 2-1 with only eight minutes left.

Last time out on home soil it was a similar story, as City led 2-0 going into the final 20 minutes but still went on to lose the game.

“I think it’s a fear,” the head coach told Bristol City Player HD. “The players want that win so much and it only takes one or two things to have a domino effect in play.

“A couple of poor decision are made and suddenly people start getting erratic – from putting their foot through the ball nice and solid in the first half, suddenly they’re swiping and shanking things into midfield. It gives the opposition a platform.

“It was all going so well and, again, we’ve crumbled. The players have got to look at themselves, I’ve got to look at myself and we’ve got to do everything we can to flip it quickly.

“I talked to Jens Hegeler after the game, who’s played Champions League football, and he couldn’t understand how suddenly we become rash and nowhere near as calm as we were for the first 70 minutes.

“It’s something we need to work on by putting scenarios on in training to kill the game off, because that’s what we didn’t do.”

Goalless at half-time, the Severnside derby burst into life when Joe Bryan’s stunning volley found the net via a combination of crossbar and goalkeeper Brian Murphy.

Tammy Abraham’s close-range overhead kick made it 2-1 after Anthony Pilkington equalised from the penalty spot, but Kadeem Harris levelled shortly before Pilkington struck a spectacular winner five minutes from time.

“The emotions are raw at the moment after losing a derby in the way that we did, given how solid and strong we were for the majority of the game,” Johnson added.

“It was probably the most solid we’ve looked this season, but at 2-1 up we have to see it through.

“It wasn’t down to anything in particular that they did – we switched off from a cross, which is very disappointing and shouldn’t happen. People must do their individual jobs.

“We’ve scored two goals at home for the second league game running and ended up losing. I have to take that on the chin from all angles, which I will, but I’ll still turn up and I’ll still keep coming because I want success for this club more than anybody.”