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Posted Monday, April 22nd 2019

'We created chances but didn't take them'' - Johnson

Lee Johnson says City created the chances but needed to be better at finishing them in his assessment of Easter Monday’s trip to Hillsborough.

Jay Dasilva hit the post as City rallied after falling 2-0 down to a long-range strike from Barry Bannan and Lucas Joao’s chip in the first half.

Famara Diédhiou and Josh Brownhill also went close in the second period but for blocks from Sheffield Wednesday keeper Cameron Dawson.

The head coach praised his players’ work ethic but felt they needed to take the opportunities when they were presented.

Mountain to climb

Johnson said: “I thought we played some good football at times. We played the better football but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb. The first goal is a well-hit shot for sure but it shouldn’t beat us, in my opinion, from that range and where it went in the goal.

“We could have applied more pressure on Barry Bannan who we know is a key player in that quarter-back role and they had some warning shots. We shouldn’t have to give ourselves a leg up by taking that punch on the nose, we have to be better than that. We created numerous good chances and we have to take them, it’s as simple as that.”

Working hard

“It’s hard to criticise our work rate because the players worked their socks off, played the better football but we didn’t have the quality to finish our chances.”

Dominating the chances

“Jay’s had a great chance to get back into it. We had corners and free-kicks and we were dominant but it’s difficult if you don’t get the goal to keep going. You get momentum where a goal changes games and unfortunately today we took two punches on the nose at bad times.”

Responding against Derby County in BS3

“We go again, simple. There are no frustrations there, we got beat and that’s football, that’s life. We now give ourselves the best possible opportunity at home where the environment is important. We look forward to going back to Ashton Gate in what is a great game. We’re fighting at the right end of the table with three games to go.”

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