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We deserved a result - Johnson

Lee Johnson believed his players were worthy of a point at QPR after succumbing to a final day defeat in West London.

It would take a spectacular curling strike from unlikely scorer Karl Henry to decide an entertaining game in which Bristol City could easily have scored two or three goals of their own.

Johnson again offered opportunities to two of his teenage youngsters, as Zak Vyner and George Dowling were given 22 minutes to impress shortly after Henry landed the decisive blow.

“I think a draw may have been fair, but we were on the receiving end of a fantastic strike in fairness,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“I felt we had some good chances in the game – Jimmy (Jonathan Kodjia) had two or three really good opportunities.

“I thought it was a definite penalty on Jimmy in the second half and I felt we had some very good play.

“There were some good moves, but we didn’t quite have the finish or the final pass. As a general rule, it’s been a decent day with more minutes out of our young players, and I think the fans enjoyed the performance.

“I think you saw today that if we can add three or four players and we get them right, we can compete in that top ten.”

Despite the quality of the game’s only goal, the City head coach was unimpressed with his team in the build up.

“We have to legislate for that if we’re going to move forward next year,” he added.

“You’ve got to have the mindset of scoring two goals. We could’ve scored two, but we didn’t, and a bit of individual brilliance defeats us.

“The goal was a complete tactical error by one of our players, and he knew it. He did it because he felt it was a game in which he could move forward when he shouldn’t have done. I’m very disappointed and a little bit angry about that.

“Even in a game like this, which was a bit of a dead rubber, I’ve still got that feeling that I hate losing.

“I’ve got to calm down because the players have been fantastic for me so far and I really appreciate that.”

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