Banner image

Author

James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Saturday, August 18th 2018

'We improved but goals killed us' - Johnson

Lee Johnson was left somewhat frustrated after his side fell to their first league defeat of the season at home to Middlesbrough.

First-half goals from Martin Braithwaite - a cool finish after Jack Hunt's mistimed backpass - and a close-range header from Britt Assombalonga proved to be enough to earn Boro the three points.

City came out fighting in the second half with Eros Pisano and Josh Brownhill going closest by rattling the woodwork late on, but the visitors held on to secure the win.

"It wasn’t good enough in the first half. We weren’t aggressive enough, we’re patching up in certain areas and we need to adjust that in the market where possible," Johnson told bcfc.co.uk.

"I thought Lloyd Kelly was fantastic given the fact he's 19 years old, playing at centre-half against one of the most physical teams in the division. But we played into their hands too easily. We didn’t play forward early enough, we didn’t get down the sides.

"The second half was better because we showed an attitude to play forward. We were brighter and better but their goals killed us. That’s the most frustrating thing.

"You would see the first goal at U10 level, it was that soft. There’s no excuse but it wasn’t even from one of their bigger players. It’s difficult as a coach or manager because it’s so frustrating.

"It’s a route one ball that hasn’t been dealt with well, it drives you mad but in fairness the boys gave it a go in the second half.

"It is easier to give it a go when you’re 2-0 down, particularly when they decide to shut up shop, to waste time and kill the game but what do you expect? It’s good game management from very experienced players."

WATCH: JOHNSON REFLECTS ON BORO RESULT

City have recruited over the summer after a handful of departures and Johnson says he needs his new players to fit in quickly.

"Last season we were strong. When we had Joe Bryan, Aden Flint, Nathan Baker at his best and Bailey Wright we had the very strong platform to go and play. For various reasons we didn’t have that strength out their today and we have to play a slightly different way but still with that attacking intent.

"We had chances, we hit the bar and post, had a couple of flash shots to give us a chance to get back into the game but once we let them off the hook by not finishing it became too easy for them," he said.

City looked a slightly different side after the break, creating more clear cut chances as they got forward with more threat.

When asked what he told his players at half time, Johnson replied: "My biggest point was forward passing. I’ve played a million games like that where you’re against a good side who defend well, have strength and fans looking at it from the air can see the space. When you’re down there you can only see a seres of opposition faces in your way.

"Then the crowd gets frustrated and all of sudden people start hiding, or can’t on the ball or they get on the ball and then give it away. It’s a vicious circle against that strength of an opponent, so I just said to them ‘we don’t have the time to be a new group, we have to hit the ground running’.

"The last three goals we have conceded [against Bolton, Plymouth and today] have all been far too soft. It’s always an uphill battle from conceding the first goal."

City return to Sky Bet Championship action when they travel to QPR on Tuesday night (August 21st, 7.45pm)

Get your tickets

Latest News

Returning players set for Under-23s action

Returning players set for Under-23s action

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021

Martin on Robins TV for QPR test

Martin on Robins TV for QPR test

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021

Francois earns professional contract

Francois earns professional contract

Posted: Thursday, March 4th 2021

Francois ‘honoured’ to sign pro deal with City

Francois ‘honoured’ to sign pro deal with City

Posted: Thursday, March 4th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Bears All Access: Inside Callum Sheedy's kicking preparation
Rugby icon

Bears All Access: Inside Callum Sheedy's kicking preparation

Go behind the scenes at Callum Sheedy's weekly kicking preparation ahead of the Bears clash with Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium.

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021 • Rugby

Match preview: Worcester Warriors (a) - Gallagher Premiership
Rugby icon

Match preview: Worcester Warriors (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 12 Gallagher Premiership clash with Worcester Warriors, in our Big Match Preview.

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021 • Rugby

Team news: Worcester Warriors vs Bristol Bears
Rugby icon

Team news: Worcester Warriors vs Bristol Bears

Fitz Harding is set for his full Premiership debut when Bristol Bears face Worcester Warriors on Saturday (5.15pm KO).

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021 • Rugby

Heineken Champions Cup knockout stage draw
Rugby icon

Heineken Champions Cup knockout stage draw

The draw for the knockout stages of the 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland next Tuesday (March 9th).

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021 • Rugby

Team news: Saracens Women v Bristol Bears Women
Rugby icon

Team news: Saracens Women v Bristol Bears Women

Tom Lindsay makes five changes to the Bristol Bears Women squad to take on Saracens Women on Saturday afternoon (1pm).

Posted: Friday, March 5th 2021 • Rugby