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‘We improved but it’s a fair result’ - Johnson

Lee Johnson says City can take some pride from their second-half improvements in the 1-0 defeat away to Leeds United.

They had been up against it for much of the opening 45 minutes, with Luke Ayling’s 16th-minute strike enough to seal the points for the Whites at Elland Road.

But City forced Leeds back after the interval and saw what appeared a clear penalty appeal dismissed, while Dan Bentley was in fine form to keep the scores down and Nahki Wells went closest to equalising for the Robins.

Here’s what Head Coach Johnson had to say in his post-match interview with Robins TV…

In summary

“Disappointing. I wanted to win the football match. I haven’t got any excuses, I thought they were the better side.”

View on second-half ‘handball’ appeals

“Circumstances did go against us on a couple of occasions and it’s 100 per cent a penalty. Our faithful will watch that back and they will be as upset as I was with the officiating.

"At that point in the game, it could have provided anxiety in the stadium, to allow us to go on and even win it, so big moments in games are important. I’m not saying they weren’t the better side because they were today.”

Should City have been awarded a penalty? The officials dismissed the appeals

Improving after a slow start

“In the first 20-25 minutes we were rabbits in the headlights due to A) their quality and B) our lack of nouse in the moment. It happens sometimes, you have to see through those periods and we did.

“I was strong with my message at half-time. I wanted to see us, I wanted to see the best version of the individuals and six or seven of the players showed some guts in the second half, to open the game up and play more than we did in the first half.

“At least we can salvage some pride knowing we should have had a penalty and we had some chances but it doesn’t defer away from the fact it was a fair result.”

O'Dowda helped City after coming off the bench

Believing in the big moments

“We have to stay focused and believe. When I say believe, they do believe but it’s about believing in the big stadiums against the big teams that they can bring out their individual USPs. I love them to bits and I’m desperate for them to do well, but doing well is giving yourself a chance of playing top-level football but a couple didn’t do that today."

Nahki Wells went closest to scoring an equaliser

Lessons to be learned

“You have to be able to self-coach at times, in game with a big atmosphere it can hard to hear people around you. You have to self-coach in five-minute spells and then influence someone else to be able to bring their best game out or action that you’re particularly good at.

“A couple of the younger ones have lessons to be learned from a game like this. We go back to the drawing board and work hard to try and get ready for Saturday.”