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'We’ll dust ourselves off and go again' - Johnson

Head Coach Lee Johnson believes City can start winning games after an improved display against Sheffield Wednesday but admits they need to do better in both boxes. 

While Johnson hailed his side’s attitude and effort, the Owls held out to earn the 2-1 win through goals from Connor Wickham and Massimo Luongo.

Nahki Wells headed home to reduce the deficit in the second half but, despite some later pressure, the Robins couldn’t find an equaliser.

Johnson believes City didn’t deserve to lose the Sky Bet Championship fixture but he felt his side needed to improve in the final thirds of the field.

"We go again"

"I can’t fault the attitude or effort and that’s why it’s a tough one to take but we have to move on and go again.

“We can get those wins and that’s why it was better today. There’s something to hold on to but it remains the fact that in any division in the world if you don’t do the jobs in the box it will be difficult. That’s what hurts today, but we’ll dust ourselves off, retrain tomorrow and we go again Wednesday (v Nottingham Forest).”

"We didn't do our jobs in the box"

“I don’t think we struggled, I thought it was simply we didn’t do our jobs in the box,” he said.

“The attitude was good, the character was good, we did lack a bit of quality in the final third after some good counters and breaks but we had a great chance from Bakes’ header and Joe Wildsmith has pulled off a great save.

“Nahki Wells should score from the wide free kick, maybe he had one eye on the keeper and then we had to do our jobs in the box, it’s as simple as that. I don’t feel we deserved to lose today, it was a much better performance.  

“Goals always change games. The second goal is really poor to concede and I’m most frustrated about it. The first one 'yes' but it’s clever play, we have to communicate the blocker better but the second one you’ve got to put your foot through it.”

There was encouragement for Benik Afobe, who made his first start since August because of injury, and Wells helped to lead the line, grabbing his third City goal in the process.

Afobe and Wells partnership

Johnson continued: “We didn’t feed them as well as well as we could have done. Benik held it up well, Nahki looked dangerous and the one he had in the second half, he scored his goal but we didn’t hold the ball up well enough centrally. It doesn’t matter if you’re a big or small player, as a midfielder, the breathing time it gives you by tucking it round the corner, and they (Sheffield Wednesday) did that quite well.”

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