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'We must cut out defensive errors' - Johnson

Lee Johnson says City must cut out the defensive errors that saw them lose to Charlton Athletic, as they head into Sunday's home game against Luton Town (December 29th, 3pm KO).

The Robins came back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 through Andreas Weimann and substitute Niclas Eliasson, only for goals from Macauley Bonne - who netted a brace - and Alfie Doughty to secure victory for The Addicks.

Here’s what the head coach told Robins TV:

Frustrated

“I’m massively disappointed. It’s frustrating. I thought the second half was good but if you are going to give away goals as cheaply as we did then it’s going to be very difficult to win a football match - you are going to have to score four in the Championship.

“To be honest, all three goals were really poor, not only individual error but team and tactical rules. So, pleased as I was with the turnaround to get it to 2-1 and as comfortable as we were in and around the 65 minute mark, it’s extremely disappointing to go from that position to then conceding two goals.”

Niclas Eliasson had put City 2-1 up

Individual battles

“I thought their front two bullied us at times with their power and their movement and that’s disappointing because we are not an inexperienced backline. It still comes down to winning those battles. It’s not about smashing everybody in the tackle, it’s about controlling possession and believing in your own ability, believing in your teammate."

The team celebrate Weimann's equaliser

Second half

“In the second half, the attack-minded players really came to the fore and showed a desire to go and attack and the shape looked better in the way that we set the boys up compared to the first half.

“There were signs in the second half that we can go and put a run together. Yes, the negatives are there but there are some positives to the last two performances.

“What we have to do is put the defensive element of our performance against Sheffield Wednesday and the attacking element of the second half performance here together and if we do that then we can be successful this season.”

Tickets for City’s game against Luton Town on Sunday are still available.

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