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Posted Saturday, December 30th 2017

We must learn lessons and move on - Johnson

Lee Johnson says City will look to learn lessons and move on quickly after losing ground on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sky Bet Championship table toppers Wolves ran out 2-1 winners at the Gate on Saturday evening, fighting back from a goal down in front of the BS3 crowd.

With the visitors reduced to ten men early on, City were dominant for much of the game and led thanks to Bobby Reid's 13th goal of the season.

But Wolves equalised through a Barry Douglas free kick before Ryan Bennett's back-post header deep into stoppage time snatched all three points.

Reflecting on the game, head coach Johnson told BCTV: "I thought we dominated up until Frankie’s sending off.

"Tactically we nailed it, we put good deliveries into their box, balls flashing across and I thought our boys were excellent. It was such a topsy-turvy game and key decisions changed that.

"I was disappointed with the second goal we conceded and that’s the real gut-rencher. We should have cleared the ball initially after a poor giveaway and we’ve lost our man for the goal.

"It was a good game though and you have to give Wolves credit for the way in which they got stuck in there and how they defended.

"You have to give our boys credit as well because we entertained in a very good game and circumstances and misfortune and poor decision making has cost us. You can’t give a quality team the chances they did."

JOHNSON'S VIEW ON THE RED CARDS

Danny Batth was the man dismissed for Wolves after a first-half lunge on Hordur Magnusson, while Frank Fielding brought down Matt Doherty close to the hour-mark to see red.

Johnson said: "I thought it [Batth foul] was a sending off. It was high on Maggy and the player has gone over the ball a little bit. Their bench was frustrated but for me I thought it was a sending off.

"I think from there we controlled the game well. We put Aden Flint up front to give us the option of being more direct with diagonal passes.

"We scored an excellent goal but it was disappointing that we didn’t kill them off at that stage, whether it be by over playing or controlling possession but we gave silly balls away and made poor decisions for the first goal. They have too much quality not to get in behind us.

And reflecting on Fielding's sending off, he continued: "I think the mistakes came earlier than that. Maggy stepped out of his slot when there was no need to, Joe Bryan came across and it was nicely weighted ball.

"I think he (Doherty) would probably have tucked it in but that was the only thing. He might have been better off letting them score and still having 11 v 10 but we can’t rewind time now. We have to learn our lessons and look forward."

REID'S WELL-WORKED GOAL

The City boss continued: "It was a good goal from good play. Browny (Josh Brownhill) played it into Paterson who played a nice calm ball to Bobby who tucked it away. It was a good move.

"We did cause them problems, perhaps not as many as I would have liked in the first half. I thought our numerical advantage was a bit too deep which is why I made my changes and I thought that worked.

"It’s disappointing because I don’t think it was naivety, I think it was the opposition showed quality to get behind us in one moment and a couple of bad decisions from my boys.

Saturday's result sees City drop to third in the table.

EXCLUSIVE: JOHNSON DISCUSSES WOLVES WITH BCTV

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