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We Need More Characters - Johnson

Lee Johnson identified the need to add “a few more characters” to his squad after seeing his side beaten by the odd goal for the fifth time in succession.

Hosts Ipswich Town took the lead six minutes before the interval through Kevin Bru, but City struck back soon after the restart when Tammy Abraham poached his 15th goal of the season from close range.

At that point the visitors were in the ascendancy, but Ipswich applied late pressure and won the game courtesy of an acrobatic volley – ironically scored by ex-City striker Brett Pitman – leaving Johnson plotting his next move in the transfer window, which reopens before the Robins return to action against Reading at Ashton Gate on Monday (3pm).

“We could do with a few more characters – I think that’s the key,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD. “We need to sign a couple of characters.

“Age is not necessarily a huge thing and it’s important we understand that it’s not all about age.

“You have to be mobile and have the football game savvy. We had a couple of those out today with Gary O’Neil (calf) and Korey Smith (illness).”

Having replaced both full backs at half-time, Johnson lost Hordur Magnusson to a hamstring injury 20 minutes into the second period, meaning City ended the game with a back three of Taylor Moore, Aden Flint and Joe Bryan, with Luke Freeman and Callum O’Dowda operating as emergency wing-backs.

“I thought we probably deserved a point,” the head coach reflected.

“I didn’t think our first-half display deserved a lot – it was a bit scrappy and we didn’t want to make it as scrappy as that.

“I was disappointed at half-time so I made the changes and it got us back in the game.

“In that 20 to 25-minute spell we were much the better side and took the game to them, but Magnusson goes off and it kills us a little bit because we’re left with unnatural players in unnatural positions.

“Inevitably, that’s what’s caught us out. We lost a runner down the side, the cross comes in and unfortunately Taylor Moore couldn’t get the better of Pitman.”

 

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