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We Went Down Like Dominos - Johnson

Lee Johnson said his players capitulated too easily as City suffered their heaviest defeat for five and a half years at Deepdale.

Hosts Preston North End led 1-0 at the interval, but added four goals in 21 second-half minutes to condemn Johnson’s team to a 5-0 scoreline – the club’s worst since the same result was inflicted at nearby Blackpool back in October 2011.

Now the head coach is vowing to select players who are mentally tougher when his side welcome Wolves to Ashton Gate on Saturday.

“I’m very, very disappointed. In the first half I actually thought we played alright and didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“We were playing some good football and having some opportunities, so we actually felt we would get back into the game.

“But we conceded very poor second and third goals, and went down like dominos. I was very angry and frustrated with the capitulation because we’re in it together.

“It’s mentality – we have to be stronger mentally. There have been too many games in the Championship, spread over two seasons, that we’ve lost.

“Now we’ve got to pick the ones who can be mentally strong, deal with adversity, look in the face of danger and still play.

“It hurts because nobody wanted to come here and put in a performance like that. In the second half we’ve capitulated and we must face the music.

“Results went for us and we’re still out of the relegation zone. Our 300 fans were very good tonight and we appreciate that.

“We need to pick a team that we can trust against Wolves now.”

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