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We Were Beaten By The Better Side - Johnson

Lee Johnson admitted his team were beaten by the better side after early season Sky Bet Championship leaders Huddersfield Town returned to winning ways at Bristol City’s expense.

The hosts started brightly in West Yorkshire and scored early through Elias Kachunga’s close-range header, but were pegged back by Tammy Abraham’s 13th goal of the season as City ended the first half on top.

But that momentum was lost after the interval and with it the game, as Nahki Wells caught Frank Fielding in possession to score an easy winner just before the hour – a mistake for which the keeper was quick to apologise.

“Overall it’s a feeling of disappointment and frustration,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“I thought they were definitely the better team in the first 20 or 25 minutes, but we changed the shape to 3-5-2 and that nullified the opposition a little bit so we started to come back into it.

“We scored our goal which I thought was deserved and had a couple of half-chances, but the second half was pretty poor from us and we lost individual battles in certain areas of the pitch.

“The message at half-time was to continue the way we finished the first half and to have the confidence to relax on the ball because they press very quickly when they first lose possession.

“If you can break that first press it can be a big opportunity to counter, but that’s what we didn’t do well enough today.

“The winning goal is down to a couple of mistakes but I don’t want to dwell on it. Frankie is a top lad and he immediately apologised to everyone in the dressing room, but it’s a team game.

“We have to go into Tuesday with a team that’s enthused. We’re back at home, which is great for us at the moment, and we need to dust ourselves off very quickly.

“I don’t have any complaints about the result, but I felt we were in it right to the end even though they were the better side on the day.”