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James Crawley


Posted Sunday, August 4th 2019

‘We will come back stronger’ – Johnson

Lee Johnson insists City will get to work to improve on Sunday’s display against Leeds United.

The Whites struck three goals on a tough opening weekend at Ashton Gate, with Andreas Weimann scoring a consolation strike in the 3-1 defeat.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Johnson felt the visitors deserved their victory and outlined where his players needed to be better on the day.

However, he singled out praise for Taylor Moore, whoslotted into centre-back to make his first City start in three years.

Gracious in defeat

"I think we have to hold our hands up and say Leeds were the better side. Their decision making was sharper and crisper than ours and it’s disappointing. We were honest, we gave it a go."

Moore ‘outstanding’

"Taylor Moore came in for his first start in three years and he was fantastic. It’s difficult to lose your Player of the Year days before the new season but there were no complaints on Taylor’s performance; I thought he was outstanding."

Room for improvement

"The lads have to feel the quality they (Leeds) showed. I think to be as sloppy going forward as we were in the first half, then it is always going to be difficult. There were times when we got a foothold but it wasn’t anywhere near enough. The quicker we are honest about that the better because we can make decisions off the back of that."

'We will get better'

"I can look at those boys, they ran around and tried their best, we lacked the quality we are after but we kept going to the end. A couple of ricochets and we might have got the second balls and the last few minutes might have been more interesting.

"It wasn’t to be today, we have to all accept that and we will strive to get better in the next few days."

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