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Posted Sunday, October 7th 2018

'We will regroup and evaluate' - Johnson

Lee Johnson's side fell to a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday despite having the lion's share of possession.

The Owls scored two goals in quick succession - the first from an offside position - although Matty Taylor's penalty halved the deficit as City fought to earn a point.

They were dominant but couldn't force a late equaliser as domestic football now takes a two-week break.

The 2-1 result left Johnson "frustrated" but the group will assess the areas which need improving over the coming fortnight, as well as shine light on the positive parts to their game.

"It’s my job to build the players back up as quickly as possible," he told BCTV.

"I thought there were a lot of good parts to our play today but we didn’t take our chances early enough when we created very good ones. Without question, the linesman has cost us the first goal and it does get frustrating when you work hard all week on a gameplan and a sub-standard linesman has cost us with a decision that was clear to all was three yards offside."

"I thought there were a lot of good parts to our play today but we didn’t take our chances enough."

Lee Johnson

"It’s a passionate business we’re in and this game, if we had won, would have put us in the top six. We’re only three points off that but I know naturally, people will get frustrated even though we’re a new team and that’s fair enough.

"I wanted the win because you know the statisticians will come out and say that’s no wins in five games but if we had won it’s five wins in ten. I have to deal with it and it's the same for the players. It’s now up to us to regroup and evaluate the first set of games.

"There are still a lot of points to play for and we showed a lot of good examples of our good play and hopefully that will come again."

The head coach added: "We’re not a million miles away from performing well. We can go on a run and be ready to do that, come back rested, restored and bright ready for the Brentford game."

City have sold their entire allocation for the trip to London in two weeks' time.

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