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We'll come back fighting against Hull - Johnson

Lee Johnson believes his players will evaluate themselves and come back stronger as they look to get back to winning way against Hull City.

The Robins head north for their Sky Bet Championship clash at the weekend, following Tuesday night's frustrating 2-1 defeat at home to Preston North End.

Goals in either half from Paul Gallagher and Callum Robinson secured Preston's win, with Fulham loanee Cauley Woodrow firing in City's late consolation goal.

Analysing the match, Johnson explained his side played too much route one football and abandoned their usual style of play for much of the game.

The City head coach told BCTV"Our distances in and out of possession, between our units needed to be smaller so I put an extra man in the middle to be able to play an extra pass in but we didn't really do that until 10 or 15 minutes into the second half.

"The first time we got the ball in the half we threw a 40-yard through ball and I wanted to put the extra passes in so we could build and get our wide men on the ball to work [Niclas] Eliasson and [Callum] O'Dowda, with the eventual plan to change the shape and bring an extra striker on. That side of it worked and we had better chances in the second half."

Should Preston have gone down to 10 men?

That was certainly Johnson's reaction after seeing Milan Djuric brought down in a first-half challenge from Lilywhites captain Paul Huntington.

He said: "He made no contact with the ball and that changes the game. I thought Preston were good at time wasting and frustrating, particularly when they scored, and we weren't intelligent enough tonight to break them down.

"There are a number of things I am frustrated about. I can handle losing. Obviously it hurts but where this group has been so good is we have always played with our identity so I can't understand why we didn't today."

WHAT HE SAID

"I thought Preston were good at time wasting and frustrating, particularly when they scored, and we weren't intelligent enough tonight to break them down."

Lee Johnson

First 45 minutes not good enough

"I think it was a bad first half at the office. I don't think we were that bad in the second half. The ball just didn't break for it with little ricochets in and around the box, [Bobby] Reid's had a chance with minutes to go and I thought they couldn't handle the fleet-footed Eliasson towards the end.

"I thought the shape changes worked from where we were because it looked like we wouldn't get out of our half, let alone create any chances.

"I think we have an honest bunch of players and they will take a look at themselves individually and as a team and we try and come back stronger for the Hull game."

Saturday's match at the KCOM Stadium kicks off at 3pm.

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