Banner image

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.

Click here to buy your Hull City tickets

Latest News

Enjoy Ashton Gate hospitality at the Norwich match

Enjoy Ashton Gate hospitality at the Norwich match

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020

Junior event screening and stadium tours available

Junior event screening and stadium tours available

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020

Tinnion to feature on Robins TV this weekend

Tinnion to feature on Robins TV this weekend

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020

Downsy guest on LGBT Sport Podcast

Downsy guest on LGBT Sport Podcast

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020

Also from Bristol Sport

Weekend doubleheader added to pre-season schedule
Basketball icon

Weekend doubleheader added to pre-season schedule

Bristol Flyers have added two pre-season games to their upcoming schedule.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Basketball

Stat attack: 2019/20 season
Rugby icon

Stat attack: 2019/20 season

Check out the best of the team and players stats from a rollercoaster 2019/20 season for the Bears.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Rugby

Injury update: October 2020
Rugby icon

Injury update: October 2020

Following the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign, Bristol Bears can confirming the following players will undergo treatment and rehabilitation ahead of the new season in November.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Rugby

Randall and Purdy boost Churngold charity fundraiser
Rugby icon

Randall and Purdy boost Churngold charity fundraiser

Churngold, player sponsors of Harry Randall and Henry Purdy, have used the Bears duo's attacking prowess to raise £2,000 to help buy advanced technology at Southmead Hospital.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Rugby

Three Bears named in England U18 for training camps
Rugby icon

Three Bears named in England U18 for training camps

Three Bristol Bears U18’s players will be on international duty during the October half-term after being called up by England U18.

Posted: Thursday, October 22nd 2020 • Rugby