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Posted Saturday, April 13th 2019

'We'll review and go again' - Johnson

Lee Johnson says City will head into the Easter period undeterred, despite a valiant effort at Villa Park.

He hailed his players for giving everything they had in the game, where Famara Diédhiou’s overhead kick halved the deficit after a Tammy Abraham penalty and Conor Hourihane’s strike put Villa 2-0 up.

Here’s what the head coach told BCTV after the final whistle.

‘Players worked their socks off’

“Yes I think they (the officials) will be disappointed when they look back on it and professionally review their performance.

“It is what it is, and it was always going to be a tough game. The boys worked their socks off and had a couple of chances to go one or two goals up.”

Costly spell

“They couldn’t deal with their switch on a couple of occasions. El Ghazi caused us problems when he cut inside, again personnel is important. If you have Korey Smith in that slot he fills the gaps but we didn’t have him today and it cost us.

“We pushed them but our downfall was the first 20 minutes in the second half, where we didn’t win enough individual duels. We weren’t as crisp or as solid with our clearances or hold up play.

Praise for Max O’Leary

“He was great and he made some great instinctive saves today. We can talk about referees but he has kept us in it with a couple of chances.

“Matty Taylor had a header early doors which you would have fancied him to stick in but we didn’t get the break of the ball today, probably due to the duals where Aston Villa were physically stronger than we were.”

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