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Johnson Disappointed With Derby Defeat

Lee Johnson admitted he was disappointed and frustrated to see his side’s five-match unbeaten run come to an end at the home of rivals Cardiff City in front of the Sky TV cameras.

Peter Whittingham’s first-half penalty and Sol Bamba’s goal midway through the second period left City with a lot to do against a Cardiff team buoyed by the arrival of new manager Neil Warnock.

Lee Tomlin’s quick-fire reply gave the visitors a lifeline, but Bobby Reid lifted a late chance over the crossbar and Cardiff held on.

“I’m obviously really disappointed because it’s a game we wanted to win and it’s a game we felt we could win," Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.

“Obviously it changed the dynamic a bit with Neil coming in and that was the bit that disappointed me about my team in the first half – I didn’t feel we played the right game.

“We played into their hands and our units were too spread. That’s very unusual for us and I don’t know why it happened.

“Maybe it was the fact that it was on Sky or maybe it was the atmosphere – even though it was nowhere near the Ashton Gate atmosphere.

“I thought we gave it a go in the second half. Tammy Abraham hasn’t been well in the last three or four days and it was a gamble to play him, but I don’t think we got enough supply into him anyway.

“Cardiff kill a lot of the game – they take a long time to take a throw-in with the way they dry the ball with the towel – and the time that the ball is in play is a very short period compared to what it would normally would be. You’ve got to deal with that and today we didn’t.

“Bobby is unfortunate because Bamba gets a little touch to put him off. Had we got a draw we might’ve deserved it on endeavour but maybe not through quality. It just wasn’t to be today.”