Bristol City manager Lee Johnson says he is pleased with the response of Nigeria’s Peter Odemwingie and his team-mates coming from behind to earn a point against an uncompromising Rotherham United side at Ashton Gate on Tuesday.
Matt Derbyshire lobbed the in-form visitors in front after 12 minutes but City regained their composure in the face of wily opponents to move seven points clear of the bottom three courtesy of Peter Odemwingie’s finely-taken equalizer after the break.
Johnson in an interview on the club’s official website said;
“We make sure we do our research and I knew what was coming. You could see in the team selection that we had a couple more ‘men’ in there, and it was important we dealt with what was going to come.
“Unfortunately we conceded a very poor goal, one I’m very disappointed with, because we’ve conceded too many like that this year and that has to change.
“All of a sudden you’ve got a mountain to climb, but I said to the lads at half-time ‘there’s a lot of football to be played yet, because there’s been hardly any in the first half!’
“That was due to time wasting, people going down injured, balls out of play and long throw-ins, so it was always going to be scrappy. When you actually cut the game down to ball in play, I bet it was only about 60 minutes out of 90 – maybe less.
“I think the lads got a little bit frustrated and took their focus off maintaining possession, but when the game is helter-skelter, it’s difficult to get out of that mindset. We just needed that little bit of class, which came from a bit of brightness from a wide free kick.” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD