Date: 7th September 2015 at 3:48pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts following the late loss to Shrewsbury Town at the weekend.

Video – Shrewsbury Highlights
Audio – Johnson On Shrewsbury Loss

Speaking to the Official Site following the two one defeat, a clearly disappointed Johnson knows we should have taken a point from the game, if not all three given the chances we fashioned over the course of the 90 minutes.

‘It feels horrible. I don`t think we played that badly as in patches we were good. The one criticism I do have of my team is that we resorted to going too long ball in the last fifteen to twenty minutes. We lost our patience and started to go forward too early. It`s disrespectful to say it`s a smash and grab from them, but we were the ones trying to win. They were wasting time then we got hit with a sucker punch.’

With a controversial moment in the game coming when the referee gave nothing for the foul on on loan Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley, Johnson went on to say that for him it was a stonewaller and he had no idea what was going through the referee’s head.

‘We should have had a penalty, it was absolutely stone wall. Their defender took away Dan Crowley`s leg and if we scored that the game would have changed, I don`t know why the referee hasn`t given it.’

The positive for him though was the chances we created, but he knows we have to be more clinical in the future.

‘We certainly created enough to win the match. Once we got the goal back we showed our good character but we lacked quality in the final third today. We have got that quality, but for some reason it wasn`t there.’

There was also a small warning for the players, as there were parts of our play that he definitely wasn’t happy with.

‘We`ve got some good players, it`s mine and my staff`s job to find the right blend to make us consistent through the whole match not just ten or fifteen minute patches. I saw a few little things set in today that will be 100% stamped out by me. If they aren`t then those players won`t play or will be moved on. I have to trust my personality is being put out onto the pitch.’

Skipper Alfie Mawson was also interviewed after the game and he admitted we weren’t at it or up to our normal standards.

‘We were expecting to get a kick up the backside but he (Johnson) was calm with it. He was more upset than annoyed which is understandable, he just said we looked off it.’

Mawson went on to say that in many ways we played our best when we were one nil down, but having found the leveller we just couldn’t do enough to get our noses in front, and had we he felt it would’ve been justified overall, even though we know we can play better and playing better has to be the focus moving forward.

‘I don`t want to say it because it sounds like I`m biding time or making excuses. I want the best out of my team, they want the best out of me, we want the best out of each other. I don`t want to beg for too much time or make excuses, I want us to gel as fast as we can and it`s finding the right balance of doing things the right way and going forward with it. We`re not as experienced as other teams but that will come with games. Tommy Wright said to us we`ve got to learn to win ugly and that is a massive part of football.’

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