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Johnson: We’ve got to show a more complete set of performances

25 November 2023


Johnson: We’ve got to show a more complete set of performances

25 November 2023

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Manager Lee Johnson spoke to the media after his side suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Stevenage, in their return to League One action after the international break.

Despite creating several good opportunities and dominating for large periods, Town were left to rue their missed chances, with an early Jamie Reid strike and counter-attacking goals from Ben Thompson and Elliott List earning Steve Evans’ side all three points.

Here’s what the gaffer had to say after the game…

On today’s result….

“(It’s) really disappointing. We can’t keep giving teams head starts. We need to show a lot more pitch personality than in the early stages. We were alright today, in the majority of our play and box-to-box we were quite fluid in possessions, and we moved the ball well.

“We lacked a bit of quality in the final third on several occasions. We got into some great areas and either didn’t pick somebody out, couldn’t finish, or didn’t quite have the composure levels we’ve had in recent weeks to be able to be clinical.

“We’ve got to show a more complete set of performances, the 96-minute performance."

Reflecting on key areas of the game….

“Danny Mayor’s chance he finishes that 99 times out of 100, a player of his quality. I thought they blocked and managed the middle of the box extremely well.

"(It) “Effectively comes down to winning the boxes, which is what we didn’t do. We probably won the sort of thirds if you like, building into the boxes but what we didn’t win was the boxes.

“I think even Steve Evans would probably admit we could’ve had two or three today. 

Phoenix Patterson’s impressive recent form….

“I thought (Phoenix Patterson) was a leader for us today. He had a pitch personality, he’s been good, and he’s had an attitude to turn and drive forward.

“I thought Patterson was excellent for us in his dynamics. He’s got a great low centre of gravity, he’s got really good set play delivery. I’ve been happy with him, he should be pleased with himself as well.

Looking ahead to Wigan on Tuesday….

“We respect it’s a tough game, but at the same time we’re a very good side and we’ve got some very good individuals. I think we’ve shown that at times in this run and now we’ve got the opportunity to start a new run.

“They’ll probably be a little bit more fear going into the game, which then sharpens people’s minds and then sharpens their actions - that’s what we need to be able to do at home.

“We’ve got some good footballers in the team, some good athletes, we’re struggling a little bit with our injuries at the moment. We’ve got to make sure that we manage them well."

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