Following the FA Cup draw with Shrewsbury Town at home on Saturday, manager Lee Johnson has admitted that he wanted to see more from his Robins side in the tie.
Speaking to BristolLive, Johnson said: “Well, I think credit obviously to Shrewsbury in terms of, I think it was a spell, a perception if you like that’s built up over a couple of spells, one in the first half, one in the second half where we gave two or three square ones away and it always looks worse.
“I think they play a very good formation in terms of, particularly away from home, similar to the way that Millwall played against us, big strong boys in the middle of the goal, deep and then narrow with their midfield four and then counter-attack so it can be difficult to break down.
“You’ve got to be fluid and I just felt today that we looked like we need a rest and I think mentally and physically, it’s been a lot for the boys and I think it was one of those when Shrewsbury didn’t play last week because I think they must’ve been due to play Bury, it was one of those, you were like ‘oh for God’s sake’ do you know what I mean?
“It all seems to be going against us with little things like that and it gave them a good 10 days to prepare for what effectively is a very important mini cup final for them so was I happy?
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“I’m happy that we’re in the hat, I think that that’s the best I can say in terms of I’m desperate for individual performances to show more belief than they did and I was expecting two or three to maybe enjoy the game a little bit more and be a little bit more enthusiastic in their body language and communication and their talking for the game because clearly there are places up for grabs going into the Wigan game which of course is very important for us as well.”
Shrewsbury then equalised through midfielder Sean Goss on the stroke of half-time, as he netted with a cool finish which went in off the inside of the post.
Returning midfielder Kasey Palmer, who was being linked with a move to Swansea City before the game, twice went close, but visiting keeper Joe Murphy kept him out twice as he tipped his volley round the post for a corner, before pushing his header from the resultant corner away.
Josh Laurent then went close 22 minutes from time, but his effort struck the woodwork and bounced to safety.
The latest result for the Robins sees them getting one win from the last six games in all competitions.
A win against Shrewsbury could have been enough for the Robins to get themselves back on track and take the momentum into their league form, but they looked slightly lacklustre and off the pace against their visitors.
Lee Johnson will be demanding much more from his side against Shrewsbury when they have to travel there in the replay, and he will be expecting them to be much better than what they were at Ashton Gate.