Lee Johnson was left disappointed after ‘human error’ condemned his Bristol City side to a third successive defeat.
Bristol City had been in the top six for the majority of the season, but have recently fallen out of the play-off places after a run of three consecutive losses.
The Robins’ most recent loss came on Sunday when they went down 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday. However, the game was marred by a questionable refereeing decision late on, that gave Barry Bannan the opportunity to break the deadlock from the penalty spot – he did – and it turned out to be the winning goal.
Johnson has expressed how tough it was for his side to take, and has claimed that the decision was human error.
Talking to Robins TV, Johnson said: “It’s tough to take because it’s human error (the decision). There’s no doubt we weren’t absolutely cosmic today but we were resolute and we did defend extremely well. To be done by a third party on the day is really disappointing and hard to take, particularly when it makes it the third loss on the spin.”
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Bristol City will feel like they’ve been hard done by after they thought that they had battled superbly to a point on Sunday. Johnson will have seen the decision back numerous times, and will probably still be wondering how and why the referee gave a penalty.
Now, the Robins have lost three consecutive games and are in potential free fall as everyone heads into the second-half of the Championship campaign. They have to bounce back, and do so as soon as possible, and there’ll be no better opportunity than when they take on a Charlton side winless in 11.
If Bristol City have real play-off ambitions about them, then they have to have a successful Christmas and make sure they’re in the top six come January.