Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has admitted that unavailability issues affected the starting lineup that he chose to field away to Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup third round replay.
BristolLive reported from Johnson’s post-match press conference following the shock 1-0 defeat away to the League One outfit.
Johnson said: “Han-Noah Massengo wasn’t well and had a sickness bug, Korey Smith has a dead leg and Marley Watkins is going to be out for a while with a calf injury.
“So unfortunately, this little spell has cost us in terms of injuries but that’s why we need to do a little bit of business in the market and hopefully we can.”
The Robins were forced to field a side that had been hit by injuries across the past few days, with central midfielders Han-Noah Massengo being struck ill, as well as Korey Smith picking up a dead leg against Wigan at the weekend and Marley Watkins injuring his calf in the same game.
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That meant Adam Nagy and Jamie Paterson were thrown into the starting lineup, as well as Josh Brownhill who had just overcome a bruised foot in time to participate against the Shrews.
Matters got worse for the Robins during the game as well, when centre-back Nathan Baker picked up a groin injury and was forced to hobble off 39 minutes in, Taylor Moore going on in his place.
During the game, Aaron Pierre struck for Shrewsbury with just minutes to go, as the hosts booked their place in the next round with a home tie against Liverpool.
Johnson was forced to deal with the hand that he was dealt for City’s trip to Shrewsbury.
Bristol City did well against their lower league opponents with a changed side, however Johnson will be naturally disappointed that a strong Robins side was unable to make it through to the fourth round and face Liverpool at home.