Robins’ rep­e­ti­tion haunts Lee

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Richard Latham

LEE John­son de­scribed it as ‘Ground­hog Day’ as City slipped to a sixth de­feat in seven Cham­pi­onship games.

The young head coach was in­con­solable af­ter an 85th minute win­ner from Daniel John­son had given Pre­ston the points ahead of their play­ers’ Christ­mas party in the evening.

John­son said: “I can only apol­o­gise to our fans for our cur­rent run of form. We are hurt­ing for them and Christ­mas is can­celled as far as I am con­cerned.

“It is like Ground­hog Day be­cause the same se­quence of events is con­tin­u­ally re­peat­ing on us.

“In the first 20 min­utes some of the foot­ball we played was fan­tas­tic, but we don’t score and then con­cede a re­ally poor goal.

“Af­ter that play­ers who were per­form­ing at eights and nines sud­denly dipped to fives and sixes.

“Then we man­aged to get our­selves back into the game with an equaliser, but still couldn’t see it out.

“I feel like I have run over a black cat be­cause we should have had a first-half penalty.

“De­ci­sions have been go­ing against us re­cently. But enough is enough and tweaks need to be made.

“We need a cou­ple of sign­ings in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow to help the group.”

Pre­ston striker Si­mon Makienok was left un­marked in the cen­tre of goal to vol­ley home Cal­lum Robin­son’s right-wing cross on 21 min­utes.

City had dom­i­nated the open­ing ex­changes and looked set to earn a spot-kick when Tammy Abra­ham went down un­der a sev­enth-minute chal­lenge from Tom Clarke.

The young Chelsea loa­nee did his best to stay on his feet and ref­eree Si­mon Hooper waved play on.

Pre­ston took con­trol af­ter Makienok’s goal and could have been fur­ther in front by the break, Robin­son hit­ting the cross­bar when he should have scored.

But Abra­ham also struck the wood­work in the sec­ond half and it seemed City would take at least a point when sub­sti­tute Aaron Wil­bra­ham rose at the far post to head in an Adam Matthews cross 12 min­utes from time.

John­son had other ideas, mak­ing room for a shot from a nar­row an­gle on the right of the six-yard box, which ap­peared to take a de­flec­tion.

Young City keeper Ivan Lu­cic an­tic­i­pated a cross and was beaten on his near post.

Pre­ston boss Si­mon Grayson said: “We have had a good week, with seven points from nine avail­able and two good away per­for­mances.

“Bris­tol City came out of the traps fast and we had to weather the storm. We were un­der the cosh, but we got through it and the first goal was al­ways go­ing to be im­por­tant.

“It was a great ball in from Cal­lum Robin­son and an ex­cel­lent fin­ish by Si­mon Makienok. Af­ter that I felt we looked com­fort­able un­til they equalised.

“A lot of char­ac­ter was shown to win the game from then on. We had bet­ter chances than our win­ning goal.

“I’m not sure how the ball went in, but I’m de­lighted for the fans and the re­sult keeps us mov­ing for­ward.

“Christ­mas al­ways means a quick turn­around of games, but we go into it with mo­men­tum.

“We won’t get ahead of our­selves and have some tough matches com­ing up, but we will en­joy the next few days.”

PIC­TURES: JMP

WIN­NER: Daniel John­son cel­e­brates his goal for Pre­ston

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