LJ POST SHREWSBURY



Lee Johnson spoke to the press after his side’s inept performance against Shrewsbury…


“It’s mega-disappointing. I think the boys are sat in there and maybe believe we were good enough to get a draw, but I’m not so sure myself. I didn’t think we started well enough in terms of our combination play and passing detail. We got our noses in front with a goal which was a really good goal, a great finish, and at that point you’re hoping the lads settle a little bit. But I didn’t think we did settle, they showed quite a lot of hustle and we lost too many duels in the middle of the pitch.”


“Individual errors of course have cost us again. But I think it was on the back of to many lost duels, and too many times they skipped by us in the middle of the pitch. I think there’s a bit of a slight soft underbelly. I haven’t been here that long, but you’re looking to manage those moments in the game. Sometimes it’s quality, sometimes it’s that one that makes the big tackle that sets everybody off. I just thought communication wise, physical contact wise, we were just a bit timid.”

Johnson also admitted that he dropped Lee Burge to give Remi Matthews a game, but the keeper cost us the game. He said: “There was no injury to Lee. I just made a selection decision. It was a difficult one, what do you do now? When I came in, I stuck with Burgey because that was the consistent thing to do, with a back four, both goalkeepers have kept clean sheets. You need a strong goalkeeper, I think your goalkeeper is a bit of a spiritual leader in terms of their presence and psychology. Remi will be disappointed today that he has made a couple of errors but at least he has owned up to it, he has held his hand up, and that for me is very, very important because then you can rebuild and go again.”


Jordan Willis has ruptured his Patellar (knee tendon). It's doubtful he'll play again this season... He's struggled with his Patellar for some time, but tonight it went... “We lost Jordan early and that looks a really bad one,” Johnson said. "We feel for him massively. It looks like he’s ruptured his patellar, which would be a bad one. Obviously, we won’t know until we’ve had a proper look. That’s worst-case scenario, but it seems that way. That’s a big loss.”


LJ also discussed Louis-Dreyfus’ appearance at Shrewsbury: “We’ve been in contact, but obviously I’ve been in contact with him ever since it was publicly known. I’m really looking forward to working with him. It’s what the club needs. It will give everybody a boost, and the quicker they can get it over the line, the better.”