Johnson - Skipper was petulant
Bristol City boss Gary Johnson hit out at Jamie McCombe's 'petulance' for costing his side a result at Derby.
Last Updated: 26/09/09 10:52pm
Bristol City boss Gary Johnson hit out at captain Jamie McCombe's 'petulance' for costing his side a result at Derby County as Nigel Clough praised his side's persistence.
Visiting skipper McCombe was sent off early in the second half after picking up two bookings in as many minutes for fouls on Derby striker Rob Hulse.
Johnson was unhappy with the defender, and though he confirmed McCombe has apologised for his dismissal, he acknowledged it played a key role in the 1-0 defeat at Pride Park.
He said: "Over the years he's been a real stalwart for us and that's why he's captain, but today he was petulant and unprofessional.
"He needed to keep his wits about him and not get involved in any petulance, but he did.
"He's apologised and he will do because he's a decent lad, but obviously he's let his team-mates down today and he knows that."
However, despite creating some good early chances, two of which were spurned by on-loan striker Alvaro Saborio, Johnson conceded that Derby deserved the three points.
"I was disappointed that we weren't 1-0 up with the first attack, but I wouldn't take the victory away from Derby."
Gary Teale scored the winner for the Rams five minutes from time and manager Clough was relieved to secure the three points.
"We kept going and we kept playing and trying to do the right things," he said.
"If you've created chances for 85 minutes, you're going to keep creating them if you keep going.
"It is a relief of course, but it was deserved again.
"I thought the performance was very, very good indeed, but not too different to how we've played in recent weeks - it's just nice to get what we feel we deserve."