Bristol City manager Lee Johnson was critical of the officials after his side had a goal disallowed for offside in this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Andreas Weimann headed in from an Niclas Eliasson cross just before the half hour but the goal was chalked off by match referee Scott Duncan after his assistant had flagged to signal that the player was in an offside position.

When speaking to The72 after the match, Johnson claimed that the officials had made the wrong decision in disallowing the goal.

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Johnson said “I thought the key match decisions were huge today and they went against us.

“We scored a perfectly good goal, it was onside, at least half a yard but more like a yard and the decision cost us.

“At this level, you would expect to have quality officials but unfortunately, we felt two or three key match decisions as well as six or seven that weren’t key match decisions have cost us.”

Despite being defeated by Aston Villa at Villa Park, Johnson was not looking to criticise any aspect of his side’s game with The Robins continuing to occupy a play-off place in the Sky Bet Championship.

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He added “It was always going to be a difficult game against a team which are absolutely bang in form.

“Villa have a fantastic squad which is full of prized assets and two or three of them weren’t even available today.

“It was a great win for them given the form which we are in.

“We will keep going, I’m immensely proud of what the players have done already and it’s in our hands to achieve what we want to achieve.”

Bristol City are back in action on Good Friday when Reading are the visitors to Ashton Gate.

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