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Wolves or Globetrotters: Bristol City boss

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers (9) and Tomas Kalas of Bristol City (22) challenge for a header during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ashton Gate on February 17, 2019 in Bristol, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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According to Lee Johnson, there were at least three handballs in his team’s defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Ivan Cavaleiro scored today’s only goal to lift his team to a 1-0 victory over Bristol City in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

But for Bristol’s boss Lee Johnson, there were many irregularities during the match, including what he saw as three handballs from the Wolves.

“I did think it was handball for the goal,” he told Sky Sports.

“I wasn’t sure whether we were playing Wolves or the Harlem Globetrotters at one point! There were three handballs. The one that (Willy) Boly received from the goalkeeper as well.”

“The one that disappointed me was the goal. It was clear. Although it was a ricochet, it laid the ball perfectly into the path of (Matt) Doherty to square it into an area where we didn’t have players recovering,” he added.

“To be fair, they are a fiery bench and we are a fiery bench as well.”

“There was a bit of handbags. To be honest, I don’t actually know what started it. It’s nothing,” he continued.

“We have got to respect that Wolves are a fantastic side, full of energy, power, and quality, and I thought we really gave it a go.”

“In the first half, we were off the pace in comparison. Tactically, we didn’t get our game going, and the second half was the complete opposite,” the Bristol manager added.

“We showed character, charisma, and identity in the second half. It’s hurting that we are out of the cup because we felt that we had a chance.”

“But you have got to learn from defeats, and we take the positives, but we also understand where we are a little bit short at that level. We took a very good side right down to the wire,” Johnson concluded.