Johnson blasts `unprofessional' McCombe

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Bristol City boss Gary Johnson labelled his skipper as ``petulant and unprofessional'' as Jamie McCombe's red card handed the initiative to Derby County, who ended their run of four straight defeats with a late Gary Teale strike sealing the contest.

With the numerical advantage Derby dominated, but couldn't find the crucial breakthrough until the 85th minute as Teale attacked a back-stepping City defence from the left-wing and found the back of the net with a well-struck right-foot shot, much to the relief of the lions' share of over 27,000 fans.

And Johnson said: ``Over the years he's been a real stalwart for us and that's why he's captain, but he was petulant and unprofessional."

He added: ``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 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.''

Rams boss Nigel Clough was impressed with the tenacious attitude of his players. He said: "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.''

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