By Mark Smith

16th Feb, 2020 | 10:00am

'Unbelievably bad' - Lee Johnson left raging over 'ridiculous' figure in 1-0 defeat v Leeds

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson was left raging over referee Tim Robinson’s decision not to hand his side a penalty in the 1-0 defeat against Leeds United on Saturday.

Luke Ayling appeared to handle the ball when blocking a ball into the box towards the end of the clash, something that was quickly waved away by the officials at Elland Road.

Johnson was left spitting feathers after the full-time whistle, claiming that Ayling had clearly handled the ball in his own area.

“It’s an unbelievably bad decision from the referee, the penalty,” he told Leeds Live.

“It’s 100 per cent a penalty. Ayling’s handball. When all the press and the fans and anybody watches that you will see that.

“The referee has to get that right in a game as big as this one. Not just the referee, but his assistant and his fourth official that’s looking right down the barrel as we are.

“When you see it on video it’s ridiculous how it’s not a penalty.”

It did look a dubious decision on the replays, but let’s be honest, it’s about time that Leeds were not on the receiving end of a controversial officiating decision this season.

Should Bristol have been given the penalty, the game would have ended 1-1 – one that would have been the most underserved point in recent history.

Just looking at Sofa Score’s attacking momentum graph proves that the away side never once had a sustained spell of pressure and that Leeds were always on the front foot.

Johnson may look back at this one with some sadness, but even he admitted after those comments that Leeds deserved the three points on an afternoon that could kickstart the Whites’ run towards automatic promotion – fingers crossed.

In other Leeds United news, Liam Lawrence has claimed it was written for this Whites star to have a standout performance on Saturday