Warriors Shaun Johnson upset with silly errors

SARAH HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 14/04/2014

New Coach, Andrew McFadden is disappointed with the weekend's result but sees plenty of positive signs for the season.

Shaun Johnson
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OFF TARGET: Shaun Johnson's two missed conversions cost the Warriors in their one-point loss to the Bulldogs at Eden Park.

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If there was a more disappointed man in the Warriors' changing sheds than Shaun Johnson last night you would have been hard pressed to find him.

Johnson missed two conversions in his side's 20-21 loss against the Bulldogs in Auckland and those missed points were crucial.

He certainly had the support of the 22,000 strong crowd who did not shy away from cheering for Johnston and who were even louder in their denunciation of his Bulldogs' counterpart Trent Hodkinson.

Hodkinson, though, seemed to have the radar on and kicked a field goal which put his side in front in the final minutes, having already slotted three conversions and a penalty goal.

Johnson was almost spitting tacks after the game, but only at himself, and said the intent was there but some of the basic skills were not.

"After what we dished out last week [against the Sharks] we didn't need too much motivation. Obviously a lot happened during the week off the field and we just wanted to go out and play footy."

Johnson's emotion summed up how much this team wanted to win, to prove to their new coach Andrew McFadden what they could do.

"We could have been a lot better and that's probably the most disappointing thing. Our intent was there but just the basics - not holding the ball, silly errors at crucial times - we had a number of chances to close out that game and we just didn't.

"I have got to take a lot of responsibility for that being the halfback, I am really pissed off with myself too. My goal kicking was absolute crap, I have got a lot to work on."

Johnson said he expected this week to be short, sharp and torrid. The Warriors take on the Dragons on Saturday night in Sydney.

"We will rip in next week. There are some pretty angry dudes in the team at the moment. I'm pretty sure they are going to bring it come [tomorrow] for training."

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