Bristol City Boss Reveals What Left Him “Scratching His Head” After Defeat

Bristol City boss Liam Manning admitted he was frustrated to lose 2-1 at home to Norwich City despite his side’s “dominance” during the match.

This game at Ashton Gate was Manning’s fourth in charge since leaving Oxford United in second-place in League One to take over from Nigel Pearson at the beginning of November. However, the young coach has picked up just one victory which came in a five-goal thriller at home last week against Middlesbrough.

The Robins took the lead in the 34th-minute through Republic of Ireland international Jason Knight and went in one goal to the good at the interval. However, a George Tanner own goal right before the hour mark levelled the game for the visitors.

It seemed as though each team were going to share the spoils until Adam Idah scored six minutes into stoppage time to earn all three points for the Canaries, the third victory in four games for David Wagner’s side.

The win put Norwich City above Bristol City in the table, with Manning’s men now sitting 14th, five points off the final playoff place.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Manning expressed his disappointment with the result and revealed he has been left baffled by how City lost the game in the end [quotes via Bristol Live]:

“I’m still scratching my head a little bit, to be honest. We spoke about it at half-time, it’s the little bits; if you don’t get the little bits right they tend to lead to bigger things.

“It’s frustrating when you come away with nothing and the bare minimum you should come away with is a point, given the control and the dominance for 70 minutes throughout the game,” Manning continued.

“We have to change it in the group, I think there’s a little bit of history in terms of slow starts. I was disappointed in the first 10 minutes, first half and second half.

“I don’t think there’s any point hiding from that in terms of what we need to do to get better, being brave, it’s a real strength. I didn’t want to be too positive at half-time because I wanted us to come out a little fired up. We have to get better.”

Writer’s View

This is a really disappointing loss for everyone at the club, having been one nil up at one stage and losing the game in such dramatic fashion. Nevertheless, Manning will be the most disappointed in the manner of the defeat given his players couldn’t cling on for another few seconds to take something from the match.

Bristol City certainly did have dominance, nonetheless, boasting 61 percent of the possession share and having 15 shots to the opposition’s 12 so perhaps Manning and co can feel somewhat aggrieved not to claim at least one point.

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