MARK Warburton’s side suffered a late 2-1 defeat at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, with former striker Nahki Wells sealing the victory for visitors Bristol City.
Chris Martin gave the Robins the lead late on in the first half, but Sam McCallum’s second strike in as many games gave the R’s a route back into the clash. However, after a number of home chances, Wells struck late on to snatch all three points for City.
Following the game, Warburton discussed the key talking points.
Overall assessment of game
“Frustrating is a very polite way of putting how I feel right now.
“We gave away a very soft goal before half-time, we knew we dominated possession and created a lot more chances, which I think you saw in the second half, we obviously got the goal early in the half and we looked in good shape.
“I think if you look at the stats we had 26 shots, 11 on target but we must be more ruthless in front of goal.
“We can talk about the chances, but you have to put the ball in the back of the net and make sure we are defensively solid behind, a slip happened and then Nahki is a good finisher. It’s the fine margins - we have been very good for long periods during the second half, like we were at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
“We dominated for 30-35 minutes and looked very good, as a team we are creating so many chances which is a positive aspect for us, but we have to make sure we get our rewards, and it has cost us today.”
“The goal we scored was a scruffy one and the 'keeper has pulled off some fine saves, but when we create that many chances and that many clear-cut opportunities, we have to recognise the need to be ruthless as a team.
“We are up against professional athletes, Nahki got his chance and took it. We have been very good, we went to Hull, Middlesbrough and Reading and scored three, we have created chances and taken our rewards, but today we dipped our standards in terms of the final product.”
“There are a lot of points to play for, the biggest worry for me is if we are playing like that and not creating chances, not getting bodies in the box and not making the right decisions. But I think it’s fair to say we are the opposite to that, we are creating chances, we have to be defensively solid on the ball and make sure our shape is maintained.
“But we are good side going forward and on a different day we could have scored five or six, that’s the nature of football.”