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Posted Monday, December 17th 2018

'A good point from a positive performance' - O'Dowda

Saturday's goalscorer Callum O'Dowda reflected on deserved point as City extended their unbeaten run to four games.

The Republic of Ireland winger was in explosive form against Norwich City, constantly causing the Canaries problems out wide and took his goal well, which gave City a second-half lead.

Marco Stiepermann put Norwich ahead before Famara Diédhiou's sixth goal for the season brought thew hosts level in BS3. O'Dowda's strong strike put City in front but Max Aarons prodded the ball home late on.

Thoughts on the match:

"On reflection it was a good point, actually" O'Dowda told BCTV. 

"I don’t think they (Norwich) deserved the lead but they are top of the league for a reason.

"They can score goals out of the blue and it was a great finish [from Stiepermann]. It was then good to go in front but frustrating to concede late on. By the end we needed to see the game out because we were taking a lot of pressure. It was a positive performance but frustrating as well. 

"I thought it was [a great home display]. That’s a positive we can take from it. The gaffer was happy but disappointed to concede like I said but it was a good performance from us. We have taken on form recently and this was our last home game before Christmas. It’s good to play away because of our good away form. It will be tough a game at Derby but the boys will be ready."

Returning from illness

"I’ve been unlucky and I’m not 100 per cent but it’s nice to be back in the starting XI. I’ve been unlucky with my illnesses but I’m back now.

On his well-taken goal

"As soon as Marlon (Pack) got the ball it was the first thought in my head, I tried to run in behind and cause a threat. It was a great pass and the shot might have taken a deflection, but I didn’t really care to be honest!”

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