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James Crawley

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Posted Saturday, December 30th 2017

A missed opportunity - Wright

Bailey Wright spoke of a mixture of emotions after Wolves stunned Ashton Gate with a last gasp 2-1 winner.

Bobby Reid opened the scoring before Barry Douglas equalised with a free kick. Both sides were reduced to ten men by this point after Danny Batth and Frank Fielding received their marching orders.

Ryan Bennett headed home the late winner as Wolves completed the dramatic fightback to steal all three points on Saturday night, in front of the Sky cameras.

It was only City's fourth defeat of the season, but the game presented a chance to bridge the gap on the Sky Bet Championship leaders to five points.

Skipper Wright said: "It was a bit of a missed opportunity and frustration. It was game of a few emotions because we thought we looked quite comfortable and them found ourselves at 1-1 and 2-1 down in the last minute.

"Obviously there are some things we could have avoided but we've done that to other sides and scored late winners so it's not nice to be on the receiving end of it. It hurts but we'll use that to our advantage and take it with us into the game against Aston Villa.

PART AND PARCEL OF FOOTBALL

"We will do what we have done all season. This isn't our first defeat. It's part and parcel of football and here in two days' time we have another opportunity so we will go back out there, do what we love and get back to winning ways.

"We wanted to win and you could see we tried to go and win it, even at 1-1, but unfortunately for us it wasn't to be.

"Wolves are a good side. We played some good football at times and were maybe the better team but it wasn't to be.

"I felt comfortable at 1-0 and with their man sent off but we all know football can change at the click of your fingers and unfortunately we had Frankie (Frank Fielding) sent off which is tough. It's part of football, it happens and the game changed from there."

WE'RE ALL HURTING

He added: "We have been brilliant all season, picked ourselves up and creating a good atmosphere. We're all hurting right now but we'll be hungry and raring to back out on the pitch.

"We'll take the positives from the game, and there were positives. I know we didn't come away with three points but we played good football. There are things we probably didn't do enough of.

"Wolves are a good side, they are the league leaders for a reason. They have been consistent this season and our aim is to catch them. Tonight was a missed opportunity to do that but we go again on Monday.

HEADING INTO THE NEW YEAR

"We've been going in the right direction. I wouldn't say it has been brilliant, we'll see at the end of the season but the way we have gone about our business has been first class. Our attitude, the way we come in every day and apply ourselves in every game.

"That's why we have put ourselves in a good position to kick on and go even further. It's important to do those things that have brought us success so far but we'll be judged where we finish the season. We're a long way from that.

"We need to take each game as it comes and keep doing the right things and I am sure we will.

"We set high standards, we demand off each other and we have created a culture that's enjoyable to be a part of and that will be like that when we take on Aston Villa."

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