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Posted Saturday, September 29th 2018

Jamie McAllister praises Robins defence

Jamie McAllister saluted City’s defence after the Robins secured a point against Aston Villa in front of their biggest crowd of the season. 

And the assistant head coach believed a draw was “probably a fair result” after Josh Brownhill’s second goal of the season was cancelled out by Birkir Bjarnason minutes before the break.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, McAllister said: “Every point in the Championship is tough to win. Both teams were desperate for the win tonight. We had lost the two games and we were looking for a reaction and they reacted really well so that is a big positive. That was more like us tonight, more resilient, defending properly and creating chances. 

“I thought the back four as a whole were outstanding. They dealt with the top strikers in the division in my opinion in (Tammy) Abraham, (Jonathan) Kodjia, Grealish with (Albert) Adomah and (Yannick) Bolasie coming off the bench and Niki (Mäenpää) made some good saves as well.

“We felt that we could test their keeper more but our execution in the final pass wasn’t there.”

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And McAllister reflected positively on a result that keeps City in eighth place.

“I thought we started well, we came out of the traps, put them on the back foot and got a few chances. We got some great balls in the box and were an inch or two away,” he told BCTV.

“We got the goal –  it was a great finish by Browny – but to concede in the last minute of the first half the way we did was very frustrating.

“We have got to have a little bit more nouse than that. We haven’t got to see out the game, won’t give a free-kick away and if you do then we have to defend it with your life and make sure we go in one-nil up. But that happens in football and it’s how you react.

“They started the second half better than us and probably had the momentum from the goal. But went and caused them a few problems, got balls in the box and a few corners and one cleared off the line.

“Bringing on Pato (Jamie Paterson), Marley (Watkins) and Fam (Diedhiou) shows we definitely have quality throughout the squad and the subs have been making an impact in games recently.

“I think a draw was probably a fair result over the 90 odd minutes. It’s just unfortunate that we didn’t get the three points.”

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