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Kalas calls on City’s mentality to bounce back

City captain Tomas Kalas says City “have a strong mentality to react positively” as they look to bounce back from Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth.

Arnaut Danjuma pounced in the 81st minute to gift the home side all three points, after City had dominated the first half but were unable to find the breakthrough.

Kalas himself saw a header cleared off the line, while Asmir Begović expertly denied Tyreeq Bakinson and Famara Diédhiou saw a shot deflected on to the post in a flurry of close calls on the South Coast.

 

Kalas told Robins TV: “We played 80 minutes quite well and in the first half there was only one team on the pitch. In the second half we allowed them to play their own style, we made it difficult for ourselves and we should have come away with a point as we move on to Saturday.

“It’s a difficult opponent to play against with so much experience and they showed that at the end compared to us, and that quality to score.”

As already noted, City had created a host of chances but it was the finishing touch which evaded them at the Vitality Stadium, as the Robins fell to their second Sky Bet Championship loss of the season.

However, Kalas has urged his teammates to regroup and rekindle the form seen in the opening stages of the campaign.

He said: “I believe we always create the chances with the quality we have, it’s about whether we will take them or not. This time we didn’t and last time against Swansea we could have scored more. We got no goals against Middlesbrough so it will be difficult if we don’t take our chances, but if we concede goals it will be difficult as well. We need to settle down to get everything working back together as it was at the start of the season.

“Every team will get into the position where they struggle and we might be in that now. It’s about how we react to that and I believe we have a strong mentality in the team to react positively.”

And their next opportunity to show a reaction comes less than 72 hours later against Norwich City, leaving little time for Kalas and the squad to feel sorry for themselves.

“You don’t get a chance to dwell on one result so that is helpful and positive,” the centre-back continued. “You have to forget about one or two bad results and keep focussing. You could suddenly go on a run of three wins in a week and you’ll forget about the week where you gained only one point.”

Saturday’s match versus the Canaries will be live streamed for free to Season Card Holders via Robins TV. It will not be available to non-Season Card Holders as the match has been selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports.

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