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Manager Reflects On Birmingham Defeat

Steve Cotterill cut a frustrated figure after seeing his side beaten 4-2 at Birmingham City despite spending much of the game on the front foot.

City were always chasing their Midlands hosts, who led 2-0 and 3-1 before Jonathan Kodjia twice pulled the visitors back to within striking distance.
But Cotterill was left lamenting the penalty decision that allowed Clayton Donaldson to complete a first-half hat-trick when Aaron Wilbraham was penalised for allegedly impeding Jon Toral, just moments after Marlon Pack had struck the post in search of an equaliser.
“I suppose it’s a similar story – one of frustration,” the boss told Bristol City Player HD.
“We’ve got to take our chances, because we’ve created enough of them.
“We’re disappointed with the decisions against us today. No matter how many times you look at it, it’s never a penalty in a million years.
“The linesman is there and he’s looking at it, but he jogs back off because he knows it’s going to be a goal kick. It’s a dreadful decision and it’s a game changing decision.”
Donaldson had previously pounced twice from close range, while Jonathan Grounds wrapped up the points with a header from a corner 12 minutes from time.
“We’ve given away a couple of sloppy goals and we know that,” Cotterill admitted. “It’s been a bit of a problem for us that we need to put right.
“We’ve had enough of the ball and dominated possession, but we’ve got to make sure we turn that into goals.
“Some of the football we’ve played again today was excellent, but it’s all to no avail. We know that we’ve got to start getting some points on the board.
“I thought this would happen to us a few times, but we’ve got to rid ourselves of that. It looked like we’d forgotten the problems that we had before the international break.”