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O’Dowda shines light on City’s winning mentality

Callum O’Dowda’s influential display helped City come from behind to beat QPR 2-1 on Tuesday night.

He hailed the team’s belief to dig deep even when they aren’t at their best, with City needing to find a way and nullify the Hoops in the second half.

They did just that with Ádám Nagy netting the winner five minutes after the restart in a half where City managed to control the home side.

The R’s had taken the lead through Rob Dickies before Nahki Wells equalised five minutes before the interval after the hosts had been on top.

A tweak at the break, including Tommy Rowe replacing Jay Dasilva, allowed City to gain more control and after Nagy pounced, ultimately they did enough to seal the three points.

“You always want a reaction from everyone,” O’Dowda explained, as City got back to winning ways after defeat to Reading just days earlier.

“Sometimes a knock can be a blessing in disguise because if we look at ourselves, we know we haven’t played to the best we can but we have been getting results and points here and there. That’s the winning mentality of the team, it’s what we’re about: that we can get results when we’re not playing well. From the second half we definitely deserved the three points tonight so I’m really happy."

O'Dowda was a threat all evening

O’Dowda’s strong performance was key and he played a pivotal role in both goals. It was his cross which set up Wells’ leveller, while his cutback after a powerful run down the left was steered into Nagy’s path via Wells.

“I’m really pleased,” said the Republic of Ireland international. “It was difficult to get going in the first half, the way we pressed we weren’t all together or in-sync so it was tough. But it’s how we’ve played this season, we’ve still found ways to get things from games and Nahki popped up with a goal. That’ll be frustrating for QPR but at half-time we spoke about cutting out the issues which were causing us problems.

“There was a much better reaction in the second half. I think the way we setup frustrated them and we killed them on the counter-attack. I’m delighted for Ádám as well for his goal.”

But O’Dowda will also be pleased with his own display as he aims to push on and help the team advance as much as possible. Consistency comes from regular game time and the midfielder is relishing the minutes in what is a relentless point in the season.

O'Dowda battles for the ball with QPR's Yoann Barbet

O’Dowda continued”: “It’s what I want to do and I know I have a lot to offer in terms of the physical side to the game, it’s what I want to do week in, week out and I thank the manager for having faith in me to play these games. It’s tough to go Saturday-Tuesday but everyone has to do it.

“We know the importance of every game. You can’t go into each one as it being just another game. These points will be massively important come the end of the season so I’m really happy with the team performance.”

The 2-1 win at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium was the perfect reaction after Saturday’s defeat at Reading, and exactly what Holden had called for in the run-up to the match.

Now the group will take confidence when they return to Ashton Gate to face Birmingham City on Saturday (December 5th, 3pm KO).

O’Dowda said: “It’ll be another tough one so rest will be important now. It’s still strange not having fans but we still feel their energy pre and post-match so keeping going!”

City next face Birmingham City at Ashton Gate on Saturday, December 5th (3pm KO) with the game exclusively live on Robins TV for just £10.

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