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Video: Cotterill Bemoans Missed Chances

Steve Cotterill was left ruing missed opportunities as Bristol City were on the receiving end of a surprise upset in the Capital One Cup first round at Luton Town.

The Sky Bet League Two hosts opened the scoring against the run of play when Jack Marriott turned sharply in the box and found the net on the stroke of half-time.

Paul Benson and Marriott added further goals in the space of four second-half minutes, before Callum Robinson marked his first City start with a 71st minute reply that ultimately proved in vain.

“It was similar to Saturday,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player HD. “We controlled the first half but then got into a bit of a tangle in the box with two of our centre-halves.

“In the second half we started on top again, but we’ve given away a silly second goal and then Aden (Flint) has slipped for the third.

“By the time the third one goes in it becomes a real uphill struggle. We needed to get another goal after we scored our goal very quickly to be really pushing at the end.

“We put enough balls in the box and across the face of goal but we need to be putting those chances away. If we’d have done that, we’d have won the game comfortably tonight.”

The boss admitted his double-winning team is taking time to get to grips with the new season.

Cotterill added: “We’ve got near enough the same players and yet we’ve gone from a team who looked like scoring every time they took to the field last year to a team who look like they’re struggling to find their feet.

“I’ve just had a quiet word with them because we need to get back to that and we need to get back to that quickly.

“At the moment we’ve just got to be mindful of the fact that they’re going through a bit of a tough time.

“They ran their socks off on Saturday and got beaten and they ran their socks off tonight and got beaten. We haven’t done anything different, we’ve just got to make sure we don’t get caught on the counter-attack.

“If we weren’t creating the chances I’d be a little bit more worried. We’re still disappointed because we always play to win and nothing will change there.”

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