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Video: Cotterill Perplexed By Burnley Defeat

Steve Cotterill was left reflecting on another positive Bristol City performance not rewarded by a positive result after Burnley profited from two set-piece goals at Ashton Gate.

The home team were the dominant force only to be caught out by two David Jones corners, as Ben Mee and Michael Keane scored headed goals within the space of seven first-half minutes.

Jonathan Kodjia’s stoppage-time consolation proved too little too late, leaving the manager perplexed by an outcome his players did not deserve.

“How we haven’t won the game today I don’t know,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player HD. “Two mistakes have cost us.

“I thought we were the better team, but I don’t want to keep saying it.

“We don’t want to have nearly 200 passes more than them and have 60% possession to their 40%; we don’t want to have more attempts on goal and more on target and not win.

“The lads played well today and I feel quite down for them that they haven’t got anything out of the game.”

Cotterill admitted his players are getting punished “for every mistake” in the Sky Bet Championship.

“We made a wrong decision before the first corner to throw the ball out when we should’ve kept hold of it because Luke Ayling was going to get pressed,” he added. “Then they got a corner and we got outjumped at the corner.

“For the second goal it’s not very often Aden (Flint) will get beaten on a corner, but unfortunately today he did.

“We’ve still got to do better after that – I still think there are saves that could’ve been made as well.

“The first goal didn’t actually affect our play. It didn’t disrupt us too much and we kept going.

“But the second one flattened us a little bit just before half-time and you can understand that, because they’re only a young group of boys who are getting burned for every little mistake that they make.”

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