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Video: Cotterill Rues Defensive Lapses

Steve Cotterill admitted his side “lacked thrust” in the final third as they were beaten 2-0 by Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the 2015/16 campaign.

Second-half goals from Tom Lees and Lewis McGugan condemned City to defeat on their return to the Sky Bet Championship.

City had a chance from Wes Burns cleared off the line just before the killer second goal, but in any case Cotterill believes his side weren’t good enough in attack on the day.

He told Bristol City Player HD: “We’ll need to defend corners better and ensure we don’t get done on the counter attack.

“We work hard on our set-pieces, for and against, so we’re disappointed with that first goal – we gave that to them.

“It was a little bit too much today for the new boys and also some of the boys who are not quite back up to speed yet.

“Our wing-backs today, whoever played there, didn’t do well enough and neither did our strikers. As for everything else, the football was there.

“We showed we can play good football at this level but in those times, we can’t get done with soppy goals.

“However, overall we lacked thrust in the final third from our wing-back roles, which makes a difference, and this league is also about your strikers scoring goals.”

Joe Bryan limped out of the game just after the half hour, forcing City to switch new boy Ryan Fredericks to left wing-back, with Wes Burns taking over on the right.

Cotterill said of the injured Bryan: “He got hit on the side but his knee buckled. We’re a bit bothered about that at the moment.”

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