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Video: Manager Admits City Were Not At Their Best

Steve Cotterill admitted his team were not at their best after Reading ran out 2-0 winners at Ashton Gate.

Early goals from Nick Blackman and Garath McCleary in the space of five first-half minutes gave the Royals a foothold in the game they never looked like letting slip.

The City boss conceded his team lacked their usual energy following back-to-back away trips to Birmingham City and Preston North End, and never recovered from Blackman’s ninth minute opener.

“I thought we started the game really well, as we did the other night, but the goals have affected us today,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player HD.

“The first one is a tight one but it’s offside, and it’s given them a lift in a game that we’d started better than them.

“That’s the disappointing thing – we’ve given the opposition a start, which we’ve done too many times this season.

“From then on I don’t think we properly got into our stride. It looked like our third game in a week and we didn’t have that zip in us that we normally have. We couldn’t get going and that was disappointing.

“The attacks were too sporadic and not intense enough. We looked tired and we couldn’t get that spring in our step we almost always have.”

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