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‘We must build on the positives tonight’ – Bakinson

Tyreeq Bakinson felt City deserved more after late heartbreak at Ashton Gate saw AFC Bournemouth steal all three points.

The midfielder’s header put City in front as they began to dominate play in the first half before a Dan Bentley own goal meant there was nothing to separate the sides at half-time.

An even contest followed but Cameron Carter-Vickers was in the right place as the ball struck the Cherries man on its way into the net inside the 88th minute to ensure the Bournemouth win.

“Obviously it’s disappointing not to win the game or get any points but I thought it was a good performance and something to build on for the next game,” Bakinson told Robins TV.

“The boys in the changing room are disappointed but the performance against a good side is something positive to take and build on.”

Bakinson headed City in front

Bakinson met Jack Hunt’s cross to put the Robins ahead - his second goal in City colours and came about as he gambled to get forward more often on the night.

He explained: “I was playing a more advanced position in midfield so as the ball went wide I wanted to get into the box and try to get a goal. Credit to Hunty as well for the great ball and I tried to head it towards goal.”

Bakinson also came to the defence of his goalkeeper Bentley, who was frustrated when he was unable to keep out a whipped ball from Junior Stanislas, parrying the ball into his own net on the stroke of half-time.

Dan Bentley suffered an uncharacteristic mistake on Wednesday night

“He’s one of our teammates so of course we rallied around him,” said Bakinson. “In loads of games, as everyone’s seen, he’s helped us out with some amazing saves so it’s a one-off mistake and we’ll get behind our teammates regardless.”

Battles in the box

Now the side look to bounce back against QPR on Saturday, as they go in search of a first win at Ashton Gate since January.

But it’s not a run of concern as Bakinson believes in the squad’s ability and they are looking to do a league double after the 2-1 win at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium back in December.

He said: “We’re just taking every game as they come and build on every game with the new manager and the players we have. Hopefully we can get the three points on the weekend.

“Every game is different and we take each as they come. Hopefully we can use that (December’s win) as some confidence to go into the game ready for three points.”

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Next up for City is Saturday's home matches versus QPR.

The match will be streamed live on Robins, with the matchday show from 2.30pm.

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