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🎥 'We weren't good enough' - Bentley

Captain Dan Bentley says City’s mistakes proved costly in a 2-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth.

The Cherries scored twice in the first half, through strikes from Jamal Lowe and Jordan Zemura.

AFC Bournemouth were much the better side in possession and carved out a number of opportunities in the second half but saw efforts dragged wide while Jay Dasilva blocked a Dominic Solanke shot off the line.

Bentley told Robins TV: “We can’t perform like we did in the first half, against a team like Bournemouth, and expect to come away with anything. We were sloppy in possession in the first half, we probably gave them too much respect, but we know they’re a good team with a lot of ability.

“They’re top of the league for a reason but I think we could’ve taken the game to them more, certainly we needed to be less sloppy in possession and our passing needed to be crisper."

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“We were slightly better in the second half but with 10 men in the last knockings of the game, against a team who are that good in possession, they are always going to hurt you.”

The goalkeeper added that City’s first-half mistakes proved the difference on the day, but he continues to look ahead positively to Tuesday’s match against Nottingham Forest.

He said: “We can’t afford mistakes in games likes this, if one makes a mistake the next one can’t. Unfortunately, the damage was done in the first half. To go in at half-time 1-0 down we might have given ourselves a chance to take the game to Bournemouth, but being 2-0 down we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit.

“We knew today was going to be tough and the game against Forest is going to be tough.

"We need to dust ourselves on now, we can’t dwell on the performance or result and we’ll go into the Forest game with positivity.” 

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City are back in action at Ashton Gate in just four days time when they welcome Nottingham Forest to BS3 on Tuesday night (7:45pm). 

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