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Monday, February 5th 2018
City captain Bailey Wright say the team will come back fighting after slipping to a 1-0 away defeat to Bolton Wanderers.
Sammy Ameobi's solo goal at the Macron Stadium - a run from deep inside his own half before firing low into the net - proved to be the difference on Friday night.
City saw much of the ball (65 per cent) in the Friday night encounter but threatened little with few solid opportunities on the Bolton goal.
Head coach Lee Johnson had said before the game that he expected a tough opponent in league strugglers Bolton and that's exactly what happened, said Wright.
The defender told BCTV: "They made it difficult for us tonight, it was difficult to break them down and the simple, basic things that we normally do well, we didn't do well tonight.
"We were punished on the counter attack which wasn't good from our behalf but we have a week to repair now for our next game.
"I wouldn't say we bossed the game the way we wanted to. We didn't create enough chances, we didn't have enough shots, we certainly had a lot of the ball but I think it was their plan to let us have that and frustrate us.
"Credit to them because it worked but we have to come up with better ways to deal with it. I'm sure we will but we weren't quite at that tonight."
WHAT HE SAID
"We didn't create enough chances, we didn't have enough shots, we certainly had a lot of the ball but I think it was their plan to let us have that and frustrate us."
Ameobi's goal, as well taken as it was, came following a City corner. The ball found its way to the former Newcastle United player, who ran with the ball unchallenged from inside his own half before unleashing a low drive beyond Luke Steele.
Wright said: "It's disappointing because it's an area we talk about. Sometimes attacking set pieces can be another opportunity for teams to counter attack from. Some teams set up against us like that, they did tonight and it paid off for them.
"It was a great run from Ameobi and a good finish but it's something we could have easily stopped if we had been more switched on and organised as a team. We could have stopped that from happening but these things happen in football.
"The lads have been fantastic all season and tonight wasn't good enough but we will bounce back."
Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent shined under the Macron Stadium floodlights, with his pace and trickery causing the hosts problems on more than one occasion.
And club skipper Wright believes his teammate, at least until the end of the season, has a promising future.
"I thought he did really well," said the World Cup-bound Australian defender.
"He's shown what he's about, he's a good player, a nightmare to play against and he's only going to get better and better. The more he settles in the more we will see the best of him. I think he showed us what he;'s about and I'm excited about what he's going to show us for the rest of the season.
City return to action at Ashton Gate on Saturday when relegation-threatened Sunderland come to BS3.
Wright added: "It's been a busy few months for us and it's not often you have eight days to prepare for a game which is nice. We will get back to the training pitch and focus on us.
"Sunderland is another tough test but we know what we're about. We always give ourselves a good chance and it's another opportunity next week."
City host the Black Cats next Saturday (3pm kick-off) at Ashton Gate.
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