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We're Giving Ourselves Too Much To Do - O'Neil

Gary O’Neil says City have had to “climb too many mountains” this season.

The statistics back up the midfielder’s point. In their 18 Sky Bet Championship matches so far this term, City have conceded first in 13 of them.

On Saturday, Reading worked themselves into a 2-0 lead inside 19 minutes, leaving the Robins with it all to do at the Madejski Stadium.

Although O’Neil scored his first goal in a City shirt to reduce the deficit at the death, it proved too little too late in a game in which the visitors managed 24 shots.

“We were disappointed with the result,” the skipper told Bristol City Player HD.

“However, we can’t be too disappointed with the performance because we created lots of chances; the better chances in the game.

“I know we’ve said it a few times recently, but we gave it a good go.

“We just gave ourselves too much to do and that’s been the story of recent matches. We’ve had to climb too many mountains already this season.

“You think back to Rotherham away, when we were 2-0 down and drew 2-2, and a number of home games where we’ve had to recover from deficits.

“We’re creating lots of chances but perhaps we’re too open and too easy to score against.

“That’s probably the question that needs answering at the moment; how can we protect the defence and keep more clean sheets? If we can keep a clean sheet then I’m sure the wins will start coming.”

O’Neil insists his first goal since 2014 meant little.

He added: “I’m just disappointed the goal didn’t come earlier because with all the pressure we had them under, we probably would have taken something from the game.”