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Stam frustrated after losing close contest

Royals boss rues missed opportunities against second-placed City

26 December 2017

With victory, Bristol City went into an automatic promotion place. And yet there was very little to separate the two sides at Ashton Gate this afternoon.

"It was a tight game - not a lot of chances for either side," manager Jaap Stam began.

"They scored the first one - and it was a good goal to be honest, a top corner finish. Not much more I can say about that.

"But we had the opportunities to score the equaliser and get back into the game. But we don't do that, don't finish it off in two good moments for Mo Barrow.

"And you know, because you're pressing, they are going to get away once or twice on the counter - and you need to defend that. But it's done when they score the second one in injury time.

"But you coulnd't say that one team played better than the other today. The finishing needed to be a bit better from us, but we need to have that bit of luck too. 

"The players worked very hard to get a result. And they did everything they could. But football is about not concedeing and scoring goals yourself.

"And although the ball went up and down the pitch and both teams had to fight for the ball throughout - it looked like whoever scored that first goal was going to win. We didn't score and we didn't get any points.

"It's very frustrating. We need to deal with this little run and take our opportunities to get out of the run. 

"The players are very disappointed at not getting results - especially when you're very close; you are getting opportunities but not scoring them, or your're conceding silly goals. 

"But the condifence is there. And sometimes you have to have that bit of luck too."

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