Liam Manning shares latest on Sam Bell injury and gives frank view on Bristol City performance in QPR defeat

The Robins fell to defeat against QPR
The City manager said his side were 'flat' against QPRThe City manager said his side were 'flat' against QPR
The City manager said his side were 'flat' against QPR

Liam Manning says he's unsure of the extent of Sam Bell's injury and described Bristol City's display in their defeat to Queens Park Rangers as 'not good enough.'

Bell was forced off after 25 minutes in City's 1-0 defeat to Rangers after he pulled up mid-sprint holding his leg, but his manager admitted he's not sure on the extent of the injury as of yet.

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"I haven’t seen him or the medical staff yet to be fair, it isn't a good one when someone pulls up like that but until he gets it scanned and it's assessed, I'm not sure," Manning said.

When asked whether it is a hamstring injury, he replied: "I presume so, but I haven't spoken to anybody."

The Robins came into the match on a high after back-to-back wins, including against Premier League hopefuls Southampton last time out, but Manning's side were far from their best on the day. "We just never really got going in anything, to be honest, I thought from start to finish," he said.

"There were a couple of flashes from Belly before he went off as we played the ball wide where we could hurt them. But, we just never go going, it wasn’t good enough."

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Ilias Chair's goal sent his side into half-time ahead, but the Robins were well in the game and had limited their opponents to little in truth.

However, after the break, the hosts began to lose their shape and sense of control, which led to several big chances for the visitors to put the result to bed.

When asked what went wrong in the second half, Manning said: "A few things, the discipline element the emotional side, some of the changes I made.

"You try and impact the game, you try and chase it a little bit by making changes that don’t always help, but collectively we just weren’t good enough today."

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While the result and performance are frustrating, the manager was quick to note that it's still been a positive week for his side.

Before the win against the Saints, City edged past Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

"I don't want to sit here and knock everything, I'd have taken six points from nine this week. None of it (poor performance) is intentional, you can see the group and how hard working they are last Saturday and on Tuesday, there's no negative intent from the lads.

"They're as frustrated and disappointed as I am, ultimately it’s the collective today. We need to reflect and assess and we have to make sure that in games where we've got more of the ball  and we're expected to be more dominant, we haven’t been more ruthless."

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