'You get what you deserve' - Liam Manning's 'frustrated' view on Bristol City's draw with Coventry City as transfer hint made

Liam Manning gave his honest view after Coventry drawLiam Manning gave his honest view after Coventry draw
Liam Manning gave his honest view after Coventry draw
The Robins conceded a late goal as they drew at the Coventry Building Society Arena

Liam Manning has urged Bristol City to stop giving away soft goals after their 2-2 draw at Coventry City and hinted that the Robins could make one more signing before the January transfer window ends.

Manning's side came from a goal down to lead 2-1 with seven minutes to play at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Tuesday night, but an 85th-minute goal from Ellis Simms saw the visitors forced to settle for a point.

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Tatsuhiro Sakamoto's strike against the run of play and Simms' gift after a Max O'Leary error proved costly on the night, and both the Robins players and Manning expressed their frustration post-match.

"Soft goals we've conceded again, that’s what I've said to the lads. They're really, really annoyed in there and rightly so, they should be frustrated," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"We go 2-1 up so late on you and have to see the game out. We've got to create that edge, stop giving soft goals away and letting teams off at the other end."

The Robins' performances have been consistently positive since Manning's appointment late last year, but the results haven't always matched that.

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His side have been struggling for goals of late, and before the draw against the Sky Blues, had netted just three times in their previous eight matches.

Manning continued: "We need to stop being ‘nearly’. In the first 15 minutes, we had some terrific opportunities and great chances in good areas and then we conceded a soft goal against the run of play.

"But look, you get what you deserve and what we have to do is convert our performances into more goals and be more ruthless in the final third."

Scott Twine has been brought in on loan from Burnley to try and aid City's quest for more goals, but he has suffered a quad injury which will keep him out for two weeks.

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With time running out in the January transfer window, the Robins haven't given up hope of adding to their forward line.

"We’re working really hard to do another one," Manning said. "So yeah, hopefully, we can do another one before the window shuts."

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