'Professional' - Liam Manning shares pride after Bristol City win and picks out key performer against Plymouth Argyle

The Robins backed up Friday's win against Leicester with another three points
Liam Manning after Bristol City's win at PlymouthLiam Manning after Bristol City's win at Plymouth
Liam Manning after Bristol City's win at Plymouth

Liam Manning hailed Bristol City's 'professional performance' in their win against Plymouth Argyle on Monday.

Nahki Wells' second-half header was enough for City to record back-to-back wins, as Alfie Devine was dismissed late on.

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The win came after Friday's impressive win against promotion hopefuls Leicester City, and the Robins boss was delighted with the win at Home Park.

"Terrific to get another win and another clean sheet, delighted for the squad. When you look at the demands of the game and how close together they were, huge credit to the players for what they've done in the last two games," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

Plymouth made a fast start to the match and by the five-minute mark had won four corners. Morgan Whittaker twice came close for the hosts, but City responded well.

"We knew here, the energy, the noise, where they’re at, they'd come out on the front foot and we did a good job of weathering that.

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"They had some set pieces without troubling Max, we changed from a five at the back to a four which helped us get more pressure higher up and get hold of the ball. We weathered the first 20 minutes well and after that, it was a professional performance."

Manning boldly made a triple change at half-time, as goalscorer Wells, Mark Sykes and Joe Williams were introduced.

The trio went on to inspire the Robins to all three points, as they all made significant impacts in the second period. 

Manning praised Wells' contribution who, aside from his goal, provided an outlet for City to play off and gave the Pilgrims' backline limited time on the ball.

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"He's a top pro, Nahki," he added. "He would’ve wanted to play more than he has lately, but stepping and delivering when required is a great skill.

"It was an excellent performance, he did a great job against Leicester too and he did terrifically well for the goal today."

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