Hughton: We could have done better

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Birmingham manager Chris Hughton bemoaned his side's inability to consolidate themselves in the play-off positions following their 2-2 draw against Bristol City in the npower Championship.

Blues made heavy weather of attempting to overcome their lowly opponents who threatened to spring a surprise by storming into a two-goal first-half lead through Stephen Pearson and Jon Stead.

Hughton said: "Overall it was a fair result. The pivotal moment for us was (Marlon) King's goal which gave us a lift. We experienced a couple of problems, losing Boaz Myhill just before the kick-off and having to take off Keith Fahey, who found the going a little tough. The second-half performance got us back into the game and if anyone was going on to win it would have been us."

Birmingham battled back when King notched his 18th goal of the season just before the break and Nikola Zigic scored a 61st-minute equaliser but they were unable to kill off their battling opposition, who deserved a share of the spoils.

Hughton went on: "You have to give Bristol City a lot of credit. They came with a game plan and did it very well. They will also be delighted with a point.

"They scored two well-taken goals but you always look at yourself and ask 'could we have done better?'

"I think we could have done better. As a team we could have put more pressure on Bristol City. We afforded them too much possession in a period and when that happens you hope they will not punish you but they did."

Bristol City, meanwhile, continue to edge to safety as they increased their impressive end-of-season unbeaten run to five games.

Manager Derek McInnes said: "In our situation it was a point gained. Before the game we thought a point would be a good result coming to a place like Birmingham.

"They have only lost one league home game this season. We got ourselves into a very good position to win with two terrific goals with a fantastic first-half performance."

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