The team was perfect.Aitor Karanka
The win was Blues’ third in a row at Ashton Gate and came courtesy of a superb second-half showing.
Having competed against their play-off chasing opponents before the break, Karanka’s men took it up a gear in the second-half.
And the Head Coach revealed it was a case of demanding more of the same along with a little bit extra offensively during his half-time team talk.
Speaking to the media after the victory he said: “I told them at half-time that we were good, but we couldn’t switch off because they are a good team in the play-off positions with very good players, so we always had to keep going in the same way. When you are going 100% then the other team get frustrated. Then we were confident, we played much better and made a lot of chances.”
Karanka went on to explain in further detail about his satisfaction, not only in the result, but the manner in which his team responded to Tuesday’s setback at home to Barnsley.
The Spaniard labelled this as “very good”, before he continued: “I knew the team was going to have a really good response. We had a good meeting yesterday and I told them to believe. They are a very good team of very good players and it is just to approach the game playing with this intensity - I knew it was going to be difficult to beat us. If we had approached the game like we did against Barnsley, then it would have been difficult to win. But approaching the game like we did today, playing 95 minutes in the way that the team has today and supporting each other, it’s going to be easier.”
He was also asked about Jeremie Bela, who provided the assist for Harlee Dean’s winning goal, and praised his overall display.
“He has been really good, not just with the ball but without the ball he has been working really good.”
Although, Karanka was keen to ensure everybody was recognised for their efforts and added: “The team was perfect. The players who came on from the bench, Jukey [Lukas Jutkiewicz] and Alen [Halilović] were really good and the players who started the game also made a good performance.”
Blues will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins as they travel to Reading on Wednesday night with Karanka keen to push on, whilst simultaneously enjoying victory over the Robins.
He said: “The important thing today was three points. The team, the players and the fans needed this win and it was a good step going forward. We have beaten a very good team and now we have another tough game on Wednesday, so we have to keep going.”