Bristol City manager Derek McInnes tips Leicester City to go up
Defeated Bristol City manager Derek McInnes accepted his team had been beaten by a better side and tipped Leicester City for promotion.
A David Nugent strike and a Richard Foster own goal gave City their fifth consecutive victory and shot them to the top of the table until Cardiff regained top spot with victory over Ipswich.
McInnes reckons Nigel Pearson's men will be in the leading pack this season.
"We lost to a better team and a team that will be in the shake-up for promotion," he said.
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"They look to me to be a team fully equipped to be a Premier League side. Having watched them prior to coming here, you are always looking for weaknesses you can exploit but we had to really search for weaknesses in their side.
"They have got good pace, good invention, goals, good legs and strength at the back as well. On top of that, they have a manager with the wherewithal. It was always going to be a big ask for us to come here and get something.
"For that to happen, we needed to defend better than we did for the two goals. And we had to have more of the game in the last third.
"I thought we had good spells of possession and nullified the threat from Leicester and, in the second half, we were always in the game.
"The second goal allowed Leicester to see the game out and they thoroughly deserved the three points.
"We needed to perform at a better level if we hoped to get anything from a game against a strong Leicester side.
"We have scored a lot of goals this season and carried a real threat, and I expected us to make chances. But we needed to make more of a fist of it in the last third."