ITV – O’Connor rues derby defeat.

Birmingham striker Garry O’Connor has apologised to City fans for their “heartbreaking” derby defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

The Scotland international failed to find a way through Villa’s new-look defence at St Andrew’s before being substituted in the 79th minute and City were undone in the 84th minute when Gabriel Agbonlahor headed the only goal of the game.

“There was a frustrated dressing room,” said O’Connor. “We put so much into it and we were a bit unfortunate. It’s heartbreaking for the fans. I’m just sorry that we sent them home with us getting beat.”

He added: “The boys gave everything and we’re just as disappointed as them. We will pick ourselves up. We’re a team, we’ve got a good spirit about us and if we continue to play like that, we will be hard to beat.

“We knew we had to weather a storm from Villa, I thought we did that. We got on top and I thought we passed it really well and kept it really well. Overall, I thought we deserved to win the game.”

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