MARVIN’S EARNED TV NIGHT OFF
MARVIN Elliott looked forward to putting his feet up in front of the TV after a two-goal contribution as a substitute earned Bristol City a priceless win.
The experienced midfielder netted twice within the space of three second-half minutes, having been sent on by manager Steve Cotterill to add tempo to a lethargic team performance against Carlisle United.
The result lifted City out of the bottom four and dragged Carlisle into the relegation battle. Elliott admitted the outcome would transform his weekend.
“It means I can watch Match of the Day with a smile on my face,” he said. “The Football League Show is a bit late for me, but I’ll record it and watch it too.
“The atmosphere at the end of the game was so different to at half-time. Hopefully winning has lifted the club and the supporters.”
Carlisle went in front on 36 minutes when Brad Potts drilled a low freekick past the wall and debutant goalkeeper Simon Moore from 25 yards after a crude foul by Adam ElAbd on Charni Ekangamene.
But midfielder Elliott, introduced as one of two half-time subs by Cotterill, headed City level from Sam Baldock’s 68th-minute chip after the visitors had failed to clear a corner.
On 70 minutes another Jay Emmanuel-Thomas corner from the right was allowed to reach Elliott, who volleyed powerfully past Greg Fleming from eight yards. All Carlisle’s previous good work was undone and they rarely threatened to get back into the game.
Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh said: “We have to defend set-pieces better. To be undone by two, having played so well was very frustrating.
“There were a lot of good things in the game from our point of view. But Bristol have a lot of quality players, despite their league position, and we knew they would pose a threat.
“We were without striker Lee Miller because his girlfriend has just given birth and we missed his height defending corners.
“We just have to dust ourselves down and go again. I want to strengthen through the emergency loan period and hopefully there is money available to do that.”
City were pedestrian and gave the ball away repeatedly in the opening 45 minutes. They were lucky on 12 minutes when Michael Drennan intercepted a poor pass from Derrick Williams and lashed a 20-yard shot against the crossbar.
But a switch from 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2 formation and the impact made by Elliott and fellow replacements Wes Burns and Tyrone Barnett made all the difference.
Cotterill praised his players for bouncing back after being jeered off at half time. “It takes a lot to turn things around in that situation and I would like to thank every one of them,” he
NET-BUSTER: Marvin Elliott scores the first goal for Bristol City
MARVELOUS: Marvin Elliott celebrates his second goal
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