MARVIN’S EARNED TV NIGHT OFF

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Latham To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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

said.

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

NET-BUSTER: Marvin El­liott scores the first goal for Bris­tol City

MAR­VELOUS: Marvin El­liott cel­e­brates his sec­ond goal

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