The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ja­son Hughes

HAV­ING hauled Bris­tol City out of the League One drop zone, man­ager Steve Cot­ter­ill is de­ter­mined to see them stay well clear of it.

Cot­ter­ill took charge in De­cem­ber, when the Robins were in the bot­tom four, and has led an im­prove­ment in form with just one de­feat in their last five games.

How­ever, City headed into the weekend four places but just one point clear of the drop zone and the man­ager knows that if their con­cen­tra­tion slips they will be right back in trou­ble.

“We have worked hard to get out of the bot­tom four and it is im­por­tant we don’t end up back in it,” said Cot­ter­ill.

“I’ve talked about that with the boys and I think they share my men­tal­ity. We’re look­ing for­ward, rather than back, and our in­ten­tion has to be to climb the ta­ble.

“We’ve looked back at what we’ve achieved over the last month or so and be­ing out of the bot­tom four is a big step in the right di­rec­tion.

“As soon as we get to a mid-ta­ble po­si­tion, we can look at what the rest of the sea­son might bring. But in the short-term, the chal­lenge is to get away from that bot­tom four.”

CHAL­LENGE: Cot­ter­ill

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