STEVE­NAGE TO BEN­E­FIT TEN­FOLD

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

con­fi­dence in front of goal at times, but over­all I am de­lighted.”

With only pride to play for, City were sub­dued, al­though sub­sti­tute Martin Pater­son might have done bet­ter when shoot­ing wide from Wade El­liott’s 76th-minute pass.

Pogba had the best op­por­tu­ni­ties of the first half, pro­duc­ing an air­shot on six min­utes when well placed to score.

The striker also headed wide on 28 min­utes and had a shot on the turn blocked on the line in a crowded goal­mouth.

City’s best first-half ef­fort was a closerange back-heel from Jay Em­manuelThomas, which struck a de­fender.

And Bris­tol City boss Steve Cot­ter­ill ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment that his team could not end the sea­son with a win to un­der­line the im­prove­ment made since he took charge.

“It was a bit of an an­ti­cli­max,” he said.“If I am hon­est I have been ex­pect­ing that sort of per­for­mance, with only pride to play for, and I’m glad we kept it un­til the penul­ti­mate game.

“It wasn’t a bad dis­play. We passed the ball for fun, but lacked pen­e­tra­tion. You have to give Crewe some credit for that. Our crowd were fan­tas­tic, as they have been since I ar­rived.” GRA­HAM West­ley ad­mits the doom and gloom of rel­e­ga­tion is well and truly over af­ter Steve­nage ended an un­wanted run of ten matches with­out a win against Wal­sall.

Boro had Luke Free­man to thank for the vic­tory – their first since March 8 – as he pounced to smash home the win­ner eight min­utes from time at Broad­hall Way.

That fol­lowed Jo N’Gues­san’s equaliser dur­ing a busy start to the sec­ond half that saw Malvind Ben­ning and Craig West­carr fire Wal­sall 21 ahead af­ter Jimmy Smith’s first-half ef­fort.

And West­ley said: “It’s a strange feel­ing win­ning at home. Un­for­tu­nately, it’s been a long, hard sea­son and a real trial for the fans, who again were here for us.

“I’m de­lighted that the boys have given them some­thing to smile about go­ing into the sum­mer.

“The most im­por­tant thing was that there was some

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