Glass is now half full for Cotterill
STEVE Cotterill believes everyone at Bristol City can hold their heads up high with a 12th-place finish following a finalday draw with Crawley.
Nottingham Forest loanee Simon Gillett helped the Robins end their season unbeaten in six games as he cancelled out Jamie Proctor’s opener.
And after joining when Bristol City were one place off the foot of the table, Cotterill is urging the Robins to enjoy their summer after one defeat in their last 13 games saw them climb to safety.
“From where we were in those dark days in December to finish 12th is remarkable really and had we won the game we’d have finished top half – that’s a wonderful achievement form where we were,” he said.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a wonderful achievement for Bristol City to finish 12th, but from where we were in December it’s a great credit to everybody connected with the football club.
“There’s been a massive effort from supporters, players chairman, chief executive, everyone – it’s been a real team effort.”
Bristol City keeper Simon Moore produced a fine finger-tip save after 16 minutes to keep out Mike Jones’ low effort from the edge of the area.
But Moore was unable to prevent the hosts from going ahead on 25 minutes – Gwion Edwards’ delivery from the left found Andy Drury in the area and his low shot deflected off Proctor and in. Moore then kept City in it five minutes after the restart as Proctor was denied from five yards.
Matt Tubbs then curled an effort wide from the edge of the area after a mix-up at the back after 56 minutes.
And Crawley kept going close through Edwards while Mark Connolly headed a corner just wide moments later.
However just after the hour mark City were level as Gillett’s low shot flew in off the post after the home defence had invited him to shoot.
And Crawley boss John Gregory is eyeing up the play-offs this time next year.
“I was glad to hear that final whistle, we can all rest now and put our feet up,” he said.
“But I’m hoping my boys won’t be resting too much to get fired up and come back next season and make sure we make a dent in that top six.
“I seriously thought with both teams not particularly playing for anything other than a bit of pride that at 1-0, if we get the second goal, it could be three, four, five.
“The fans, subs, management team, directors – there was nothing we could do about it, we just had to sit and suffer and watch us miss chances.”
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