Glass is now half full for Cot­ter­ill

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

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.”

STAR MAN SI­MON MOORE Bris­tol

City

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