The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Latham

PAUL Dickov ac­cused his Don­caster team of self-de­struc­t­ing at Ash­ton Gate with some “school­boy de­fend­ing” and a send­ing-off that was “stupid and un­pro­fes­sional”.

A dread­ful first-half er­ror by left-back Cedric Ev­ina gifted City their sec­ond goal and they went on to romp to the top of League One with an im­pres­sive dis­play.

The hosts were also helped by a reck­less sec­ond yel­low card for Rovers mid­fielder Harry For­rester early in the sec­ond half for kick­ing the ball away at the award of a free-kick against his side.

For­rester had al­ready been cau­tioned on nine min­utes for div­ing inside the penalty, although Dickov was adamant ref­eree Michael Bull got that decision wrong.

He said:“The first book­ing was a stonewall penalty and a big decision that went against us. But that wasn’t why we lost the game. We never gave our­selves a chance against a good side.

“It was a stupid, stupid sec­ond book­ing. Harry has apol­o­gised to the other lads in the dress­ing room, but it was an un­pro­fes­sional thing to do.

City took a 13th-minute lead when Aden Flint’s header from a free-kick caused havoc on the edge of Don­caster’s six-yard box. Kieran Agard was crowded out, but Aaron Wil­bra­ham fol­lowed up to force the ball home from close range.

The sec­ond goal on the half hour was a dis­as­ter for Ev­ina, who dwelt on the ball for what seemed an age on his own goal-line, al­low­ing Mark Lit­tle to slide in and score.

“Cedric knows you just have to put your foot through the ball in that sit­u­a­tion,” added Dickov. “It was a com­i­cal goal to con­cede.

“I was very un­happy with the first one too. We knew what City were go­ing to do with the free kick be­cause we had worked on it all week.

“Peo­ple didn’t do their jobs and I ex­pect bet­ter than that.”

Agard wrapped up the points with a de­flected shot on 82 min­utes after be­ing set up by the im­pres­sive Joe Bryan, who was a con­stant men­ace to the home side down the left flank.

It was the striker’s first goal since join­ing City from Rother­ham United as re­place­ment for last sea­son’s top scorer Sam Bal­dock.

And City boss Steve Cot­ter­ill said: “It’s great for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with the club to be top of the ta­ble and ev­ery­one has con­trib­uted.

“You are never more than 90 min­utes away from a kick in the teeth in this game, but I couldn’t be hap­pier with the start the lads have made.

“We are a tight-knit group and the play­ers are pre­pared to work hard for one another. There isn’t any­thing I wouldn’t do for them and I be­lieve the same ap­plies in re­verse.

“It was good for Kieran Agard to get his first goal for us and you could see the pres­sure lift off his shoul­ders. “I wanted both of my strik­ers to get on the score­sheet and they obliged.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

SCRAM­BLE: Aaron Wil­bra­ham opens the scor­ing for Bris­tol City ALL OVER: Kieran Agard scores for Bris­tol City STAR MAN JOE BRYAN Bris­tol


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