Cot­ter­ill de­mands more of Robins

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

STEVE Cot­ter­ill saw Bris­tol City go eight points clear at the top of League One and in­sisted the Robins will have to be even more determined to stay at the sum­mit.

The City manager will al­low no let-up in the ef­forts to claim a ti­tle many – Rochdale boss Keith Hill in­cluded – al­ready be­lieve is bound for Ash­ton Gate.

Af­ter see­ing Aaron Wil­bra­ham’s 15th goal of the sea­son, a pow­er­ful header from Luke Free­man’s 14th minute cor­ner, sink im­pres­sive op­po­nents, Cot­ter­ill has no in­ten­tion of rest­ing on any lau­rels.

He said: “What we need to do now is make sure that ev­ery time our ri­vals look at our re­sults they see that we are show­ing no signs of let­ting things slip.

“They will have looked at this victory and our win at Don­caster in mid­week. It’s a time for even greater ef­forts from all con­cerned.

“I knew this would be a tough game, as it was up at Rochdale ear­lier in the sea­son. Keith Hill is do­ing a fan­tas­tic job, just as he did in his first spell there and dur­ing his time at Barns­ley.

“We were very aware of not al­low­ing our­selves to be caught on the counter-attack, par­tic­u­larly in the light of our re­cent home de­feat by Sh­effield United.

“It meant we couldn’t af­ford to be as ex­pan­sive go­ing for­ward as usual. The play­ers had to show dif­fer­ent at­tributes and I am de­lighted with ev­ery one of them.”

Peter Vin­centi will be won­der­ing how he didn’t earn at least a point from three gilt-edged chances. The best came on 25 min­utes when he fired badly over af­ter Frank Field­ing had par­ried a Jamie Allen shot.

It was the same story af­ter the break, Vin­centi, who had hit the bar with a 30-yard free kick early on, forc­ing a fly­ing save from Field­ing with a header and vol­ley­ing too close to the City keeper. Hill said: “It was prob­a­bly the best los­ing per­for­mance I have ever been as­so­ci­ated with.

“Bris­tol City are a jug­ger­naut in our di­vi­sion this sea­son and head­ing for the Cham­pi­onship. To cre­ate such glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties, two of which at least we should have tucked away, was very pleas­ing.

“We de­served to take some­thing from the game and, know­ing Steve Cot­ter­ill as I do, I am sure he wouldn’t dis­pute that.

“The mar­gin be­tween our­selves and City over 46 games, sea­son af­ter sea­son, is mas­sive. But over 90 min­utes to­day it was tiny and I was de­lighted with ev­ery­thing apart from the re­sult.”

Cot­ter­ill re­sisted the temp­ta­tion to throw on Matt Smith at the end of a loan spell from Ful­ham that yielded 13 goals, but led the ap­plause for the big striker at full time.



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