The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Walker

BRIS­TOL City boss Steve Cot­ter­ill ad­mits Cham­pi­onship foot­ball is the min­i­mum re­quire­ment for the Robins af­ter head­ers from Aden Flint and Luke Ayling saw the League One lead­ers edge out rel­e­ga­tion threat­ened Craw­ley Town.

Flint opened the scor­ing for City from a Luke Free­man cross, but a strike from An­thony Wordsworth en­sured the game looked des­tined for a draw un­til Ayling’s 83rd minute win­ner.

It means Bris­tol re­main ten points clear at the top while Craw­ley stay sec­ond from bot­tom and two points from safety.

“I know we are not even in the Cham­pi­onship yet but the chair­man is build­ing a £40m sta­dium,” said Cot­ter­ill. “He is not go­ing to want that in League One for too long.

“Bris­tol is a huge city, there’s well over half a mil­lion peo­ple there. When you look at it the city re­ally needs a Pre­mier League club.

“Cardiff and Swansea have done it and are not too far away. There’s no rea­son why we can’t do it, too.

“We’ve done well, we are de­lighted we’ve got the points on the board be­cause there will only be so many points on the board that will take you up.We are well on our way to where we want to be.”

Flint’s down­ward header from Free­man’s de­liv­ery opened the scor­ing two min­utes af­ter the break.

It came af­ter Korey Smith’s quick throw to Free­man seemed to catch the Red Devils’ de­fence sleep­ing and keeper Lewis Price was pow­er­less to stop Flint meet­ing the cross and head­ing in.

A minute ear­lier the Craw­ley shot stop­per pro­duced a de­cent save to deny Free­man, who gath­ered the ball on the edge of the area, skipped past a de­fender and shot to­wards the bot­tom cor­ner.

Wordsworth, on loan from Ip­swich, fired into the roof of the net 12 min­utes later to pull the hosts level.

It came fol­low­ing a cross by Gavin Tom­lin on the left and was met on the turn by the 26-year-old.

How­ever, Ayling’s flicked header from an 83rd-minute Free­man cor­ner sealed the three points.

The 23-year-old de­fender lost his marker with a run to­wards the near post and his ef­fort sailed across the face of goal and into the op­po­site top cor­ner.

Craw­ley boss Dean Saun­ders was dev­as­tated by the re­sult, and said: “I’m gut­ted re­ally, we’ve come away with noth­ing.

“We’ve switched off from two set plays. The sec­ond goal, I’ve just gone over it for an hour yes­ter­day, the ex­act sit­u­a­tion, and they’ve scored. I’m ab­so­lutely gut­ted and I won’t sleep tonight. “I sup­pose that’s why there’s four leagues. Play­ers in the Pre­mier League don’t switch off. Play­ers in League One switch off.

“The play­ers will be gut­ted too. They’ve been on the train­ing ground for hours learn­ing the ba­sics. I’m sick, we should’ve won and we haven’t. You can say what you like about the per­for­mance, but we’ve come away with noth­ing.”

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