Mor­ri­son’s late strike sparks Cot­ter­ill anger

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Sean Tay­lor

BRIS­TOL CITY boss Steve Cot­ter­ill blasted the ref­eree for play­ing too much in­jury time as the Robins were de­nied a fa­mous vic­tory at the Hawthorns.

James Mor­ri­son spared the Bag­gies’ blushes as he net­ted from close range in the 95th minute, leav­ing Cot­ter­ill an­gry with of­fi­cial Gra­ham Scott.

All the goals came in the se­cond half as the Cham­pi­onship side re­cov­ered from fall­ing be­hind to Saido Ber­ahino’s strike to lead through ef­forts from Jonathan Kod­jia and Kieran Agard.

As four min­utes of added time were held up on the elec­tronic board by the fourth of­fi­cial, City looked set to reach round four. But Mor­ri­son con­verted Cal­lum McMana­man’s cross to set up a re­play at Ash­ton Gate later this month.

Cot­ter­ill said:“Time was up, it was over. Even if you use the stop-start rule like we do, by the time the ball comes back into play and they re­cy­cle it and get it in the box, it’s over.

“I know we are split­ting hairs here but when you're 2-1 up away from home against a Premier League team you need the ref­eree to be right on it.

“It was a great per­for­mance from us but of­ten you don’t get two op­por­tu­ni­ties against a Premier League team and for our se­cond-half per­for­mance we did de­serve to win the game. It was time up and he knows it.

“He prob­a­bly thinks they’ll get a cross in and a header or some­thing will go over the bar then he can blow af­ter the goal-kick. But you don’t need to add any more.The bot­tom line is it’s time.

“That would have done won­ders for our sea­son in the se­cond half of the Cham­pi­onship. It’s so dis­ap­point­ing.

“We might not get an­other op­por­tu­nity and that mo­ment was im­por­tant for us.”

West Brom boss Tony Pulis had a dif­fer­ent view, say­ing:“Steve’s got to buy him­self a new watch.That’s the best thing he can do.”

Pulis was more con­cerned about the com­pe­ti­tion be­ing de­val­ued.“The only dis­ap­point­ment for me is the FA Cup should be showed a lit­tle more re­spect, es­pe­cially the third and fourth round,” he added.“It’s the best cup com­pe­ti­tion in the world, and I’m a tra­di­tion­al­ist.

“So to fol­low it up with games in the Premier League and the Cham­pi­onship two or three days af­ter al­most makes you end up hav­ing one eye on that.

“It would have been nice to have a clear run at the game and show the com­pe­ti­tion the re­spect it de­serves.”

HEADS I WIN: Bris­tol City’s Jonathan Kod­jia scores their first goal



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