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Cotterill Calls For "Hostile" Ashton Gate

Steve Cotterill has called on Bristol City supporters to create a “hostile environment” for visiting teams at Ashton Gate.

Cotterill’s men are back in action at home for the first time in three weeks when they host Reading tomorrow (3pm), following away trips to Birmingham City and Preston North End over the past seven days.

The manager believes his side have been victims of boisterous home fans influencing officials on the road, notably the penalty awarded to Birmingham shortly before half-time at St Andrew’s, and now wants to experience the shoe on the other foot in BS3.

“We’ve ended up having decisions go against us based on crowd noise,” he told Bristol City Player HD.

“We’ve just played at two hostile environments and we need Ashton Gate to be the same.

“We need our crowd to be what they have been ever since I’ve come here – really passionate and behind the players, because we’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time with those supporters behind us.

“When a club is united like that, there’s no better place to be.”

Upcoming opponents Reading hit a purple patch with eight goals scored in back-to-back wins over Brentford and Ipswich Town, before Orlando Sa’s first-half red card scuppered their momentum in a 1-0 defeat to Derby County in midweek.

“They’ve been very bright in a few of the games they’ve played and all of a sudden they’ve found the goalscoring trail, so we’ve got to be very mindful of that.

“They’ve got to make a change at the weekend, unless they win an appeal with Sa, but the main focus will always be on us.

“With 11 men I felt Reading were the better team but then it becomes a different game playing with ten. We know that because we’ve already suffered that fate this season.

“I thought they played very well and I think it’ll be a good game tomorrow – it would certainly be a good game to win.”

City will wait on the fitness of defender Nathan Baker, who was substituted early on in the 1-1 draw at Preston night with a back problem, but Wes Burns is fit to return to the squad following a thigh problem.

Tickets are on general sale for tomorrow’s game and available to buy online now.

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