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Cotterill Delighted To Deliver "Great Event"

Steve Cotterill declared his delight after Bristol City secured a day out at Wembley for the first time since 2008.

Leading 4-2 from the first leg against Gillingham, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate to ensure City would progress to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to face Walsall under the arch on March 22nd.

Matt Smith, who scored all four goals at Priestfield to put City firmly in charge of the tie before a ball was kicked in BS3, headed an 18th minute opener to set up what looked a procession for Cotterill’s men.

But lively winger Jermaine McGlashan equalised for the Gills before half-time, and the visitors had their chances to move to within one goal of taking the tie into extra time before City could celebrate a job well done.

“We’ve taken the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy seriously from the word go, so I’m delighted,” was the manager’s reaction, speaking to Bristol City Player.

“I really am pleased for the players and the supporters of this football club, because we’ve got a great event to look forward to.

“It was always going to be a tough game tonight after the highs of West Ham at the weekend.

“It was a little bit ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’, but if there was any game we didn’t have to win against Gillingham, it was this one.

“The players wanted this, but when you’re already two goals up it’s difficult. Once we got the first goal they had to score four to knock us out, so that was important and we did speak about that.

“After we get that first goal, our lads think ‘they’re not going to score four against us’ and they drop off the pace a little bit.

“That’s the fourth time we’ve played them now, and if I was them (Gillingham) I would be getting a little bit fed up of us and want to dig in and score a goal.

“It’s amazing, isn’t it? We performed fantastically well at the weekend and didn’t win, and we’ve played a bit mediocre tonight and ended up getting to Wembley.

“We just want to make this season a memorable one for everybody at the football club.”