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Cotterill Hails Recovery Powers

Steve Cotterill insisted he never had any doubts Bristol City would bounce back from a day to forget at Colchester United on Saturday.

Cotterill’s players, traditionally such quick starters, found themselves 3-0 down inside 26 minutes in Essex – a mountain that ultimately proved just too steep to overcome as they slipped to a fifth league loss by the odd goal.

But tonight the early goal went the way of the league leaders, as Luke Freeman pounced in the tenth minute to help inflict a 3-1 defeat on play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers.

Greg Cunningham later doubled the lead from the penalty spot, whilst Aaron Wilbraham made the game safe from a Cunningham cross after Curtis Main had reduced the deficit just before the hour.

“They’ve always responded – it’s a case of how high we bounce back,” said Cotterill of his players, speaking to Bristol City Player.

“We might’ve gone 3-0 down at the weekend but we didn’t deserve to lose the game.

“We’ve come to one of the toughest places in League One tonight and put on a really professional performance on another pitch that was a little bit bobbly.

“I thought they (the City players) were terrific. The endeavour, the commitment, the running and the determination in them to win the game tonight was clear for all to see.

“We’re never going to go through a season with everything being perfect. Along this journey, the learning curve is there for all of the players.

“We have to go through games like the weekend and come out the other end, and we’ve done that very well.”

The manager paid particular tribute to three S’s after City opened up a five-point lead at the top of Sky Bet League One – squad, strikers and supporters.

“Aaron Wilbraham’s performance was first-class,” he added. “Up front with Kieran Agard they were a real handful.

“For Matt Smith and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to have got us into this position while the other two were injured is a real credit to the squad – they’re a real tight-knit bunch.

“Just a word for the fans that have come up here on a Tuesday night all the way up all those motorways – a big thank you goes to all of them. That was for them tonight.”

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