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Cotterill Hails "Zapped" Players

Steve Cotterill heaped praised on his players after admitting they looked “zapped” in the opening half an hour before returning to the Sky Bet League One summit.

City were second best early on against play-off chasing Fleetwood Town at Ashton Gate, but found their feet long before Matt Smith broke the deadlock seven minutes into the second half from a Joe Bryan free kick.

From then on the hosts were rarely troubled, and eventually killed the game in stoppage time when substitutes Luke Freeman and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas combined for the striker to score for the fifth time in his last six outings.

"It was a good win and it was a comfortable 2-0 really,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player.

"It took us a while to get going – probably about 30 minutes – but it's been a real tough week. There's been lots of hype and emotion."

"It looked like the week had zapped us, but all credit to the boys. They've been a real credit this week and I've just thanked them for their efforts."

"We work hard on set-pieces and when games are tight, you can have that something extra to get you through."

The fixture was City’s third at home in the space of eight days, and the manager was grateful for the support his team have received in that time ahead of an anticipated bumper crowd for the trip to second-placed MK Dons next Saturday.

"To be top of the league tonight is for the fans,” he added.

"We’ve got 57 points after 26 games, which is ahead of where we thought we would be at this stage.

"For the fans that have turned out and watched us, I'd really like to thank them.

"The more the merrier at MK Dons. Didn't Wolves take 9,000 there? That would be nice!"