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Cotterill Pleased To Meet Dons Again

Steve Cotterill is looking forward to renewing Bristol City’s rivalry with MK Dons in the Sky Bet Championship.

The teams occupied the two automatic promotion spots in League One at the end of last season, and played out two entertaining games last season.

City won an absorbing home clash 3-2 before securing an important goalless draw at Stadium:mk in February.

“We were pleased in the end that MK Dons went up,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player HD. “They did very well and they were a good team.

“It’s another good football team that have come up and we’ll look forward to another couple of good games against them this season.

“The team structure is the same. They’ve probably strengthened in a couple of areas and probably got a little bit weaker in a couple of other areas.

“That’s not disrespectful to any of the lads who are there now, but they’ve got a couple of injuries to players who I think would be in their starting line-up.

“I think we’re in a similar vein of not picking up points when we’ve deserved them, but that’s the Championship and it’s a tough lesson.

“It’s a difficult transition and no doubt Karl (Robinson, manager) is feeling it like we all are.”

Cotterill heaped praise on the club’s supporters for sticking with his team as City search for a first home win of the campaign at Ashton Gate tomorrow (3pm).

“I think they like to see the football we play and that’s important,” he added. “We haven’t lost touch with the fact that they want us to win because we want to win as much as they do.

“I think our fans have been pleasantly surprised by the dominance we’ve had in games. The Reading game was the only one when we looked a bit tired and leggy.

“But the crowd were brilliant, kept going and stayed with them until the end. I can’t ask any more of our supporters at the moment.”

City host MK Dons on Saturday and tickets are now on general sale. Call 0117 963 0600 to book, or secure your seat online here.

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