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Cotterill Rues Difficult Day At Burnley

Steve Cotterill admitted his return to former club Burnley was a tough day at the office for his players.

The game was goalless until the 37th minute, yet City went in at half-time trailing 2-0 to two goals from Andre Gray.
 
Gray, a summer transfer target of Cotterill, completed his hat-trick after Scott Arfield struck Burnley’s third in the second period, as the hosts ran out 4-0 winners.
 
“In the first half we were only okay – that slope is quite strong and we had to keep them at bay a little bit,” the manager told Bristol City Player HD.
 
“Had we got to half-time 0-0, I’d have fancied us.
 
“The second goal before half-time was a real kick in the teeth, but I thought we started the second half very brightly and we were the better team.
 
“As the through ball happened (for the third goal), I need to look at it again but I think Frank (Fielding) needs to come out and take that – I think he was the closest to the ball – and that one was a real sickener.
 
“Deep down, whether we like it or not, even the players know we’re not going to come back and score three or four goals because we haven’t had a record of doing that this year – there haven’t been enough goals in the team for that to happen.
 
“They keep playing and they keep going because they’re honest, but they’re playing with broken hearts then.
 
“Collectively, we don’t have enough out there when the game gets a little bit scary for us. And that’s tough at the moment.
 
“They’ll be better for it, but in the meantime we’re going to have days like today and we’re going to have sleepless nights – probably throughout the season.
 
“The last thing my players need is me talking about any other players. I’ll keep working with them because they’ve all improved massively – we’re just not seeing that at the moment in the league table".

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