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Cotterill Rues Last-Gasp Goal

Steve Cotterill was left ruing lessons not learned as Reading’s top scorer Nick Blackman inflicted a painful late blow on his City side at the Madejski Stadium.

The visitors were the dominant force for long spells of a game locked at 0-0 until the first minute of added time.
It was City who looked the more likely winners in the closing stages, but Blackman capitalised on a late breakaway to cut inside on to his stronger left foot and find the bottom corner – just as he did at Ashton Gate back in September.
“We’ve been undone right at the death, which is disappointing because we’ve gone through that with a fine tooth comb this week,” said Cotterill of the decisive goal, speaking to Bristol City Player HD.
“We’ve gone through how their strikers and their wingers play. To score the winner so late was bad enough, but to score it the way they’ve scored it after all the work we’ve done is even more disappointing.
“I thought we were excellent. There was no way we deserved to lose that – and so cruelly as well.
“But how many times am I going to say it? That’s the story of our season.
“I thought the boys put in everything they could. It was our third game in a week but our energy levels were fantastic.
“When you’ve got that backing away from home, that’s why we performed so well today.
“It wasn’t like an away game. Our 3,000 fans have outsung however many others that were here.
“They were amazing today and that support is what we need. I think they can see the football we’re playing, but we need a sharper cutting edge to us, which is nothing new.
“We’ve had a tough Christmas period, physically and mentally. For what we’ve put in, I don’t think we’ve deserved what we’ve got.”
Cotterill later revealed he was unsure on the repercussions of injuries to Nathan Baker, who overstretched in the first half, and Luke Freeman, who was substituted late on with a twisted knee.
Loanees Liam Moore, Callum Robinson and Simon Cox will all be returning to their parent clubs, while City are in negotiations with Norwich City about extending Elliott Bennett’s stay in BS3.

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