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Cotterill Thrilled With Boro Win

Manager reflects on his team's impressive win at the Riverside.

Steve Cotterill declared his delight after seeing his City team dig deep for their first win of the new season at Middlesbrough.

Joe Bryan’s expertly-taken ninth minute goal proved to be the difference as newly-promoted City thwarted last season’s Sky Bet Championship play-off finalists in their own back yard.

The manager was full of praise for his players, having embarked on their longest trip of the campaign on Thursday morning – just hours after the dramatic 2-2 draw with Leeds United at Ashton Gate.

“We’re in with the big boys now and they’re a really good team. We’ve had to work our socks off there,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player HD.

“At half-time we were disappointed we weren’t 3-0 up. The game is over then.

“This was always going to be a really difficult game for us – particularly in a week where we’ve played on Wednesday and they’ve played on Tuesday.

“They had an extra 24 hours (preparation time) and not had the journey as well, so we’re delighted with our courage today.

“Coming up here on the bus on Thursday, everyone was hanging. Everyone wanted to fall asleep on the bus and then it was important to get a good night’s sleep.

“Then it was important to be as organised as we could be in training without taking too much out of their legs yesterday, but it’s worked out well for us.

“Unfortunately we weren’t quite as good with the ball as we have been in the other games but I’m not sure we’ll worry about that too much for five and a half hours on the way home tonight!

“I don’t know how many fans were over in that corner (412), but it (the victory) is pleasing for them on their journey home.”

Cotterill also spoke about recent reported interest in Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle and Andre Gray, who has recently moved from Brentford to Burnley.

“Dwight didn’t want to drop out of the Premier League and with Andre, we couldn’t afford his wages. We could have signed the player if we were willing to pay him the wages he wanted but I’m not sure I wanted to do that," he told the media after the Riverside win.

“The figures quoted (in the media) aren’t accurate. But we don’t need to give that anymore air time.

“We’ll see what we can do but it’s a very difficult period in the market at the moment and there are still loans and loans with a view to a permanent deal available once the window shuts.”

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