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Cotterill Unimpressed With O's Approach

Steve Cotterill admitted he took extra satisfaction from seeing his side come through a physical examination with a difference in East London to extend their lead at the top of Sky Bet League One to ten points.

Goals from Luke Freeman, Aden Flint and Aaron Wilbraham ensured City overturned an early deficit to run out 3-1 winners at the Matchroom Stadium and leave hosts Leyton Orient marooned in the relegation zone.

The City boss later revealed he was unimpressed with the antics of O’s manager Fabio Liverani and the tactics employed by his team.

“It’s a really pleasurable win,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player.

“You don’t have too many pleasurable wins – you just have good wins – but I wouldn’t want to play football like they play. It’s direct, it’s a fight and everything’s a second ball.

“They only watered one end of the pitch at half-time – only the end they were going to be attacking – and they didn’t shake hands at the end.

“But with the bond the (City) players have got, the spirit and the work ethic for each other, we’ve managed to get ourselves what I thought was quite a comfortable win.

“They were very predictable in the second half and I felt we dealt with it very well.

“The pitch was a little bit bobbly but we kept possession when we could and took the sting out of it well at times, and scored three good goals.

“The third goal was obviously key. While it’s at 2-1, with the amount of balls they’re whacking in your box there’s always a chance something’s going to drop for them.

“They’ve got some good players. It’s just a shame they have to play like that.”

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