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Fielding On His "Roller Coaster" Return

Frank Fielding described his return to league football as a “roller coaster game”.

The goalkeeper was back in the starting XI for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with his former club Derby County at Ashton Gate.

It was Fielding’s first time between the sticks in a Championship fixture since January, and he produced a string of fine saves, allowing Aaron Wilbraham to salvage a point at the death.

“I really enjoyed the game, especially when Alby rolled in the equaliser,” Fielding told Bristol City Player HD after the 1-1 draw.

“It was a bit of a roller coaster game. The boys put in another good second-half performance and we were delighted to get a point in the end.

“When Tommo’s (Lee Tomlin) screamer crashed against the crossbar I thought ‘oh no, it’s going to be one of those days’.

“However, the lads stuck in there, kept plugging away and never gave up.”

Fielding suffered an injury in January which saw him replaced in the team, and then required ankle surgery in April after slipping in an Under-21 fixture.

He played in the EFL Cup second round tie at Scunthorpe United, but isn’t taking anything for granted after his league comeback.

He added: “I found out I was playing on Friday when the team went up on the board.

“I suppose you could say it was fate that it came against Derby, especially after my last performance against them away from home.

“I’m there to make saves and you never know what can happen in football. Things can change quickly, but it was nice to be back out there after such a long time out.”