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It Was A Game We Dominated - Cotterill

Steve Cotterill was left a frustrated figure after seeing his side come up short at the home of Sky Bet League One’s bottom club.

City had more than their fair share of chances, but a combination of fine goalkeeping and wasteful finishing kept them at bay before Jamie Ness struck a 73rd minute winner for hosts Crewe Alexandra.

The visitors’ cause was not helped by the dismissal of Derrick Williams seven minutes into the second half – a second bookable offence his manager deemed “stupid”.

“It was a game we absolutely dominated, even with ten men,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player.

“It was obvious that the referee was going to do that because he was pedantic right from the off.

“If he sends Derrick Williams off, he’s got to send Ikpeazu off, because he’s fouled persistently all afternoon, so I don’t understand that.

“Once we had the tempo of the game, they couldn’t live with us. That was it in a nutshell, but in the end they’ve ended up scraping a result that they never should have got.

“For everything that’s gone on this week, with the coughs and the colds that we’ve had around and with Luke Ayling losing his grandmother and not training for a couple of days, the effort they’ve put in was fantastic.

“Things seemed to contrive against us a little bit this week and it carried on into the 90 minutes.

“We created some great chances, but we’ve said that while we’re on top in games we need to take them. That’s what we didn’t do today. Otherwise we’d have buried them.”

The boss, though angered by a lack of consistency in the officiating, admitted Williams’ red card was the right decision.

“Derrick Williams deserved to be sent off because it was stupid of him to go to ground after he’d already been booked. It was stupid and it was lazy – he’ll be fined and punished for it,” he added.

“Derrick didn’t even see it coming – that’s what surprises me. I saw it coming all afternoon and we talked about it at half-time.”

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