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Lansdown Wants More Of The Same

Steve Lansdown is very happy with the way the Bristol City has progressed following a turbulent few years.

The majority shareholder was present for City’s narrow 1-0 defeat to West Ham United in the FA Cup fourth round and thoroughly enjoyed the side’s performance.

With a look to the future, Lansdown hopes Sunday’s atmosphere, sell-out crowd and occasion as a whole was just a glimpse of what Ashton Gate could become week-on-week.

“They always say you’ve got to enjoy the highs because the lows will come along,” he told Bristol City Player.

“We’ve had some low points in the last few years and it’s great to be bouncing back. I think people can see what we did, taking a step back to take a lot of steps forward.

“I thought it was a great atmosphere in the place and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“These are the sort of days we want every time we have a home match, whether it’s football or rugby, going forward that’s what we want here at Ashton Gate.

“We want people filling the seats; we want people full of excitement and really enjoying their sport.”

Lansdown says the players should be proud of their performance against the Premier League’s seventh-placed club, despite the single-goal defeat.

City’s display led to many positive comments on social media and during the BBC’s live broadcast of the match.

It is encouraging words such as these that Lansdown believes the squad should remember despite exiting the competition.

He said: “We all wanted to see how we would acquit ourselves against a Premier League side, playing the way we do – open and attacking. It showed the way we play is good.

“All the players put in a great shift. I don’t think anybody can feel disappointed with the way they played or their contribution.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got to the fourth round of the FA Cup and we’ve got knocked out by a side that is doing really well in the Premier League and a team that’s probably got a good chance of winning the competition.

“We can look back on this and say it was a great day out for everybody here and now we move on to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and more importantly the league.”