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Posted Sunday, September 15th 2019

'The supporters spurred us on' - Hunt

Jack Hunt has hailed City’s supporters for spurring them on to victory over Stoke at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The full-back played a pivotal role in City’s fightback, producing two crosses which led to City’s goals on the day.

City went into the second half at 1-0 down on Stoke soil but his first cross from the right picked out the towering Famara Diédhiou, whose downward header drew the Robins level. Then only a matter of minutes later, Hunt produced another cross which was just about bundled over the goal line by Stoke defender Tom Edwards.

Speaking about City’s 1,800 fans on the day, City right-back Hunt said: “They were absolutely fantastic and really spurred us on. The big thing I noticed was they clapped us off at half-time at 1-0 down and that gets you going. It’s easy to clap when you’re winning, everyone is happy naturally, but that what was one thing I noticed.

“We’re very thankful, we know it costs money to come and travel because Bristol is a long way!”

While there was no doubt about the first goal, it was heart in mouths when neither of the officials immediately signalled City’s second.

Hunt’s cross looked for Niclas Eliasson at the far post but it was Stoke’s player Edwards who pushed the ball on to the post before it crept over the line as Stoke desperately tried to clear.

Eventually the goal was awarded and there was no doubt in Hunt’s mind.

“The only thing I viewed when I crossed the ball I moved forward naturally because of momentum and I saw the ball go over the lin,” he said.

“I was chatting to the linesman for what felt like a minute and the referee wasn’t giving it, but I saw it clearly over the line! My head was going to explode but the linesman said it was a goal. The referee didn’t give it straight away.

“Nic said in the shower he pressured the full-back so he’s trying to claim it but I think it was an own goal.”

Next up for City is a return home to Ashton Gate, where they entertain Swansea City in a week’s time (Saturday, August 21st, 3pm KO).

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