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Video: Cotterill Not Happy With Performance

Steve Cotterill admitted a comfortable victory did not mask a City performance he deemed below par against Portuguese third tier opponents Almancilense in Ferreiras.

Goals from Mark Little, Luke Freeman and Jonathan Kodjia eased the tourists to a 3-0 win to conclude an unbeaten two-week tour.

City had previously drawn 1-1 with Farense and Braga on the trip – both superior performances, according to the boss.

“I don’t think we played well tonight,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player HD.

“This was the weaker opposition of the three and probably our worst performance, which is slightly disappointing. Some of our pass selection wasn’t as good as it has been.

“Maybe that’s down to a long, hard, hot week of training, and with this being our third game with a lot of the same starting line-up, whereas other teams have been able to mix and match.

“That could be a contributory factor, but we started the game slowly and I always say to the players it’s very difficult to get into a good tempo when you do that.”

The manager was encouraged by a late debut goal for Kodjia and 78 minutes of action for Little – the defender’s first outing of the summer.

“He (Jonathan) is going to take time to settle in,” Cotterill added. “We take it for granted but it’s very difficult for him. He’s coming into a new environment, but once we get him up to speed I think he’ll be a big threat for us.”

“Mark Little is still a little bit behind, so we felt we needed to push him through tonight. That 80 minutes tonight will really do him good and he got involved in a few tussles, which will help him. He’s on the road to recovery but there's still a way to go.”

Derrick Williams missed the game with a calf strain, while fellow absentees Frank Fielding (back) and Scott Wagstaff (hamstring) will return to training next week.

Trialist goalkeeper Zeus De La Paz, a late substitute for Max O’Leary, will not be offered terms by the club.

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