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We Deserved Late Winner - Cotterill

Steve Cotterill insists Bristol City were well worth the late winner which finally broke the gutsy resistance of rank outsiders AFC Telford United at Ashton Gate.

The Bucks, propping up the Vanarama Conference and a full 71 places below Sky Bet League One leaders City, defended doggedly until Kieran Agard eventually bundled the ball past inspired goalkeeper Jonathan Hedge in the second minute of added time to score the only goal of an engaging cup tie.

Telford had their chances too, with Frank Fielding called into action on more than one occasion to spare City’s blushes, but Cotterill was sure his team were deserving of their place in the coveted FA Cup third round draw tomorrow evening (7pm).

“They will feel hard done by because of the goal coming so late in the game,” the boss told Bristol City Player.

“But if you look at the chances we had in the first half and look at the game as a whole, they might not feel so hard done by.

“It could never be our day and we knew that. It could only ever be Telford’s day; they pushed us all the way and their fans were fantastic for them.

“We always knew it was going to be a tough game and we prepared properly for it. If we hadn’t have done so, we could’ve been on the end of a nasty shock.

“It’s very difficult to break a team down when there’s nine or ten players behind the ball because you’re only going to have six or seven players up against that, as you’ve got to have men back for when the ball gets whacked forward and you’ve got to start another attack.

“You’re playing six or seven against nine all the time. If I worked on that in training every day of the week, they wouldn’t score a goal.

“It was what we thought it was going to be. The goal came late – maybe if it had come earlier in the game one or two more would’ve followed.

“But it was all about the result and making sure we’re in the next round, and thankfully we’ve done that.”

City return to action at Ashton Gate this Wednesday night as they take on Coventry City in the JPT semi-final - click here to buy tickets.

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