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James Crawley

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Posted Monday, December 11th 2017

We deserved our late winner - Paterson

Jamie Paterson says City deserved to score their winner against Sheffield United, once the hosts were reduced to ten men.

John Fleck saw red for a two-footed second half challenge on Korey Smith, with City’s extra man proving an advantage at Bramall Lane on Friday night.

The score was 1-1 at that point after goals from Paterson and Leon Clarke, with the hosts having wasted a number of opportunities.

But Aden Flint struck a 90th minute volley in front of the travelling supporters, to keep the pressure on Cardiff City.

Josh Brownhill slide a pass into Paterson as half-time approached and the City attacker unleashed a curling effort beyond the diving Simon Moore.

Paterson told BCTV: “I just picked the ball up on the edge and as soon as I turned I knew I was going to shoot.

“I don’t think we were really under the cosh, I think they had a good couple of opportunities that they should have probably done better with and Frankie (Frank Fielding) has pulled off a great save.

“We knew it was going to be a tough place to come. They weren’t joint third in the league for no reason.

“When we aren’t playing particularly well we are grinding results out and that’s the sign of a good team.

"They are a good side. They play with a difficult formation for us to pick off their players, they have a lot of movement, a lot of interchange so it’s difficult to get one-v-one with a man.

“We changed our formation and we scored straight away. At the end of the day we got three points and we’re happy with that.”

Jamie Paterson celebrates opening the scoring at Bramall Lane on Friday night

REACTION TO FLINT WINNER

“It’s early doors still but we go into every game trying to win the game and see where that takes us.

“The ball always seems to land at his feet and he always finishes like an out-and-out striker. His goals have been very important….it felt good and I think we deserved it.

“When they went down to ten men we, understandably, had them on the back foot. All they had was the break and they nearly got in on one occasion. In the last half an hour after they went down to  ten men I think we deserved to go and get the win after that.

FOREST AT THE GATE

Paterson will be vying to line up against his former side when Nottingham Forest visit Ashton Gate at the weekend.

The 26-year-old spent three years with Forest, which he has described as both “the best and worst times” of his footballing career.

Paterson scored against them in City’s 2-1 win at BS3 last season. Will he do it again?

He said: “It should be a good game. I left there a year-and-a-half ago now, it’s not like I left a week or two ago. I’ll treat it like any other game and we’ll go into it trying to get three points."