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Steve Cotterill hails 'magnificent' Bristol City

12 February 2014

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill hailed his 'magnificent' team after they climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win at League 1 high-flyers Leyton Orient

City had stunned their opponents with two goals in the opening 12 minutes through Sam Baldock and Tyrone Barnett before Kevin Lisbie reduced the deficit just before half-time.

Orient threatened to find an equaliser dominating affairs after the interval until a third City goal scuppered their hopes when Aden Flint capitalised on an error by keeper Shwan Jalal to seal the points.

"I thought the boys were magnificent, their character and their team spirit, he said.

"In fact, since I was appointed manager they have been immaculate and it showed what a tight group they are and they thoroughly deserved their win.

"I'm really pleased, we had a fantastic following here and it's great because they can have a really good journey home now. They haven't had too many of them so it's a big thanks to them for their support.

"But it's a huge thanks to the players for their efforts because they were phenomenal. It was a tough game against Orient and this was our sixth game in 17 or 18 days and it's been really taxing on the players.

"Orient are a good team and Russell Slade has done a really good job. I like him as a man and I hope they go on to do really well this season but here it was all about us.

"The win takes us away from the relegation zone and gives us a bit of breathing space. However, it is only for a few days because we now have another huge game on Saturday at home to Tranmere."

Downcast O's boss Russell Slade said," We are naturally really disappointed.

"All credit to Bristol City but in the first half, I thought we were really poor. I thought we then came into the game and in the second half I thought we were excellent.

"Unfortunately, we conceded a goal with 15 minutes to go which has probably clinched it for them even though we tried to rally to get ourselves back into the game.

"We were unfortunate not to get back in it at 2-1 because it was one-way traffic at that stage.

"A few harsh words were said in our dressing room at half time and a few individuals needed to know. The goals we conceded were not characteristic of us, they were poor goals. The first one is a one-on-one, the second goal is a set play and the third is an error as well.

"They are not goals you want to be conceding if you want to be in the shout for a slot in the Championship. You can't concede goals like that."

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