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Bristol City seal promotion in style and manager Steve Cotterill targets further success

15 April 2015

Bristol City hadn't registered a league victory at Bradford City since 1908, before they turned on the style to secure promotion to the Sky Bet Championship with a 6-0 success at Valley Parade.

The resounding win – their 27th of the season – took them 13 points clear of third-placed Milton Keynes Dons in Sky Bet League 1 and 10 clear of Preston North End, in second.

Under the guidance of Steve Cotterill, the Robins have been transformed, culminating in their return to the Championship after a two-year absence.

Cotterill took over 16 months ago when the club were sitting 23rd in the League 1 standings, in danger of suffering back-to-back relegations.

But the former Cheltenham Town, Burnley and Nottingham Forest chief lifted the doom and gloom at Ashton Gate and they finished last term 12th.

This time around, they started with a 2-1 win at fellow promotion-chasers Sheffield United and didn't taste defeat in the league until mid-November.

We are going up!

— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) April 14, 2015
Their latest undefeated run stands at 12 league matches – 13 if you include their Johnstone's Paint Trophy success at Wembley against Walsall – and one victory from their remaining three matches would see them become only the second side to win the third-tier title and the Football League Trophy in the same year.

“Hopefully it’s the start of something big for Bristol City,” Cotterill told the club's official website after the 6-0 thumping.

“We’re really pleased, but what we want is the title. Saturday will be a fantastic occasion at Ashton Gate.

“Our supporters have been magnificent at home and away this season. I can’t speak highly enough of them – to have as many as we had here tonight on a Tuesday at Bradford from Bristol.

“It’s not like it’s just up the M5 and up the M6. The amount of motorways you have to go across to get here is unbelievable.

“We’re going to go to some good clubs and if we can replicate our football a level up, that will be great.”

PROMOTION!!!! ❤️🔥⚽️🎉🎊💥

— Aden Flint (@AFlint4) April 14, 2015

Proud moment for Myself, My family, The team and the @bcfctweets fans. I'm so blessed to help the lads to promotion🙌🏾

— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 14, 2015

Buzzing what a night and what a performance now let's go win the league on Saturday at Ashton gate and make it the DOUBLE #COYR

— Scott Murray (@Scotty_Murray) April 14, 2015
See if Bristol City can secure the Sky Bet League 1 title on Saturday by following the goal action on our divisional Twitter feed via @SkyBetLeague1. Robins fans, get following @SkyBetChamp ahead of next season!

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