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Steve Cotterill hails 'big' Bristol City win

18 January 2015

Steve Cotterill described Bristol City's 2-0 victory at Scunthorpe United as one of their biggest wins of the season.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fired them in front from the penalty spot after 35 minutes and midfield man Luke Freeman finally made the game safe with a second goal five minutes from time.

It came against an in-form Scunthorpe side who suffered their first league defeat in eight games after losing two goalkeepers, each with a suspected broken arm, in the first half.

First-choice custodian Sam Slocombe lasted just eight minutes and his replacement Jamie Severn was stretchered off half an hour later.

It left centre-back Andy Boyce to take over the gloves for nearly an hour as a makeshift keeper.

"If anything them losing their two goalkeepers made our task even more difficult," insisted City boss Cotterill.

"It got the crowd up against us. But there can be absolutely no blame on my players for the injuries to the two goalkeepers.  If anything we were not aggressive enough in parts of our play.

"We always knew this was going to be a tough game at Scunthorpe.

"If we achieve what we want to achieve at the end of the season, we will look back on this as three big points for us.

"Not many teams will get much here. I think this is one of our biggest wins of the season.

"But we did have the chances to make things much easier for ourselves before Luke Freeman finally got us the second goal."

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