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Steve Cotterill set for 100th game in charge of Bristol City

14 October 2015

Steve Cotterill is set to take charge of Bristol City for the 100th time on Friday, when the Robins take on his former employers Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate.

The 51-year-old was appointed manager at Ashton Gate on 3rd December 2013, after leaving Forest in July 2012, and steadied the ship before leading the West Country club to league and cup glory in his first full season in charge.

They've struggled to get going this term, propping up the Sky Bet Championship table with seven points from 10 games, but, overall, Cotterill has a 50.51% win rate.

Here, we look at some of the significant games from his time in the Bristol City dugout...

8th December 2013: Tamworth 1-2 Bristol City (FA Cup)

A comfortable win on paper, but this was Cotterill's first game in charge when the team were low on confidence and struggling at the foot of Sky Bet League 1.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Sam Baldock scored the goals as the Robins beat non-league Tamworth 2-1, and the manager was impressed with his side.

"It was a difficult game, a tricky tie. I'd like to play more football but I'm not sure how many teams would come and do that today,” he told after the game. "The lads proved they can cope with a bombardment into the penalty area."

22nd March 2015: Walsall 0-2 Bristol City (Johnstone's Paint Trophy)

Goals from Aden Flint and Mark Little saw Cotterill's Bristol City lift the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in front of over 72,000 fans at Wembley.

It was the Robins' third Trophy triumph in their history, making them the most successful side in the competition, and it contributed to what turned out to be a near-perfect season for the club.

Read more: Bristol City beat Walsall 2-0 to win 2015 Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final

7th April 2015: Bristol City 3-0 Swindon Town (Sky Bet League 1)

Cotterill's side were closing in on the Sky Bet League 1 title and this 3-0 victory over Swindon Town saw Bristol City go eight points clear at the summit.

Kieran Agard, Joe Bryan and Aaron Wilbraham were the men on target for the Robins, and the result dealt a huge blow to their rivals' automatic promotion hopes.

14th April 2015: Bradford City 0-6 Bristol City (Sky Bet League 1)

Seven days later, after a weekend draw with Preston North End, City thumped Bradford 6-0 on the road to seal promotion to the Sky Bet Championship after a two-year absence.

By securing what was their 27th victory of the season, which took them to 92 points, Cotterill's Robins became the first Football League team to be promoted in 2014/15.

3rd May 2015: Bristol City 8-2 Walsall (Sky Bet League 1)

Bristol City didn't let up despite already being crowned champions of Sky Bet League 1 as they thumped Walsall 8-2 on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign.

They fell behind early on against the Saddlers but, from then on, it was one-way traffic, with Aden Flint (3), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (2) Kieran Agard (2) and Marlon Pack all getting on the scoresheet.

It was the club's 29th league victory of the season and ensured they finished 2014/15 on 99 points – the highest tally ever achieved in the club's history.

Don't miss it!

Find out if Steve Cotterill can record another memorable victory in his 100th game as Bristol City manager on Friday, and kick-start their season, when the Robins host Forest at Ashton Gate.

The 7.45pm kick-off is live on Sky Sports and we'll be tweeting updates on Twitter via @SkyBetChamp.

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