Bristol City fan column: Good start to League One campaign continues

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CITY made it two wins out of two in the league with a closely fought 2-1 victory over Colchester United at Ashton Gate last Saturday.

The visitors had taken an early lead when Moncur took advantage of some poor defending from City. Cunningham, who had a very disappointing first half, gave the ball away in the area far too easily.

City huffed and puffed for the rest of the first period without really creating much. But we made the perfect start to the second half as Wilbraham equalised within a minute of the restart following good work from Freeman and Cunningham.

Even then City didn’t really kick-on, but the introduction on 65 minutes of Marlon Pack changed that. Pack gave City some much-needed control and sat in front of the back four, pinging accurate passes forward and finally making us look like we could break Colchester down. When it came though, the winner was simplistic. Elliott’s floated corner ball was met by the head of Wilbraham with the end result never in doubt.

On Tuesday night City played out a goalless draw with last season’s play-off finalists Leyton Orient at Ashton Gate. In truth, the touch paper was never really lit in a game where both defences came out on top.

It was nevertheless pleasing to see us keep a clean sheet against an Orient side filled with attacking options. Flint was excellent for City at the back and Fielding made a couple of crucial saves when called upon.

Manager Cotterill was left fuming after the game as City appeared to have a perfectly good second half goal disallowed. Pack’s dangerous corner appeared to be punched into the Orient net by their keeper with no City player fouling him.

Whilst a win would’ve been fantastic, a draw was probably a fair result. Before the start of the season I’d have definitely taken seven points from our opening three games and we now have two winnable away games at Rochdale this Saturday and then Notts County the following Sunday. Here’s hoping we can keep the undefeated run going.

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