Sheffield United: City intent on revenge

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill is "happy" to visit Bramall Lane on the opening day of the new season
Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill is "happy" to visit Bramall Lane on the opening day of the new season
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Manager Steve Cotterill and his Bristol City players will be intent on revenge against Sheffield United tomorrow.

The match at Bramall Lane, which marks the start of the new League One season, sees the visitors return to the scene of their worst defeat since the former Burnley and Portsmouth chief took charge eight months ago.

Cotterill, who labelled City’s performance en route to February’s 3-0 reverse as “abysmal”, said: “I had a funny feeling we’d get Sheffield United on the opening day. I was thinking about it (before the fixtures were unveiled) and just had a hunch it would be them.

“Of course it gives us a chance to put on a better performance than we managed last time. I think we had one player perform to his potential on the day and you don’t win football matches like that.

“I’m quite happy with that for an opening fixture because it does give us a chance to right some wrongs early in the season. It will be a good marker for the team.”

Like United, who could award debuts to a host of new players, City are expected to mount a strong challenge for promotion after failing to realise their potential last term with Wade Elliott and Luke Freeman among those arriving at Ashton Gate this summer.

“I know the fans will travel in numbers to Sheffield on the opening day,” added Cotterill. “It should be a great one to kick the season off with.

“The way the fixtures have fallen, I’m happy being away in the first game and at home for the final game of the season. It wasn’t very nice having the season end away from home in May.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1