Steve Cotterill: Bristol City boss says squad suffering 'hangover'

Steve Cotterill
Steve Cotterill has been in charge of Bristol City since December 2013

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill says his players are suffering a hangover from last season's success.

City romped to the League One title, but lost Saturday's Championship opener before being dumped out of the League Cup by League Two Luton on Tuesday.

"We look like there is a hangover from last season and I don't quite know why," Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol.

"If there was a hangover on 4 May I'd understand as it would be gone by 5 May, but we are months down the line."

In particular Cotterill says his side, who scored over 100 goals in all competitions last season, lack a threat up front - and admits communication with new French signing Jonathan Kodjia is proving difficult.

"We are still doing the same things as last season without putting the ball in the net," he said.

"We haven't quite had that cutting edge in the final third. The injury to Kieran Agard hasn't helped. We haven't got Jonathan Kodjia up to speed yet.

"He shows us glimpses but it is very difficult. We can't have a proper conversation at this moment in time. He is doing really, really well with his English, but it's not quick enough.

"We've had the injury to Mark Little and, where we were lucky last season in not having any, we are having all of them this season. We've got to try to get over that, stay strong and keep our spirit - which 100% we will do.

"They are top lads. They are good players, they will adjust and the goals will return and when they do everybody will think 'Why did we not get goals in that period?' I think they can do it and they will do it."

The Robins are hoping to complete a deal for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle before Saturday's league match against Brentford, having had an undisclosed bid accepted for the 24-year-old.

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