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2 March 2014

Charlie Lee's first goal of the season not enough to earn a point at Ashton Gate

Charlie Lee felt the Gills had let Bristol City `off the hook` as the Robins clinched all three points in the final 10 minutes in a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Steve Cotterill’s men secured victory late on at Ashton Gate with Lee, who had come on at half time in place of Amine Linganzi, netting the equalizer which looked to have given the visitors a point.

However a powerful effort courtesy of Simon Gillett ensured the hosts were the ones celebrating, leaving Lee to believe the Gills had maybe taken their foot off the pedal.

Speaking after the game he said: “In the second half we put a lot of pressure on them, got the goal, we looked on top and let them off the hook.

“Maybe we dropped off, gave them too much respect and they punished us with a good finish.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to say it was good strike. Maybe we could have closed them down quicker but it was a good goal to win it.

“They are not having the season they expected but there is some real talent in their team and so when they are not having such a good one their fans do get frustrated and you have to use that.”

Charlie scored his first of the season after a corner from Myles Weston was headed back across goal by Bayo Akinfenwa, and Lee was delighted to get one on the board.

He said: “I keep getting niggles, I come back, I’m on the bench and then I get injured. I played 90 minutes in the reserves on Wednesday and scored – I came back in to the first team and got another one so hopefully it’s the start of things to come.

“The gaffer is big on set pieces and he gets us working, we have been unlucky this year. We’ve had a lot of good set piece which nearly work, this one worked and when you have someone like Akinfenwa in the box and you aim it to the far stick it’s going to be hard to defend against.

“You just have to make sure you’re on the second ball and luckily it was me.

“I’ve not scored this season, it’s been frustrating but if we need to get the results I’d rather someone else scored and we get a point or three.

“Everyone knows where you are in the league, we have had a good spell but we have let our standards drop in the last three games.

“We have to keep fighting but if we know if we play the way we can we can get plenty of points and be safe.

“We can score goals, we know that – we have a lethal strike force and other strikers on the bench and we are confident we can get results.”

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