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Cotterill: Standards have fallen

Steve Cotterill admits Bristol City are in need of an overhaul after a 1-1 draw at Oldham saw them fall back into the relegation zone.

Oldham went ahead after five minutes when Danny Philliskirk scored his 11th goal of the season with a stunning drive from 25 yards.

But City levelled five minutes later as Oldham failed to clear Bobby Reid's corner and defender Aden Flint pounced to hook in the loose ball.

There were few real chances in a game ruined by strong winds, with Philliskirk and Gary Harkins going closest for the home side and visiting striker Tyrone Barnett forcing a rare save from Oldham keeper Mark Oxley.

Flint could have snatched a late winner for City but his close-range header flashed wide of the far post to leave his manager labelling the Robins' rebuilding as a a long-term project.

Cotterill said: "You are always chasing wins and obviously we wanted to win this one, but you have to bear in mind where the club has been heading for the last few years.

"Standards have slipped during those years and it takes time to turn all of that around.

"I suppose I'm pleased with a draw, but I'm not very patient and if we had done a few things better we could have won the game.

"We should have got a tackle in to stop the shot for Oldham's goal, so the players know my views about that. It was one of those days when the wind played havoc and it was difficult to get any sort of rhythm.

"Both sides tried to play football and I was happier with some of our play in the second half - there were a couple of great moves which would have led to excellent goals if we'd finished them off."