Steve Cotterill said he was glad he did not have to face Rochdale every week after a 1-0 win lifted Bristol City eight points clear.
Aaron Wilbraham headed his 15th goal of the season as Bristol City beat Rochdale 1-0 to open up an eight-point gap at the top.
Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Bristol City and Rochdale at Ashton Gate.
Colchester have signed defender Karleigh Osborne on loan from League One rivals Bristol City until the end of the season.
Steve Cotterill was delighted with Bristol City after they bounced back from defeat with a hard-earned 3-1 victory at Doncaster.
Bristol City returned to form to strengthen their grip at the top of the League One table with a hard-fought 3-1 win at Doncaster.
Team news for Tuesday evening's League One clash between Doncaster Rovers and Bristol City at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill bemoaned his side's sluggish start after they were beaten 3-2 at struggling Colchester.