Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Jamie Paterson expressed his pure delight in helping his new employers overcome his former club in dramatic fashion at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
Lee Johnson’s side trailed through Apostolos Vellios’ effort, but second-half strikes from Tammy Abraham and ex-Forest playmaker Paterson turned the game on its head.
It was City’s fourth successive win in all competitions and they now head into the two-week international break in the play-off zone.
“Personally it couldn’t have gone any better; to score the winner against your former club, it’s like it is written in the stars,” he told Bristol City Player HD after the weekend success.
“I’m more happy though to have scored my first goal for the club, but it always makes it that little bit sweater when it’s against your former team.
“I had a lot of friends on the pitch so it was a weird game for me, but when I look back at it now, it’s like a dream come true.
“I actually can’t remember the goal – it was a bit of a blur. I think the ball dropped to me, I struck it low, and it ended up in the bottom corner. I then did about 15 laps of the pitch – it was a great feeling.
“The emotion came out of me at the end. I don’t play for Nottingham Forest anymore, I play for Bristol City, so whenever I score I will be celebrating.”
Despite climbing to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship, the 24-year-old isn’t getting carried away with the team’s performances, but insists he is encouraged by the quality on display in BS3.
He added: “We won’t win every game this season, we are going to be in bad spells, but not many teams win four games in a row, so it shows we are a good team.
“We also had a slightly different team to usual (with the four changes made to the starting line-up), so it shows we can mix it up and still win.
“Forest have some class individuals, it has always been the case. Henri Lansbury is one of the best center-midfielders in the league for me, so it’s good to beat Nottingham Forest, as it is never an easy game.
“I can’t remember the last time I played four 90 minutes in a row. I felt a bit leggy out there (on Saturday) but the gaffer kept me on the pitch and I ended up repaying him.”
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