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‘The perfect away performance’ – Paterson

Jamie Paterson made a dream return to the Robins at the DW Stadium, grabbing a goal and an assist in City’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic.

The attacking midfielder came on at half-time, with just minutes between his opening goal and the assist for Famara Diédhiou’s which doubled the Robins’ lead.

“It’s good to be back,” City’s number 20 said, following his first club appearance since his recall from loan at Derby County. “Coming on at half-time and it’s a difficult game so to get a goal and an assist is a perfect start for me to come back to.

“In games like these it’s about getting your foot in, being patient and staying in the game. Away from home, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing away from home, and it’s a perfect away performance.”

Paterson said it was a gamble which paid off as he latched on to Diédhiou’s pass before slotting under David Marshall to put City ahead on 76 minutes.

It was then Paterson who teed up the Senegal striker on 79 minutes to secure the three points in style.

"In games like these it’s about getting your foot in, being patient and staying in the game. Away from home, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing away from home, and it’s a perfect away performance."

Jamie Paterson

Describing the goals, he said: “Fam’s turned, I’ve gambled, he’s played it through the defender’s legs and I’m through one-on-one there, then it’s about instinct and trying to put it in the bag of the net and gladly it went in.

“The second one, someone played a diagonal [pass], I’ve seen Fam make a good run and I’ve left in the space for him and it’s a great run.

“The clean sheet breeds confidence from the lads at the back. That’s their job, they’re happy to get the clean sheet and we’re happy to score and assist goals. Today was a perfect result after a few tough results and hopefully we can kick on now with a few good results.”

Next for the Robins is a chance to progress in the Emirates FA Cup. A potential fourth round tie with Liverpool awaits, following a winner-takes-all third round replay at Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.

When asked if the win at Wigan will help heading into the game, Paterson agreed “100 per cent.”

He added: “Everyone knows the carrot there: if you beat Shrewsbury you’ve got Liverpool, be it their Under-23s or first team, we don’t care. I watched the Everton versus Liverpool game the other day and they (Liverpool) played them off the park. It’s Liverpool at the end of the day, I’m a Liverpool fan so it would be a good occasion.”