Cotterill doesn't blame Stoke fans for the reaction

Last updated : 04 January 2005 By Rob Stanway

Cotterill said: "It was a hot reception and fully expected. I don't blame the Stoke fans.

"I'm older and wiser now but certain other people were responsible for the decision I made. I've chosen to keep a dignified silence and I'll keep it that way.

"I was just delighted with the performance of my players and this was a great result.

"We've had a good day and I will leave it at that. I don't want to open up old wounds.

"I do feel for Stoke because they have played four games over Christmas and we've played only one and a bit. That freshness did help us at the end."