Bristol City goal hero Marvin Elliott overcomes altitude and jet lag to fell Forest
Bristol City goal hero Marvin Elliott shot down Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate and then celebrated by getting some well-earned shut-eye.
Elliott only returned to Bristol on Friday afternoon following a gruelling trip to Mexico where he represented Jamaica in a crucial World Cup qualifier in midweek.
The midfielder helped the Reggae Boys gain a creditable 0-0 against the Mexicans in the Estadio Azteca on Wednesday before embarking upon a 14-hour return flight to London.
He turned up in Bristol late on Friday afternoon and told City head coach Sean O'Driscoll in brief conversation on the telephone that he was ready to play his part against Forest.
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Selected to start and handed the captaincy, Elliott produced a typically powerful performance in the middle of the park and scored a goal to help the Robins carve out a crucial 2-0 victory at Ashton Gate.
He told The Post: "I'm ready to go to bed right now!
"It was an important game for Jamaica and I'm really glad I went and feel humble that I played, but it was a long way.
"To be honest, it was not just the travelling that took a toll, I also experienced being at altitude for the first time in my life.
"When I first trained out in Mexico City last Monday, I could not believe what was going on. I was struggling to catch my breath and it felt really weird.
"I'd never experienced anything like it before and it took me a couple of days to acclimatise and get used to it. Everybody felt the same and we were all thinking 'how are we going to get through the game?'
"I had to play 90 minutes and then catch the flight back, by which stage the time difference was kicking in for me. But it was never in mind not to play against Nottingham Forest."
Elliott was given the green light to play after doing a warm-up with City's fitness staff on Saturday morning and showing no ill-effects.
He said: "I did a bit of running and some stretching and felt fine. There was no way I was not going to play.
"Being captain was a bonus and scoring a goal was another. But the main thing was the performance.
"I don't think we could have played like that a few weeks ago and we are a happy bunch of players tonight."