Bristol City star Paul Anderson seizes his big chance
Derek McInnes feels Bristol City fans are at long last seeing Paul Anderson at his best.
Signed from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer last summer, the Midlander has had to wait patiently in the wings for an opportunity to impress.
Handed his first Championship start at Ipswich on December 22, Anderson seized his opportunity with both hands, playing his part in a creditable 1-1 draw on the road.
And he improved upon that performance against Peterborough on Saturday, scoring a goal, creating another for Sam Baldock and ripping the visitors apart with his pace and movement to inspire a memorable 4-2 home win.
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City manager McInnes told The Post: "Paul has suffered with us playing 4-4-2 and Martyn Woolford starting the season brilliantly.
"He much prefers to play on the left rather than the right hand side of the pitch and he has had to be patient.
"All credit to him, because he is a fantastic team-mate and a great boy to work with. His season is starting now, there is a real hunger about him and he is determined to take his chance."
Anderson opened the scoring after just five minutes and could easily have finished the game with a hat-trick.
McInnes added: "Even though he plays off the left-hand side, he still gets in central positions enough to be a goal threat. He missed a few chances today and probably scored his hardest one, a great finish.
"I spoke to him before the game and I knew he had the intelligence to play the role. When the ball went out wide to Richard Foster and Albert Adomah we wanted him to make incisive runs, because we felt his pace and energy would move Peterborough out of their shape.
"We toyed with the idea of putting a passer in there like Neil Kilkenny or Bobby Reid, but we just felt it needed more pace and someone who was willing to run into space. That is Paul Anderson to a tee."