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2019/20 Season highlights part 1

City can look back on numerous highlights in the season so far.

And with the current campaign halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we look back over those memorable moments to date.

From team performance to personal player highlights, there have certainly been a few…

Off the mark

Tommy Rowe made the perfect introduction when he smashed in the all-important equaliser on his debut versus Birmingham City back in August. With Jay Dasilva injured, Rowe had arrived from Doncaster to fill the left-back slot. City were searching a goal to tie the game after Lukas Jutkiewicz had put the Blues ahead and Kasey Palmer’s eye-of-the-needle ball was perfect for the advancing Rowe who blasted the ball into the far corner of the goal.

Pedro Pereira, Ádám Nagy and Benik Afobe would also make their debuts in this match, the latter two scoring their first goals for the club in City’s 2-0 win against QPR, their first victory of the campaign, a week later.

Unbeaten streak

That win over the R’s was the first of nine consecutive matches unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship and included three wins on the spin in August (a run replicated in January and February: Barnsley (H) 2-0, Reading (A) 1-0, QPR (1-0)).

Afobe scored a brace against Hull City and Taylor Moore scored his first ever goal for the club in the 3-3 draw at Preston North End. Nathan Baker was also on the scoresheet at Deepdale, grabbing his first Robins goal since the 2017/18 Carabao Cup win over Plymouth Argyle and his first in the league since his loan spell from Aston Villa in 2015/16.

Nine unbeaten (August-October):

  • QPR (H) 2-0
  • Derby County (A) 2-1
  • Hull City (A) 3-1
  • Middlesbrough (H) 2-2
  • Stoke City (A) 2-1
  • Swansea City (H) 0-0
  • Preston North End (A) 3-3
  • Brentford (A) 1-1
  • Reading (H) 1-0

Maximum points

Beating the same opponent home and away is a big ask yet City have earned double wins over QPR, Derby County and Reading.

QPR at Ashton Gate was City’s first taste of three points for the season – and revenge for a midweek Carabao Cup exit – with Famara Diédhiou’s header the difference at Loftus Road at the start of February, a game which saw Nahki Wells come off the City bench to make his debut against his former loan club.

Josh Brownhill and Andreas Weimann were on the scoresheet at Pride Park in August, while Wells, Filip Benković and Diédhiou helped the Robins to a close 3-2 win over Derby under the Ashton Gate lights.

Meanwhile, Dan Bentley kept clean sheets in both 1-0 victories over Reading. The first of those came courtesy of another Diédhiou header in BS3, before a solid display at the Madejski Stadium in late January where Jamie Paterson scored his second goal for the side since returning from loan.

Keep your eyes peeled on the club website for part two of our season highlights to date, including stand-out stats and THAT win in South Wales...

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