- English Football League - Championship
- Friday, February 7th 2020
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 1-3 Birmingham City
Friday, February 7th 2020
City’s mini winning run in the Sky Bet Championship came to an end as Birmingham City fought from behind to snatch the three points at Ashton Gate.
City were up and running after just 40 second when Jamie Paterson capitalised on a defensive error before tucking the ball home.
But Birmingham turned the tide with two first-half goals, as Scott Hogan levelled from close range before an unfortunate deflection saw Andreas Weimann divert the ball into his own goal.
Chances were few and far between after the interval and despite a handful of late opportunities for the Robins, the away side rubbed salt into the wounds with Lukas Jutkiewicz’s late strike.
Lee Johnson named an unchanged starting XI from the weekend’s win at QPR, with new signings Nahki Wells, Markus Henriksen and Filip Benković all named on the bench.
And his team were quick to get going too, with the lead coming inside a minute with Paterson’s third goal in five games!
Jack Hunt’s long throw went over the head of Famara Diédhiou and Marc Roberts’ attempt at a backpass to his keeper was too light, allowing the lightning-quick Paterson to latch on to the ball, round Lee Camp and coolly slot home.
It was the perfect start which almost got that little bit sweeter when Weimann got into a good position but couldn’t keep his shot down, while Ashley Williams was in the right place at the right time to block a close-range shot from Jude Bellingham.
The opening minutes had promised much from a side seeking to extend their unbeaten Championship run to five matches, however the visitors were soon level with Hogan’s second goal in as many games for his loan club. It came on the counter attack and Jeremie Bela had too much for Jay Dasilva, before firing a shot on goal which Dan Bentley parried. Unfortunately for the City keeper, the ball fell to Hogan who had the easiest of tasks of putting the ball in the net.
And the Blues had their second goal just seven minutes later, albeit through fortuitous circumstances. Bellingham was the threat again and his cross took a wicked deflection off the head of Weimann, who saw the ball fizz beyond Bentley into the net.
It meant the Robins would be behind at the break and a reaction would be needed to keep their good form intact.
Yet City struggled to put threatening attacks together, while Pep Clotet’s side looked happy to sit back for the most part. It led to a change of shape and both Wells and Benković were handed their first BS3 run outs with Dasilva and Hunt sacrificed, while Ádám Nagy soon brought fresh legs as Han-Noah Massengo’s replacement.
They went close with 15 minutes of the match remaining when Diédhiou slipped in Paterson who, from a difficult angle, couldn’t get enough spin on the ball with a shot that drifted wide of the far post.
Finally, the Robins were able to build a spell of pressure with the home crowd right behind them as they pressed in the final third, with an equaliser almost falling to Diédhiou who was off-balance. The chance came after Williams chipped a lovely ball through to the striker, who chested the ball under control but his outstretched leg couldn’t quite connect and he poked the ball over the bar.
Williams headed over as City again went close to a fightback but Birmingham extended their lead in injury time, with Jutkiewicz scoring from close distance following a route-one punt from Camp.
City return to BS3 when they host Derby County on Wednesday night (February 12th, 7.45pm KO).
- Paterson (1') , Weimann (30' og)
- Jack Hunt, Jay Dasilva, Han-Noah Massengo
- Hogan (23') , Jutkiewicz (92')
- Jude Bellingham, Jérémie Bela, Scott Hogan