- English Football League - Championship
- Wednesday, October 24th 2018
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 1-0 Hull City
Wednesday, October 24th 2018
City struck with another late goal to secure back-to-back wins in the Sky Bet Championship, courtesy of a Famara Diédhiou header.
It seemed as though their pressure wouldn’t turn to goals on the night but when substitute Matty Taylor’s added time effort was parried by David Marshall, Diédhiou was alert to head the ball over the line.
The post would deny a largely dominant Bristol City from opening the scoring earlier, when Josh Brownhill tried his luck in the first half.
The Robins looked confident at both ends of the field at Ashton Gate, with keeper Max O’Leary again assured between the sticks and Marlon Pack denied by a good save from the Tigers’ shotstopper under the lights in BS3.
Johnson named three changes to the side which kicked-off City’s 1-0 win at Brentford just days earlier, with a return for Tomas Kalas as well as starts for Jay Dasilva and Senegal striker Diédhiou.
Both keepers were alert in the early exchanges, with O’Leary the first to be called into action with a superb stop to push away Jarrod Bowen’s strike, before Marshall tipped away a Niclas Eliasson effort at the other end.
The winger looked fresh and full of confidence after netting his first league goal for City at the weekend, and he caused trouble again after wriggling past two Hull defenders. He managed to get a shot off from wide right which Marshall could only palm away, wrong-footing Diédhiou who went close to tapping in the rebound,
City were looking comfortable, their passing moves were clear to see but the Tigers soon grew into the game themselves, Kamil Grosicki firing a dangerous ball across the face of goal, before Bowen linked up with the Poland international and stabbed a shot a whisker wide of O’Leary’s goal.
Jamie Paterson went close to breaking the deadlock when he twisted and turned on the edge of the area before shooting wide with Marshall at full stretch.
But the woodwork was the closest City came to opening the scoring, when Andreas Weimann found Brownhill, with the midfielder’s effort smacking the post.
It may have been a confident first half from the hosts, but Nigel Adkins’ side went close themselves with the first talking point of the second half, when Tommy Elphick headed inches wide from a corner.
However, City looked on top from there on in, with only a cutting edge in the final third missing as the game developed and a finger-tip save from Marshall would deny Pack’s downward strike, with Diédhiou firing wide shortly after.
But with seven minutes added on at the end of regular time, City’s pressure finally told. They burst forward thanks to the energetic Taylor, who forced a good stop from Marshall but Diédhiou reacted the quickest to guide the ball over the line, despite the efforts of a recovering Hull defender.
Taylor went close to doubling City’s lead but was denied by Marshall once more, however the final whistle shortly followed to confirm City’s rise up the table to eighth.
Johnson's side return to BS3 on Saturday when they host recently relegated Stoke City.
Photography by JMPUK.
- Diedhiou (93')
- Jamie Paterson, Niclas Eliasson, Andreas Weimann
- Reece Burke, Jordy de Wijs, Chris Martin