Banner image

I'm walking in the air - Bryan

Joe Bryan told BCTV he was 'floating' following City's shock 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The Bristolian started the ball rolling against the Premier League giants with a fine effort just after half-time, before the vistors equalised through Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Korey Smith ended up as City's hero, scoring the winner deep into stoppage time, before joining Bryan to celebrate in front of the TV cameras afterwards.

Asked about his stunning opener, Bryan told BCTV: "I don't know what happened; I made a third-man run, they didn't track me and I just hit it.

"My dad used to tell me since I was five until I was twenty 'just hit it', and it's gone in, dream come true.

"I didn't see it on the big screen, I was winded, all the boys jumped on me - I think I've broken about four ribs!"

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON BCTV

City's lead actually lasted just eight minutes before Ibrahimovic levelled with a drilled free kick.

Bryan's immediate thoughts turned to steadying the ship following the equaliser: "Don't concede again, after all the hype and with all the cameras you have to stay professional.

"We stayed calm, we stayed true to what we do and worked hard.

"Korey and Marlon controlled the game in the middle, we just kept going, that's the trademark of our team this year."

THE MATCH WINNER

With the match seemingly heading into extra time, an unlikely match winner in Smith popped up and showed ice-cool composure to slot the ball past Sergio Romero in the United goal.

The match winner told BCTV: "I don't score all the time but I've managed to bag a couple this year!

"As you can see the boys are absolutely buzzing when I do score.

"The goal was unbelievable. I said to the boys at half time when I made a run in behind they weren't tracking me, and if I did have the energy in the second-half to make the run in behind to look for me."

Smith added: "Luckily Tayls came on, fresh legs and played a great ball over the top.

"I had a similar chance on my left in the first-half but it was a bit under me so I thought let me just touch it and get the shot off as soon as I could.

"It's unbelievable. I'm in shock."

ASHTON GATE WENT "CRAZY"

Bryan was quick to praise the atmosphere generated by supporters in a sold out Ashton Gate: "That was crazy, they really got behind us tonight and they're the ones who should take credit for the win, they drove us to it."

Smith summed up City's incredible cup run and the focus for the coming weeks: "We've beaten four Premiership teams to get to the semi-finals, it's an amazing day for the club and the supporters.

"We're in the semi-final of a major cup competition, but our main focus is the league, we've got to recover for a big game on Saturday."

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS ON BCTV

Related News

Carabao Cup semi-final dates confirmed

Carabao Cup semi-final dates confirmed

Posted: Thursday, December 21st 2017

Johnson lands LMA award for cup upset

Johnson lands LMA award for cup upset

Posted: Thursday, December 21st 2017

Gallery: Bristol City 2-1 Manchester United

Gallery: Bristol City 2-1 Manchester United

Posted: Wednesday, December 20th 2017

Latest News

Highlights: Bristol City 0-1 Middlesbrough

Highlights: Bristol City 0-1 Middlesbrough

Posted: Wednesday, October 21st 2020

‘It was an off night’ – Holden

‘It was an off night’ – Holden

Posted: Tuesday, October 20th 2020

Report: Bristol City 0-1 Middlesbrough

Report: Bristol City 0-1 Middlesbrough

Posted: Tuesday, October 20th 2020

Rowe ready for busy schedule

Rowe ready for busy schedule

Posted: Tuesday, October 20th 2020

Also from Bristol Sport

Trio join up with England ahead of Quilter Cup clash
Rugby icon

Trio join up with England ahead of Quilter Cup clash

Ben Earl, Max Malins and Kyle Sinckler have joined up with the England squad as they prepare for the game against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21st 2020 • Rugby

Bristol Sport Foundation, Feeding Bristol and Square Food Foundation Partner to Tackle Food Insecurity and Inactivity
Community icon

Bristol Sport Foundation, Feeding Bristol and Square Food Foundation Partner to Tackle Food Insecurity and Inactivity

Recently Bristol Sport Foundation (BSF) announced a new partnership with Feeding Bristol to build on the work that was started over lockdown to try to tackle food insecurity and inactivity in Bristol.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21st 2020 • Community

An open letter from Chairman, Chris Booy
Rugby icon

An open letter from Chairman, Chris Booy

Chairman Chris Booy reflects on a memorable 2019/20 season and looks ahead to the future.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21st 2020 • Rugby

Download Challenge Cup winners wallpaper for mobile and desktop
Rugby icon

Download Challenge Cup winners wallpaper for mobile and desktop

Download your desktop or mobile wallpaper of the Bristol Bears' Challenge Cup trophy winning squad.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21st 2020 • Rugby

One for the history books: Mark Hoskins
Rugby icon

One for the history books: Mark Hoskins

Club historian, Mark Hoskins reflects on a memorable season for the club and where it ranks among Bristol's greatest.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21st 2020 • Rugby