Report: Bristol City 0-3 Leeds United
Saturday, October 21st 2017
Bristol City’s unbeaten run has come to an end after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United.
A first half brace from Samuel Saiz did the damage, with Pierre-Michel Lasogga adding the third as both teams ended the game with ten men.
The away side have now climbed above City in the Sky Bet Championship, in a game which was witnessed by a bumper crowd at Ashton Gate.
City head coach Lee Johnson made five changes to the side that drew against Burton Albion last week.
Jens Hegeler started in defence with Nathan Baker injured and Marlon Pack stepped in to replace Korey Smith. Jonathan Leko and Callum O’Dowda operated the wide areas, with Cauley Woodrow given the nod ahead of Famara Diédhiou.
Leeds were ahead inside four minutes after Samuel Saiz saw his shot deflect beyond Frank Fielding. Aden Flint's attempted clearance was charged down and the ball rebounded to Pierre-Michel Lasogga. He drifted into the area, held the ball up before laying it off to Saiz, whose effort found the back of the net.
City were on the back foot and found themselves 2-0 down when Saiz grabbed his second goal on the quarter-hour mark. Flint had dived in to wrap his legs around the ball in the box but the towering defender couldn’t get enough of his body onto it. Fielding tried to kick the ball away but his clearance fell straight to the lurking Saiz, whose shot found the back of the net.
City were stunned but failed to roll over. Just a minute later O’Dowda managed to swing a cross in from the left-hand side and Bobby Reid connected with a header which went just wide of Lonergan’s goal.
Calls for a penalty were then waived away by referee Oliver Langford when Jonathan Leko went down in the Leeds box, before Marlon Pack blasted a shot off target.
Leeds looked to add a third immediately after the restart with Lasogga in among the chances for the visitors. Fielding got down well to deny him first, before the striker somehow poked a stretched shot wide with the goal gaping. Flint then blocked another Lasogga effort just moments later while at the other end, Hegeler rose to meet a Brownhill cross which was placed into the hands of Lonergan.
But Lasogga did add a third on 68 minutes after he towered above City’s defence to header in a Kalvin Phillips corner.
And tempers flared as the game entered its final ten minutes. City substitute Matty Taylor went down under a challenge from Gaetano Berardi who was given his marching orders from Langford for the clash. But Taylor was also sent off in the aftermath, with words exchanged by several players.
City refused to give up but the hosts were unable to bridge the scoring gap.
The result ends City’s unbeaten run as their attentions now turn to their Carabao Cup tie against Crystal Palace on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Attendance: 24,435 (3,717 away).