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Posted Wednesday, March 3rd 2021

MansionBet Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth (H)

Midweek action under the lights returns to Ashton Gate when City host AFC Bournemouth.

In association with City's Principal Partner MansionBet, we take a closer look at the match...

A lot can happen in the space of a week which in City’s case has meant a new manager and a return to winning ways.

That run of seven defeats slips to the back of the mind after consecutive wins on the road against Middlesbrough and Swansea City, respectively.

Both teams sit above the Robins with Boro chasing the top six, while the Swans sit fourth in the standings. It’s these kinds of tests which show what credentials you are made of, and City have come out with maximum points.

Both performances were different. At the Riverside it was a fast, pressing start which helped City put the Smoggies on the backfoot, while a well-drilled defensive second half ensured there would be little to threaten their lead as the hosts tried to battle back.

It was a little different at the Liberty Stadium, where the Swans enjoyed more domination and led from the penalty spot before City, having changed shape, rose up the gears to put the game to bed. But on both occasions, it was about creating and taking their chances when it mattered, with six goals scored across both games.

Highlights: Bristol City v Swansea

 

 

When Nigel Pearson gathered the players and staff for a pitchside huddle after the full-time whistle in South Wales on Saturday, it was clear to see this is a side with its confidence back. Now they have to bring that mindset, that positivity and belief back to Ashton Gate where another play-off opponent in Bournemouth lie in wait.

They say good things come in threes and a third consecutive win in the league will ensure a 100% winning start for Pearson, on his first game in charge of City at Ashton Gate.

Bournemouth have a new head coach themselves with Jonathan Woodgate at the helm after Jason Tindall’s departure last month. The former defender was placed in temporary charge of first team duties after defeat to Sheffield Wednesday but has since been awarded the job through to the end of the season.

Woodgate would steer the Cherries unbeaten in his first four matches, though he suffered defeats to QPR and in-form Cardiff City before Saturday’s narrow win over Watford. And they can certainly thank their early good form for enabling them to stay within the top six pack, after only three defeats before the turn of the year.

The win over Watford was a game remembered for its 90th minute scrap which led to Jack Wilshere’s sending off meaning he will miss the trip to BS3 on Wednesday night, though it looks set to be a first return to his old stomping ground for Academy graduate Lloyd Kelly.

It’s certainly a clash supporters won’t want to miss though as Pearson takes to the City dugout for the first time, with the action to be streamed live on Robins TV. At the time of writing, only Stoke sit between the sides, with a home win on Wednesday potentially taking City above both the Potters and Bournemouth as they continue to hunt down the play-offs.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
When: Wednesday, March 3rd, 7.45pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Mark Scholes and Daniel Robathan
Fourth official: John Brooks

DOWN MEMORY LANE

AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Bristol City
Vitality Stadium
Tuesday, February 26th, 2006
League One

Phil Jevons headed his fifth goal of the season to give Bristol City their fourth successive victory.

Jevons found the net from Lee Johnson's left-wing cross after 70 minutes.

Leon Best had Bournemouth's best chance to equalise and snatch a point, but the on-loan Southampton striker could not turn the ball in from close range.

Substitute Danny Hollands tried to get Bournemouth back in the game, but his two long-range efforts went harmlessly wide and the Robins sealed the win.

Jevons marks his goal on the South Coast

HEAD TO HEAD*

Bristol City v AFC Bournemouth

Played: 88
City won: 37 (42%)
Drew: 24
City lost: 27

Bristol City goals: 42
Bournemouth goals: 56

Bristol City top goalscorer: Famara Diédhiou (10)
Bournemouth top goalscorers: Dominic Solanke and Junior Stanislas (10)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)
Bournemouth most assists: David Brooks and Adam Smith (5)

Bristol City clean sheets: 9
Bournemouth clean sheets: 15

League positions
Bristol City: 11th (45 points)
Bournemouth: 6th (52 points)

*All competitions unless stated

Kasey Palmer scored direct from a corner on Saturday
Antoine Semenyo struck his first league goal for the Robins too

Robins TV

City v the Cherries will be streamed live on Robins TV, complete with a multi-angle and multi-replay production in-game. with the Matchday Show starting at 7.15pm.

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