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Posted Monday, October 19th 2020

MansionBet Match Preview: Middlesbrough (H)

City return to BS3 looking to stretch their unbeaten Sky Bet Championship run to six games in a Tuesday night test against Middlesbrough.

Get the lowdown on Bristol City v Boro with the match preview brought you in partnership with MansionBet...

Barnsley may have halted City's winning start to the 2020/21 Championship yet Dean Holden's men can return to Ashton Gate with their unbeaten record still in tact.

A last-gasp penalty - awarded in controversial circumstances - scored by Cauley Woodrow meant a share of the spoils at Oakwell on Saturday, as the Tykes battled back to earn a fifth consecutive 2-2 draw in this fixture on Yorkshire soil.

After falling behind to an early header, City had come flying out out of the traps in the second half with goals from Jack Hunt and a first for Tyreeq Bakinson showcasing the kind of performance levels Dean Holden is demanding of the group.

And while they were pegged back to draw via that final kick of the game, there were plenty of pleasing signs. But in terms of the result, it was viewed as City's first "bump on the nose" in the league and Tuesday night's encounter at home to Middlesbrough is seen as a chance to bounce back with three points.

City are still top of the Championship in these early stages and come up against a Neil Warnock side which has struggled for find consistency so far.

An opening night defeat to Watford, followed by a second round Carabao Cup exit to Barnsley, has been followed up with with three draws and a win. That only win of the league so far came against Barnsley where a late Woodrow penalty on that occasion proved too little too late.

Yet the experienced Warnock has already been on the receiving end of defeat to Holden, with the Robins head coach, then working in an interim basis, steering City to a 3-1 win at the Riverside during the 2019/20 restart.

Match details

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 7.45pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistants: Lee Venamore and Andrew Fox
Fourth official: Mark Pottage

Max O'Leary started ahead the injured Dan Bentley at Oakwell

Down Memory Lane

Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City
Riverside
Saturday, July 11th 2020
Sky Bet Championship

Two Nahki Wells goals, either side of Jamie Paterson rifling home his second strike in as many games, fired City back to within three points of the play-offs in a convincing 3-1 win away to Middlesbrough.

Dean Holden’s men oozed confidence at the Riverside Stadium where Wells opened the scoring inside the sixth minute with a beautiful strike away from the keeper.

Boro hit the bar through heroics from Dan Bentley but Paterson scored a rocket from a narrow angle with City in control at half-time.

And they added to Middlesbrough’s pain when Wells notched home his fifth goal in City colours, before Britt Assombalonga rolled in a late consolation for the relegation-threatened hosts.

 

Jumping for joy: Wells bagged a brace

Head to head*

Bristol City v Middlesbrough

Played: 81
City won: 26 (32%)
Drew: 22
City lost: 33

Bristol City goals: 16
Middlesbrough goals: 8

Top goalscorers
Bristol City: Paterson (3)
Middlesbrough: Akpom (2)

Bristol City most assists: Martin (4)
Middlesbrough most assists: PcNair (2)

Bristol City Clean sheets: 4
Middlesbrough clean sheets: 1

League positions
Bristol City: 1st
Middlesbrough: 15th

*All competitions unless stated

Jack Hunt scored City's first v Barnsley on Saturday
And Tyreeq Bakinson netted his first club goal

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