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Posted Tuesday, July 27th 2021

📝 Match report: Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Bristol City

City supporters returned to the stands to watch their team in action, enjoying a City victory in the process thanks to Andreas Weimann’s second-half goal.

He scored the only goal of the game in a match where all of City’s starting XI completed the 90 minutes.

The background

This was the Robins’ penultimate pre-season friendly and the last of two games in Devon, following an earlier 4-0 win over Exeter City for a different City XI.

Supporters were also in the Barn Park Stand at Home Park, this being the first time City had played in front of their own supporters since March 2020.

What happened

After Weimann shot wide, City had the ball in the back of the net through Callum O’Dowda as he drifted into the middle, but he couldn’t quite beat the offside trap as the official’s flag went up.

The hosts grew into the game and it wasn’t long before they carved out their own opportunities. Captain Joe Edwards met a low cross but curled an effort wide, before Dan Bentley thwarted Luke Jephcott one-on-one.

City had opened the scoring against Exeter via the penalty spot – in fact they scored two penalties at the Cliff Hill Training Ground earlier in the day – but Chris Martin was denied on this occasion. O’Dowda won the penalty after he was bundled over as goalkeeper Michael Cooper tried to beat the Republic of Ireland player to a high ball. He missed completely, towering over O'Dowda and sending him to the floor but he made up for the error by saving Martin’s spot-kick.

In a period of end-to-end action, the Pilgrims countered and Bentley produced a low save at the other end, while good work from Weimann down the right allowed him to cut the ball back across the Plymouth penalty area but Martin blazed over.

Weimann made no mistake though after 55 minutes. It was great play from O’Dowda down the left who found Kasey Palmer, who inadvertently laid the ball to Weimann to open the scoring.

Argyle soon had chances to get back into it but the Robins had Bentley to thank. Substitute Niall Ennis chased a ball over the top before cutting inside and he struck a curling shot into the arms of City’s goalkeeper.

Minutes later Ennis slid in Ryan Hardie, forcing a fingertip save from Bentley on this occasion.

Palmer could have added City’s second though he stabbed a shot wide, while Plymouth had one final opportunity though again Bentley was on hand, this time catching an effort from Edwards.

Up next

The Robins host Aston Villa at Ashton Gate, the finsl game of pre-season a week before the start of the new 2021/22 season.

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City: Bentley, Vyner, Baker, Atkinson, Dasilva, James, King, Palmer, O’Dowda, Weimann,, Martin. Subs not used: Wiles-Richards, Towler, Low, Owers, Pearson, Francois, Benarous, Conway.

🎤 Post-match reaction

Nigel Pearson assesses Tuesday's Devon double as his players complete minutes against Exeter and Plymouth.

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