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Memorable wins of 2020

Nothing beats the thrill of three points, so as we head into 2021 let's take a look back at some standout victories from the last year...

QPR 0-1 Bristol City

Saturday, February 1st 2020
Sky Bet Championship
Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
Att: 13,713

Famara Diédhiou struck his tenth goal of the 2019/20 campaign to fire City to a 1-0 win over QPR at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

It was a top-drawer header in the 16th minute to secure City their fourth-consecutive win and clean sheet in the Sky Bet Championship.

Nahki Wells was well received when he came on as a second-half substitute to feature against his former team, but it was also a match which echoed the solid defensive performance shown against Reading in midweek.

QPR were relentless with their late pressure but they couldn’t break through a well-drilled City backline who again threw bodies on the line and were well positioned to deal with the danger.

 

Bristol City 3-2 Derby County

Wednesday, February 12th 2020
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Att: 20,368

City’s January recruits starred on a chilly night at Ashton Gate, helping City to a 3-2 win over Derby County.

Late first-half headers from Nahki Wells and Filip Benković – their first goals for the club - gave City the advantage at the break.

It was a lead they extended through Famara Diédhiou’s close-range strike as City looked on course for a comfortable win under the BS3 lights, but the Rams soon battled back with two goals in the final half an hour.

Martyn Waghorn grabbed the first with a header, before Chris Martin finished off a Derby counter-attack, with a close-range finish of his own.

As Derby piled men forwards, City could have added to the scores in injury time but for the post which denied Diédhiou, before substitute Andreas Weimann snatched at his late chance.

However, City would grind out the result to secure their first domestic double over Derby since the 2010/11 season, following August’s 2-1 win at Pride Park.

 

Bristol City 2-1 Hull City

Wednesday, July 8th 2020
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Att: N/A

Dean Holden guided the Robins to their first win in ten games with Jamie Paterson’s showpiece free kick helping them to a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Hull City.

The midfielder set up the opener in style, with his cushioned pass having the perfect amount of weight to find Famara Diédhiou, who set himself before firing City into the lead from close range.

Paterson’s free kick shortly into the second half was exquisite, with George Long helpless to prevent the ball from crossing the line after it crashed off the bar.

But the Tigers, who were battling to avoid the drop to League One with few games remaining, had fight in them and halved the deficit through skipper Jordy de Wijs’ header on the hour mark.

Bar a couple of Dan Bentley saves, Hull offered little threat as City did enough to see out the result and get back to winning ways; this their first points recorded since the season's resumption.

 

Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City

Saturday, July 11th, 2020
Sky Bet Championship
Riverside Stadium
Att: N/A

Two Nahki Wells goals, each 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.

 

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Bristol City

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Sky Bet Championship
City Ground
Att: N/A

Bristol City headed into the first international break of the 2020/21 season with their 100% Championship record intact, after a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

First-half goals from Andreas Weimann and Nahki Wells put City in front, though a spirited fightback from Forest began through Luke Freeman’s long-range strike.

As the rain poured, so did the hosts’ pressure as they looked to put Dean Holden’s side on the back foot in the second half, but an inspired display from Dan Bentley thwarted the likes of Lyle Taylor and Jack Colback.

Ultimately, a struggling Forest side would pay for their sluggish start as City showed grit and character to see out their fourth league win a row.

 

Cardiff City 0-1 Bristol City

Friday, November 6th 2020
Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City Stadium
Att: N/A

An early goal from Chris Martin saw City record back-to-back wins heading into the second international break of the season.

The forward tucked home from Antoine Semenyo’s cutback inside the second minute, with the vital goal enough to earn City a Severnside derby win in South Wales.

Dan Bentley was in fine form to keep the Bluebirds at bay as the hosts lacked quality in the final third, and while it wasn’t all fireworks in the Robins attack either, Dean Holden’s men would show their resilience to see out the victory.

 

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