• English Football League - Championship
  • Saturday, December 2nd 2017
  • Ashton Gate
Club Badge Bristol City 2
Club Badge Middlesbrough 1

Match Report

James Crawley

James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate

Posted Saturday, December 2nd 2017

Banner image

Report: Bristol City 2-1 Middlesbrough

City kicked off the festive season with a 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough, thanks to goals from the returning Joe Bryan and Jamie Paterson.

The duo fired City into a quick second-half lead, with both goals coming just three minutes apart, before Boro halved the deficit courtesy of a Hordur Magnusson own goal.

The hard-earned win moves City up into third in the table and extends the gap between Boro and the Robins to eight points.

Bryan and Paterson were Lee Johnson's only changes to the team which beat Hull City 3-2 last weekend, with birthday boy Cauley Woodrow rested on the bench and Callum O'Dowda sidelined through injury.

Both sides showed attacking intent early on but struck their opening efforts off target.

Firstly, Britt Assombalonga blazed high and wide, looking unsteady as he took his shot, before Bobby Reid fired wide after latching on to a Korey Smith chipped pass.

DOMINANT CITY

It wasn’t long before City began to settle into this game and show the attacking impetus which proved the difference in their last match.

Bryan looked to burst forward down the left and his fierce cross-come shot was deflected on its way to being palmed clear by Darren Randolph, as the lurking Reid looked to pounce. Josh Brownhill followed up as he looked for his second goal in as many matches, but his drive was also cleared away.

Assombalonga was forced into a goal-line clearance after Marlon Pack’s tame effort from the edge of the penalty area trickled all the way through a crowded box. City kept their attack going but Brownhill again fired over.

Bryan went close again when he drilled a half volley wide, after neat passing from City. Randolph then made a comfortable save as Nathan Baker converted a Paterson cross with a goal-bound header.

The sides went into half time level, despite the host’s domination, although Fielding had to block a Fabio strike as Boro burst forward late into the half.

QUICK-FIRE DOUBLE

But the home side came flying out of the blocks after the interval and struck twice inside three minutes to lift Ashton Gate off its feet.

First Bailey Wright swung in a first-time cross from the right which Bryan headed in at the far post, before the impressive Paterson doubled the lead.

Korey Smith did well to win back possession in his own half after the restart and picked out Aden Flint’s run from deep. The defender played a neat one-two with Reid before his cross was volleyed in from close range by Paterson.

BORO CONSOLATION

Bryan could have added a third as his teasing effort curled wide of Randolph’s goal but Garry Monk’s side were not prepared to roll over so easily.

They halved the deficit courtesy of City’s Icelandic international Magnusson. A ball was pumped into the City penalty area and struck the World Cup-bound defender on the head, sailing into the corner of Fielding's goal.

City were forced to defend well in the latter stages and did so emphatically to secure the win, which sees them go joint third in the Sky Bet Championship, alongside Sheffield United.

The two sides clash at Bramall Lane next Friday (7.45pm).

Click here to buy your tickets

Bristol City

Goals
Bryan (51') , Paterson (54') , Magnusson (75' og)
Substitutions
Joe Bryan, Bobby Reid, Jamie Paterson

Middlesbrough

Goals
Substitutions
Fabio, Stewart Downing, Martin Braithwaite
  • KO: 5:30PM
  • Att: 18752
  • Venue: Ashton Gate
  • Ref: Steve Martin

Bristol City

  • 1 Frank Fielding
  • 23 Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson
  • 5 Bailey Wright
  • 4 Aden Flint
  • 6 Nathan Baker
  • 3 Joe Bryan
  • 8 Josh Brownhill
  • 21 Marlon Pack
  • 7 Korey Smith
  • 14 Bobby Reid
  • 20 Jamie Paterson

Substitutes

  • 15 Luke Steele
  • 45 Jonathan Leko
  • 22 Milan Djuric
  • 19 Niclas Eliasson
  • 10 Matty Taylor
  • 18 Cauley Woodrow
  • 26 Zak Vyner

Middlesbrough

  • 25 Darren Randolph
  • 20 Dael Fry
  • 2 Fabio
  • 6 Ben Gibson
  • 22 Cyrus Christie
  • 19 Stewart Downing
  • 16 Jonny Howson
  • 10 Martin Braithwaite
  • 34 Adam Forshaw
  • 37 Adama Traoré
  • 9 Britt Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1 Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
  • 62 Marcus Tavernier
  • 3 George Friend
  • 39 Rudy Gestede
  • 8 Adam Clayton
  • 21 Marvin Johnson
  • 11 Patrick Bamford

Match Overview

Scorers

Bristol City

  • Joe Bryan
  • ,
  • Jamie Paterson

Middlesbrough

Line Up

Bristol City

  • Fielding, Magnusson, Wright, Flint, Baker, Bryan, Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Reid, Paterson

Middlesbrough

  • Randolph, Fry, Fabio, Gibson, Christie, Downing, Howson, Braithwaite, Forshaw, Traoré, Assombalonga