- English Football League - Championship
- Wednesday, October 28th 2020
- Vitality Stadium
Report: AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Bristol City
Wednesday, October 28th 2020
In a tight affair on the South Coast, City were undone inside the final 10 minutes through substitute Arnaut Danjuma’s strike at the Vitality Stadium.
Danjuma managed to find a way behind what had been a resolute backline before chipping the ball past the onrushing Dan Bentley.
City had created the better opportunities in the first half, notably Tyreeq Bakinson would be denied by the fingertips of Asmir Begović, while Tomas Kalas saw a headed attempt cleared off the line.
The second half was much more of a closer affair though the Robins had to show more defensive running to frustrate the home side, who would finally break the deadlock with a crucial goal late on.
Head Coach Dean Holden named fives changes for the game, partly enforced through injuries which have ruled out Steven Sessegnon and Andreas Weimann. Jay Dasilva, Chris Brunt and Chris Martin were all named on the bench with Tommy Rowe, Bakinson, Callum O’Dowda, Jack Hunt and Famara Diédhiou called up to the starting XI.
City start bright
Those fresh legs would be crucial to helping City operate the high press, which almost paid dividends as early as the third minute. The visitors penned the Cherries in their own half and after winning possession high up the pitch, Antoine Semenyo caused trouble but fired shot into the side netting.
Despite a good start on the South Coast, Junior Stanislas whipped a free kick narrowly wide as a warning shot from the hosts, while at the other end Bakinson squeezed a shot on target which looked destined for the bottom corner only for the fingertips of Begović.
City would have another two big chances, both from corners as their pressure built, with the first falling for Diédhiou who leapt to meet the cross but he caught the ball awkwardly as it sailed over. Another corner soon followed and captain Kalas headed the ball towards the far corner but Josh King was on the line to vitally clear.
The Robins had been knocking on the door but an error from Bakinson would allow Dominic Solanke in, only his near-post shot was deflected wide.
Kelly keen to impress against former club
City would survive that rare threat before going close once more themselves before the break. On the Cherries’ part, it was another key deflection at the other end to keep the game scoreless. A free kick towards Taylor Moore was headed into the path of Diédhiou who mishit the initial strike, before a delicate touch set himself up for a second shot which former youth product Lloyd Kelly turned on to the post.
If City had had the better chances in the first 45 minutes, it was a different story after the break, with Kelly and Solanke at the heart of the danger.
An underlapping run the defender looked for his teammate which Solanke turned on to the post before Rowe could clear, before Kelly played the ball into the feet of Solanke again who fired a shot narrowly wide.
City had to be patient as they withstood the host’s pressure before getting the ball up the other end, with a tame Diédhiou header comfortable for Begović, while Bentley watched another Solanke effort fizz wide.
Cherries find breakthrough
But substitute Danjuma managed to make the difference with nine minutes of normal time remaining, when he got in behind the City defence to meet a Solanke pass. From there he lifted the ball delicately over the onrushing Bentley and into the back of the net.
Brunt, Wells and Martin would all enter the field in the latter stages, with their experience looking to help find City a way back into the game but City couldn’t force the equaliser.
The result sees City slip to sixth spot after eight games played and their attentions now turn to a lunchtime Halloween fixture against Norwich City on Saturday.
- Danjuma Groeneveld (81')
- Junior Stanislas
- Jack Hunt, Antoine Semenyo, Famara Diédhiou