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Posted Friday, August 20th 2021

📝 Report: Bristol City 0-1 Swansea City

A first-half goal from Joel Piroe was enough to defeat City 1-0 at Ashton Gate.

The Robins started brightly but fell behind when Piroe capitalised on his own rebound after initially striking the post.

Steven Benda made a handful of stops to prevent Matty James scoring on the night, as well as a low save to deny a first goal for Alex Scott.

The Robins pushed back against the Swans in the second half but the visitors from South Wales held on, with Jamie Paterson going closest to doubling their lead, before Andy King almost headed City a late equaliser against his former side.

The Background

City were chasing back-to-back wins for the first time this season after a 3-2 win away to Reading on Tuesday. As for the Swans, they were still seeking their first win of the campaign after a midweek defeat.

Nigel Pearson selected Han-Noah Massengo in midfield for Andy King– the only change from the starting IX at Reading on Tuesday night.

What happened

Despite the potential of weary legs for a third game in six days, City started brightly back on home soil. They had started fast at Reading too and similarly they could have been ahead inside the opening few minutes at Ashton Gate.

First, James was denied by keeper Benda after City had won possession high up the pitch, before Chris Martin somehow stabbed the ball wide on the turn from close range.

James would go close again after good work from Scott down the wing but James’s header was easily held by Benda, as was another chance moments later with the visiting goalkeeper certainly the busier.

However, it counted for little as the Swans took the lead inside the 19th minute. It came after their first shot on goal as Piroe hit the post but the ball rebounded back into his path and he found the back of the net at the second attempt.

It was a rare chance for the visitors and the home side were soon back with a positive attitude. Strong running from Cameron Pring – buoyed by his performance at the Select Car Leasing Stadium days earlier - picked out Scott to his right and the youngster’s low drive was saved well by Benda.

Piroe would force a corner and he was denied by a close-range save from Dan Bentley, while in reply Weimann curled an effort over the crossbar.

City were far from out of this game, undeservedly being behind as half-time approached but they battled on in the second half. Weimann curled a shot over the bar before the hosts began to see more of the ball in their pursuit of an equaliser.

Benda would have to be alert when James had another effort from the edge of the box, this time the ball was flicked on by Weimann but straight into the arms of Benda.

Weimann later saw the ball in the back of the net but the fourth official’s flag was raised for offside. He received the ball after good work from substitute Antoine Semenyo, who got the ball onto his left foot but his shot deflected into the path of Weimann close to goal, who was already beyond the last defender.

At the other end, former Robin Paterson broke away but skewed a shot wide of the far post, while Andy King went close to snatching an equaliser but he headed inches wide of the far post as the Swans held on to claim their first three points of the season.

City: Bentley, Simpson (King 86), Atkinson, Kalas, Dasilva, Scott (Semenyo 60), James, Massengo, Pring (Wells 71), Martin, Weimann. Subs not used: O'Leary, Baker, Bakinson, Palmer.

Up next

City head to South Wales next Saturday for their first Severnside derby of the campaign (August 28th, 12.30pm KO).

🎤 Post-match reaction

Nigel Pearson and Matt James assess the Friday night defeat.

📸 MATCH ACTION

📊 Bristol City in numbers

  • Possession: 46.1%
  • Shots: 15
  • Passes: 386
  • Pass success rate: 76%
  • Tackles: 13
  • Clearances: 10
  • Interceptions: 15
  • Aerial duels won: 23
  • Best Opta rating: Tomas Kalas 6.94

ON THE BALL

  • Most passes; Rob Atkinson 55
  • Best pass accuracy: Alex Scott 100%
  • Most touches: Tomas Kalas 74

DEFENSIVE DUTIES

  • Most tackles: Jay Dasilva 3
  • Most interceptions: Kalas 4
  • Most clearances: Kalas 5

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