Banner image

Report: Bristol City 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

An early wonder goal left Bristol City faced with a mountain they were unable to conquer as promotion hopefuls Brighton & Hove Albion showed their credentials with a disciplined away performance at Ashton Gate.

Veteran midfielder Steve Sidwell opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a remarkable 50-yard lob, while Jamie Murphy completed the scoring with a deflected shot soon after.

From then on Brighton’s stubborn defence was able to frustrate City, who struggled to carve out clear-cut chances against very well organised opponents.

Lee Johnson made four changes to his side, including in goal, with Frank Fielding not fully fit having suffered a minor groin injury in the latter stages of the 2-2 draw at Barnsley last time out.

Fielding’s absence opened the door for Richard O’Donnell to make his first league start for two months.

Elsewhere, Mark Little, Jamie Paterson and Joe Bryan were all recalled with Bobby Reid and Aaron Wilbraham dropping to the bench, while Adam Matthews and Josh Brownhill were sidelined through illness.

City had found themselves conceding first in five of their previous six matches and were determined to get on the front foot from the start against the high-flying Seagulls.

Tammy Abraham had the EFL’s best defence worried when he seized on a mistake by Shane Duffy and played in Lee Tomlin with a clever reverse pass, but Tomlin’s touch took him away from goal and he could not wrap his left foot around it to hit the target.

The hosts’ positive start was soon forgotten when Sidwell silenced three sides of Ashton Gate with a moment of brilliance after 13 minutes.

When Korey Smith was dispossessed by former City skipper Sam Baldock, the ball ran loose to Sidwell just inside the City half.

Taking aim from fully 50 yards and still inside the centre circle, the wily midfielder spotted O’Donnell off his line and sent an inch-perfect lob straight over his head.

Backpedalling furiously, the City keeper was unable to prevent the ball bouncing into his net.

Suddenly City’s early momentum had stalled and seven minutes later the visitors had doubled their lead.

Collecting the ball on the left flank, Murphy jinked inside and let fly with a low shot that took a cruel deflection to find the bottom corner just beyond the despairing dive of O’Donnell.

When Scott Golbourne headed the ball back across goal soon after with no red shirts in support, the growing sense of frustration among the home supporters was audible.

Brighton had a stranglehold on proceedings and were not about to weaken their grip.

City had no choice but to chase the game and the visitors were quite happy to play on the counter, with Golbourne called upon to make an important block from Jiri Skalak as the Seagulls set about putting the game to bed before half-time.

Johnson needed a quick response. Skalak went close for a second time when he drove a shot into the side-netting, while at the other end Gary O’Neil volleyed into the arms of goalkeeper David Stockdale before going into the book for a late tackle on Murphy.

Brighton remained dangerous, as Baldock backheeled his way past Hordur Magnusson and found Murphy, whose wicked low cross had to be tipped away by O’Donnell.

A double change just after the hour saw Reid and Wilbraham replace Golbourne and Smith, but City were still struggling to penetrate stiff Brighton resistance.

The evergreen striker went to ground in the box with time running out, but penalty appeals were more in hope than expectation.

Paterson fired over and Reid’s teasing pass nearly sent Abraham running through on goal, but that was as close as City came.

In short, it was easy to see why Brighton have now kept 11 clean sheets in league matches alone this season. Expect them to be roughly where they are now in six months’ time.

Latest News

🗓  Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

🗓 Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

✍️ Cataldo signs to stay in the West Country

✍️ Cataldo signs to stay in the West Country

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

📣 Trustee of Robins Foundation

📣 Trustee of Robins Foundation

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

✍️ Morgan pens new deal

✍️ Morgan pens new deal

Posted: Thursday, May 26th 2022

Also from Bristol Sport

More than 9,000 Season Tickets sold
Rugby icon

More than 9,000 Season Tickets sold

Season Tickets for the 2022/23 campaign are selling at a record pace, with more than 9,000 supporters already committed.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Trevett named in England U18 squad for South Africa tour
Rugby icon

Trevett named in England U18 squad for South Africa tour

Academy U18 prop Louie Trevett has been named in the England U18 squad for the summer tour to South Africa.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Omar Mouneimne leaves by mutual consent
Rugby icon

Omar Mouneimne leaves by mutual consent

Omar Mouneimne has left Bristol Bears by mutual consent, the club can confirm.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Charles Piutau named in Tonga squad for Pacific Nations Cup
Rugby icon

Charles Piutau named in Tonga squad for Pacific Nations Cup

Charles Piutau has been named in the Tonga squad to compete in July’s Pacific Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend
Basketball icon

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend

The Matthew Bromley memorial basketball games will take place from 4pm on Saturday, May 28th at the SGS College Arena.

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th 2022 • Basketball