• English Football League - Championship
  • Saturday, February 6th 2021
  • Ashton Gate
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Match Report

James Crawley

James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate

Posted Saturday, February 6th 2021

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Report: Bristol City 0-2 Cardiff City

It was a frustrating afternoon for City who lost their Severnside derby bragging rights in a 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds struck twice in the first half at Ashton Gate through headers from Curtis Nelson and Kieffer Moore.

It means the Robins would see their unbeaten four-game home streak come to an end as Mick McCarthy’s men secured a first win under his tenure.

It’s a result which leaves City 10th in the Sky Bet Championship and six points clear of sixth spot.

Henri Lansbury and Joe Williams made debuts in midfield, two of three changes to Dean Holden’s starting XI with Nahki Wells also named in the starting XI ahead of Zak Vyner, Ádám Nagy and Owura Edwards.

Lansbury’s passing was on display early into the fixture as he showed off what he can bring to the squad following his free transfer last month.

He soon had a first shot on goal too, after a lengthy stoppage which resulted in Bluebirds keeper Alex Smithies needing to be replaced by Dillon Phillips. It was a decent hit from Lansbury whose strike was parried by the substitute shotstopper.

But the first half soon got away from the hosts as Cardiff began to dominate, with the Bluebirds taking the lead when Nelson got the slightest touch on a free kick of their own. Sheyi Ojo won the free kick which was floated in by Harry Wilson and Nelson’s glancing header beat the outstretched hand of Dan Bentley.

Things got worse when Moore and Ojo then combined with the former doubling Cardiff’s lead. Moore spread the ball wide for the advancing Ojo, whose return cross was perfect for Moore who used his heading expertise to guide the ball past Bentley.

Ojo then drilled shot wide just a minute later with the Robins in a fluster, but the visitors from South Wales had been successful from the wide areas.

There was little surprise therefore when McCarthy’s men created another opportunity from the right, with the ball pulled back towards Will Vaulks and his clipped cross was headed goalwards by Ojo, but Bentley expertly tipped the ball over.

It had been frustrating as the sides walked in for the break, but it was a better showing early into the second half. Wells created when he darted down the left but with Antoine Semenyo and Massengo his options in the middle, the forward was unable to pick out either, while Famara Diédhiou’s later appeal for a penalty, after he got in between two Cardiff defenders, was ignored.

But it had been a brighter display after Holden’s half-time words, before a triple change on the hour-mark. Kasey Palmer replaced Williams, while Jamie Paterson and Taylor Moore came in for Massengo and Adrian Mariappa, respectively. Lansbury, on a yellow card, saw his afternoon ended on the 70th minute when he was replaced by Vyner.

But with less than 20 minutes on the clock, Cardiff were beginning to slow the game down and take time over set pieces as they looked to frustrate City, who were trying to keep the momentum going in pursuit of a way back into the game.

However, they would still need to be wary at the back and a timely block from captain Tomas Kalas, who gave Moore little space, threw himself into the tackle as the Cardiff striker looked to find his second goal of the day.

Cardiff could have added their third on the counter with the fresh legs of substitute Leandro Bacuna. He got away from Taylor Moore down the left hand side but his cross was blocked this time by Mawson, as he tried to pick put teammate Moore in the middle.

Again the visitors went close on the counter after Jack Hunt’s poor touch allowed Cardiff to clear. Moore’s layoff allowed Bacuna to run from inside his own half as he dribbled his way towards goal but his eventual shot was off target.

Moore was then wasteful with a shot over the bar in stoppage time but it wouldn’t matter as the visitors welcomed the final whistle soon after.

Bristol City

Goals
Substitutions
Adrian Mariappa, Joe Williams, Han-Noah Massengo, Henri Lansbury

Cardiff City

Goals
Nelson (18') , Moore (25')
Substitutions
Alex Smithies, Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo
  • KO: 3PM
  • Att:
  • Venue: Ashton Gate
  • Ref: Jarred Gillett

Bristol City

  • 1 Daniel Bentley
  • 5 Alfie Mawson
  • 19 Adrian Mariappa
  • 2 Jack Hunt
  • 22 Tomas Kalas
  • 20 Joe Williams
  • 42 Han-Noah Massengo
  • 17 Henri Lansbury
  • 9 Famara Diédhiou
  • 18 Antoine Semenyo
  • 21 Nahki Wells

Substitutes

  • 45 Kasey Palmer
  • 4 Ádám Nagy
  • 30 Tyreeq Bakinson
  • 12 Max O'Leary
  • 33 Sam Bell
  • 10 Jamie Paterson
  • 28 Sam Pearson
  • 26 Zak Vyner
  • 23 Taylor Moore

Cardiff City

  • 12 Alex Smithies
  • 16 Curtis Nelson
  • 5 Aden Flint
  • 4 Sean Morrison
  • 8 Joe Ralls
  • 6 Will Vaulks
  • 38 Perry Ng
  • 3 Joe Bennett
  • 23 Harry Wilson
  • 10 Kieffer Moore
  • 27 Sheyi Ojo

Substitutes

  • 1 Dillon Phillips
  • 32 Joel Bagan
  • 11 Josh Murphy
  • 28 Tom Sang
  • 33 David Junior Hoilett
  • 21 Marlon Pack
  • 19 Max Watters
  • 29 Mark Harris
  • 7 Leandro Bacuna

Match Overview

Scorers

Bristol City

Cardiff City

  • Curtis Nelson
  • ,
  • Kieffer Moore

Line Up

Bristol City

  • Bentley, Mawson, Mariappa, Hunt, Kalas, Williams, Massengo, Lansbury, Diédhiou, Semenyo, Wells

Cardiff City

  • Smithies, Nelson, Flint, Morrison, Ralls, Vaulks, Ng, Bennett, Wilson, Moore, Ojo

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