- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, March 6th 2021
- Ashton Gate
|Queens Park Rangers||2|
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 0-2 QPR
Saturday, March 6th 2021
Two first-half goals were enough to settle defeat for Bristol City at home to QPR.
A header from Ilias Chair gave the R’s the lead, which was doubled through Rob Dickie after Yoann Barbet hit the post.
Teenager Sam Pearson would come off the bench to make his City debut, and while it was a result to forget the 19-year-old certainly caught the eye.
However, there would be no celebrations for Nigel Pearson as the manager suffered defeat on his 500th game as manager.
The Robins manager named an unchanged matchday squad and the Robins played some good, positive football early on but a mistake at the back allowed the R’s to take the lead with their first real threat in the game inside the 11th minute.
It came after a passage of possession for the visitors and when Chris Willock spread the ball wide to Todd Kane, the former City player had only one target in mind. His right-footed cross was deep and in the space between Adrian Mariappa and Dan Bentley, and it was Chair who gambled, heading the ball past the goalkeeper.
Mark Warburton’s side could have doubled their lead when they attacked down the left, only they couldn’t force shot on target; instead they would take advantage from the resulting corner. After a short one-two move, the ball found Barbet in the box who managed to turn the ball on to the post but Dickie responded with the rebound and added to the visitors’ lead with a smashed shot.
Pearson looked to respond almost immediately with Antoine Semenyo introduced and Bakinson replaced, though it was Jack Hunt who went close after good footwork from Steven Sessegnon. Playing left-back, the Fulham loanee managed a low cross from the left, which evaded Famara Diédhiou before finding Hunt and the right-back’s shot was deflected into the arms of QPR keeper Seny Dieng.
Kasper Palmer fired into the Atyeo Stand as City looked to respond, but it was Nagy’s afternoon which would be cut short as he had to leave the field following an earlier ball to the face. Henri Lansbury warmed up to replace his fellow midfielder.
But no sooner had Nagy walked off, Zak Vyner would go down after a clash of heads and he gingerly departed the pitch, which allowed Academy midfielder Pearson to replace him and make his club debut.
The Wales youth international showed some good touches and took to the game like a duck to water as the half continued, though City couldn’t muster much on QPR’s goal until Nahki Wells fired over inside eight minutes of added time as the Robins trailed at the break.
Pearson picked up where he left off with a bright and energetic display, forcing Dieng into a low comfortable save but the side’s sloppiness at times was evident of a team lacking in confidence this afternoon.
As for QPR, Chair fired over as he looked for his second goal of the day, while Wells blazed off target at the other end after a good attacking move, but the striker would have expected better of his finish.
City were creating and Semenyo fired low at the near post which Dieng held, though Chair won a free kick in a dangerous position after gliding past his challengers, but Stefan Johansen couldn’t keep his free kick down.
However, QPR were able to see the game out and inflict a second successive defeat on City, who look ahead to a trip to Birmingham City next Saturday (March 13th, 3pm KO).
- Ádám Nagy, Tyreeq Bakinson, Zak Vyner
Queens Park Rangers
- Chair (11') , Dickie (22')
- Jordy de Wijs, Sam Field, Charlie Austin, Ilias Chair, Chris Willock