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📝 Report: Bristol City 1-2 Coventry City

City were sunk by an 89th-minute Viktor Gyökeres goal as their Ashton Gate winning run came to an end at the hands of the Sky Blues. 

Chris Martin had levelled the scores in the 64th minute following Ian Maatsen’s first-half opener and they pressed hard in search of a fifth successive home league win.

But the Robins’ hard work was undone by another late goal that denied them points after a largely positive performance.   

🧐 BACKGROUND

Manager Nigel Pearson made one change to the starting XI that got the better of Middlesborough on Saturday afternoon with Ayman Benarous coming into the midfield in place of Joe Williams, who was named on the bench.

City have been searching for consistency in not only performances, but results. Tuesday evening provided a prime opportunity for the Robins to build on their 2-1 victory over Boro and make it five wins on the bounce in BS3.

✍️ WHAT HAPPENED?

City began the game in the ascendency and enjoyed the majority of possession and early chances across the opening 15 minutes.

The first opportunity fell to City’s top goal scorer, Andreas Weimann. Antoine Semenyo has often been his supplier and it was no different in the 10th minute as Semenyo drove to the byline before picking out Weimann, who steered the ball on target and forced Simon Moore into an early stop.

Weimann was inches away from an opener minutes later as he connected with Alex Scott’s free-flick at the far post. However, the forward was at full stretch and couldn’t keep his header down as it flashed over the crossbar.

Benarous came into the City midfield and his neat footwork and low centre of gravity created problems for the Sky Blue defence. He jinked past Jake Clarke-Slater before dropping his shoulder and teeing up Han-Noah Massengo, who fired low and direct at Moore.

The hosts couldn’t make their early pressure tell and Coventry City would be the first to strike. Gustavo Hamer picked the ball up on the right hand side and rifled a diagonal ball in behind the City defence to the advancing Ian Maatsen, and the winger made no mistake in firing the ball back across goal and into the bottom corner.

City were close to being caught out once again as Gyökeres latched onto a hopeful long ball, however Alex Scott was on hand to track back and prevent a clean strike with Dan Bentley collecting the ball in the six-yard box.

Pearson’s men had a great chance to level the scores in the 36th minute as Semenyo picked off a loose back pass from Kyle McFadzean and charged towards the Sky Blues’ net. With the angle tightening, the striker struck the ball across the face of goal with his left foot, curling away from the target and just out of reach of the onrushing Weimann.

HALF-TIME

The Robins began the second period with a renewed energy and they peppered the Coventry backline with wave after wave of attack.

Semenyo had City’s first real chance of the second half as he rose highest to connect with Scott’s free-kick and fire a header that rattled the crossbar.

All of City’s good work going forward was almost unpicked in a flash as Callum O’Hare, who jinked his way past Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas to fire a shot on goal and force Bentley into a smart save with his legs.

The Robins weren’t to be denied of their leveller as Martin converted on the 64th minute. A short corner routine saw Scott pick out the unmarked Weimann at the far post, and he headed across goal to the awaiting Martin to powerfully head home. 

Coventry probed for a counterpunch and had a couple of opportunities in the 10 minutes that followed City’s equaliser. Maatsen forced Bentley into a flying save to his right, before Dominic Hyam saw his header clatter off the post.

City looked good for a winner but with the clock ticking down Massengo’s under-hit pass saw substitute Joe Williams dispossessed and Gustavo Hamer countered to free Gyökeres for the winner.


🏃‍♂️TEAM

Bentley (C), Bell (Pring 73), Kalas, Klose, Dasilva, Massengo, Benarous (Williams 73), Scott, Weimann, Semenyo, Martin

Subs (not used): Wiles-Richards, Cundy, Vyner, Wells, Conway. 


🎥 NIGEL PEARSON'S REACTION


🗓 UP NEXT 

The Robins' next game sees them travel to the City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship game with Nottingham Forest on Saturday, February 26th (3pm).


🗓 UP NEXT AT THE GATE

The Robins' next home game sees Birmingham City visit Ashton Gate in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, March 5th (3pm).


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