- English Football League - Championship
- Sunday, August 4th 2019
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 1-3 Leeds United
Sunday, August 4th 2019
City endured a tough opening afternoon with Andreas Weimann netting in a 3-1 defeat at Ashton Gate.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United took the lead in the first half when Pablo Hernandez rifled a shot into the top corner.
Patrick Bamford doubled their lead with a close-range header, before Jack Harrison steered the ball in for 3-0.
Weimann poked the ball home in front of the South Stand for City’s consolation goal.
Taylor Moore made his first City appearance since December 2016, his first start since September of that year in fact, while Daniel Bentley marked his first competitive start in goal. Making their second debuts after completing permanent transfers this summer were Tomas Kalas, Jay Dasilva and Kasey Palmer.
And it was the latter who won and struck a free kick from close distance though the set piece was tame for Kiko Casilla.
At the other end, Bamford was proving alert in the box though his half chances were no threat to Bentley, as the Ashton Gate faithful roared and rose the deafening decibels.
Encouraged by that, Jay Dasilva soon spotted the run of Weimann who stretched the Leeds defence but he couldn’t quite latch on to the cross-field pass. The Austrian managed to keep the chance alive though with a deep cross towards Famara Diédhiou but the striker couldn’t make the most of the opportunity as Leeds eventually dealt with the threat.
City had Jack Hunt’s well-timed block to thank as Mateusz Klich went for goal though there was little that could be done for the opener.
The Robins initially did well to stop a cross from the left but when the visitors worked the ball central, Adam Forshaw picked out Hernandez, who had the time to swivel on the edge of the area and blast the ball into the top corner.
City looked for width and continued to come close with no reward: Weimann got in behind again but couldn’t quite find Diédhiou once more, O’Dowda showed a turn of pace but saw his teasing cross cleared, and Casilla got down quickly to block a low Kalas cross.
For Lee Johnson’s side, it could have got worse before half-time when a lapse in concentration from Marlon Pack allowed Leeds to break away at pace. They almost punished City with Hernandez this time rolling the ball to Forshaw, who curled an effort inches wide.
Leeds doubled their advantage as the game approached the hour mark when Forshaw got in behind O’Dowda and he stood up a cross from which Bamford headed home in front of the travelling away support.
More chances went begging for the Whites with two chances in as many minutes but neither Jack Harrison or Mateusz Klich could find the target.
City then had Moore to thank with the young defender making two blocks to deny Klich and Hernandez, all before Johnson made a double change with Jamie Paterson and Niclas Eliasson to replace O’Dowda and Palmer, respectively.
Eliasson soon won himself a free kick all of 25-30 yards from goal and it was Brownhill who stepped up to strike the ball, only to rustle the side netting instead of the back of the net.
At the other end, Harrison would make no mistake in making it 3-0 as he finished off a counter attack, despite the initial effort from Hunt who blocked Klich’s shot before the rebound fell invitingly to the Leeds winger.
Still City pushed on and substitute Paterson was only an inch or two from beating Casilla to Diédhiou’s flick on, while a ball across the face of goal from Eliasson managed to evade any player in red and white.
However, City managed to get their goal with Weimann cutting in off the righthand side. Forcing his way into the box his low shot beat he keeper at his near post with the crowd on their feet. Comeback on?
Matty Taylor was soon on in replace of Diédhiou and the busy striker was instantly involved as the crowd began to believe. The hosts had to attack and went close with a Paterson free kick and a Weimann header, both of which sailed just over Casilla’s crossbar.
City couldn’t force Leeds to crumble before the full-time whistle as they succumbed to defeat on the opening day.
They will aim for better fortunes on the road when they travel to Birmingham City on Saturday (August 10th, 3pm KO).
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- Weimann (79')
- Callum O'Dowda, Kasey Palmer, Famara Diédhiou
- Pablo Hernández (26') , Bamford (57') , Harrison (72')
- Barry Douglas, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison