- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, August 17th 2019
- Ashton Gate
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James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 2-0 QPR
Saturday, August 17th 2019
Ádám Nagy and Benik Afobe grabbed their first goals for the club to help City secure all three points at home to QPR.
The goals came in both halves, the opener from Nagy who continued to impress on his Ashton Gate debut. He fired City ahead with a low half-volley before Afobe doubled the Robins’ lead just before the hour-mark.
QPR keeper Joe Lumley was to blame as his mis-kick allowed Andreas Weimann to capitalise, who found Afobe to strike home.
In doing so, Lee Johnson’s men recorded their first win of the season to lift themselves up to 10th in the Sky Bet Championship.
Taylor Moore, fresh from signing his contract extension a day earlier, partnered Tomas Kalas and Nathan Baker in a back-three, while Josh Brownhill captained the team for the very first time with Nagy alongside him in midfield. And up front, Afobe was back to lead the line with Weimann.
There was little to separate the two teams with possession the name of the game, rather than end-to-end football in the first half and chances were at a premium.
That said, QPR had the best of the opportunities when they were created but neither left Daniel Bentley with much to do. First, Jordan Hugill blazed over the crossbar before Eberechi Eze shot wide and Hugill couldn’t stretch enough to reach a dangerous Bright Osayi-Samuel cross.
However, City would break the deadlock with their first shot on target and it was their Hungarian midfielder whose low shot had the crowd on their feet. Jack Hunt’s delivery from the right was looking for Afobe but as QPR tried to clear their lines, they could only direct the ball into the path of Nagy, who rifled home on the half-volley.
The goalscorer would be substituted at the break, Han-Noah Massengo his replacement, thought to be due to a knock picked up earlier.
Both teams looked more attacking for the second half, with City looking to extend their lead and Rangers hoping to find a way back into the game.
Osayi-Samuel went close but fired his shot into the side netting, while a fine one-handed save from Bentley kept Mark Warburton’s team at bay, before Hunt was replaced by Pedro Pereira for Johnson’s second change.
And immediately the Robins were two to the good! A pass back to Lumley had the goalkeeper all over the place as he was put under pressure from Weimann. The shotstopper's kick saw the ball loop into the air rather than get any distance and City’s forward managed to pass the ball into the path of Afobe who made no mistake in slotting the ball into the net.
Niclas Eliasson soon entered play with Kasey Palmer off to a round of applause in Johnson’s final change.
QPR continued to threaten with Nahki Wells and Ilias Chair combining but Bentley was down to smother Chair’s shot, while Massengo saw a close-range header deflected narrowly wide as City pressed to increase their goals tally.
Weimann would have a third goal ruled out for a foul and Lumley denied Massengo late on but it wouldn’t matter come the final whistle.
Next for the Robins is a trip to Derby County on Tuesday (August 20th, 7.45pm KO).
- Ádám Nagy (35') , Afobe (59')
- Jack Hunt, Ádám Nagy, Kasey Palmer
Queens Park Rangers
- Angel Rangel, Eberechi Eze, Matthew Smith