- English Football League - Championship
- Friday, November 6th 2020
- Cardiff City Stadium
James Crawley reports from Cardiff City Stadium
Report: Cardiff City 0-1 Bristol City
Friday, November 6th 2020
An early goal from Chris Martin saw City record back-to-back wins heading into the second international break of the season.
The forward tucked home from Antoine Semenyo’s cutback inside the second minute, with the vital goal enough to earn City a Severnside derby win in South Wales.
Dan Bentley was in fine form to keep the Bluebirds at bay as the hosts lacked quality in the final third, and while it wasn’t all fireworks in the Robins attack either, Dean Holden’s men would show their resilience to see out the victory.
The 1-0 win sees City leap to second in the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of the weekend’s remaining fixtures.
Jamie Paterson and Semenyo – both of whom made impacts from the bench on Tuesday night – started in South Wales, replacing Chris Brunt and Tommy Rowe, respectively, while Callum O’Dowda made his fourth consecutive start. Tyreeq Bakinson, who was called out of the matchday squad in the week due to a severe headache, was not risked, while Opi Edwards and Ryley Towler of the development squad were named on the bench. Famara Diédhiou would miss out altogether as he serves his self-isolation period having tested positive for Covid-19.
Still City started brightly under the Cardiff City Stadium lights and led inside the second minute, with Martin tucking home his first league goal for the Robins. It was a move which started with a vital Zak Vyner interception, and City quickly moved the ball forward.
Nahki Wells spread the play to Paterson who fed the overlapping Semenyo and the youngster grabbed his second assist on as many games when his cross was delicately turned over the line by Martin.
Cardiff would came back dangerously in the minutes that followed but Dan Bentley was in form, first to turn away a dangerous cross from Junior Hoilett, before he tipped wide a Keiffer Moore header which teased to creep in at the near post.
Moore couldn’t wrap his foot around a half-chance from the edge of the area with a shot which sailed over as the hosts grew in confidence, but again they were met a resolute Bentley when Leandro Bacuna drilled a shot at the keeper.
Bentley parried the ball on that occasion, with Cardiff winning a corner in the aftermath from which Moore headed over from close range.
City meanwhile looked positive going forward without forcing trouble on Alex Smithies’ goal, yet they would end the half a goal to the good.
But Cardiff had had the better of the chances to this point and Bentley produced another reaction save t help maintain City’s slender advantage. The Bluebirds worked the ball wide and Joe Bennet’s delivery bounced awkwardly at the far post, where Harry Wilson arrived but his headed effort was kept out by City’s shotstopper just before the hour-mark.
If there was one Robins player who deserved a goal it was O’Dowda, whose energy and drive was evident in the Welsh capital. He was granted a shot on goal when the ball fell his way on the edge of the box but his left-footed shot was deflected over, in a rare sight of goal for the visitors. He would have another opportunity shortly after but his shot from distance was no trouble for Smithies.
At the other end, Joe Ralls misfired after Hoilett skewed a close-range header in a let-off for the visitors, before Dean Holden made his first change of the night as Brunt replaced Wells to help bolster the midfield. The summer signing was involved almost immediately, as he headed away a corner albeit narrowly over his own crossbar.
City survived a dangerous, deep free kick from Marlon Pack, before Bentley refused to be beaten once more when he denied a Moore header at the far post.
Taylor Moore’s presence helped to tighten up the back as Paterson made way, and with five minutes remaining, this would be another test of City’s character.
Tommy Rowe replaced Jay Dasilva in a like-for-like late substitution, before Bacuna rifled well wide inside five minutes of added time and while it was frantic at the death, Holden’s side saw out the result to head back along the M4 with all three points.
- David Junior Hoilett, Sheyi Ojo
- Martin (2')
- Jay Dasilva, Nahki Wells, Jamie Paterson