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Robins Rewind: Bristol City 1-0 Cardiff City

This weekend's postponed match would have seen Lee Johnson's men host Cardiff City in the latest widely anticipated Severnside derby, so we look back at some recent memorable fixtures against the Bluebirds.

Today's we focus on what was an early Christmas present in the form of three points in 2007.

Keep you eyes on the website for more throwbacks in the lead up to the weekend!

Marvellous Marvin Elliott restores order

Bristol City 1-0 Cardiff City
Saturday, December 15th 2007
Ashton Gate
Coca-Cola Championship
Scorers: Elliott 57
Attendance: 15,573

City were back in the second tier now renamed the Championship following their promotion the season before, and they were about to meet Cardiff for the first time sine the 2003 play-offs. It was a 1-0 aggregate defeat to the Bluebirds back then, who went on to gain promotion by beating QPR 1-0 in the final.

All-action midfielder Marvin Elliott, a fans favourite since joining City in pre-season from Millwall, produced a Man-of-the-Match performance to restore City fans’ Severnside bragging rights in the week before Christmas.

Bluebirds striker Steve Thompson came close in the 10th minute when his header was cleared off the line by Lee Trundle, though five minutes later Thompson was given his marching orders by referee Uriah Rennie for his late tackle on keeper Adriano Basso.

The game turned with City on the attack and the Bluebirds adopting a blanket defence. City found it difficult to carve out good chances, though Trundle had a fierce long-range shot turned round the post by keeper Kasper Schmeichel, Ivan Sproule shot wide and Enoch Showunmi had a shot blocked.

But the Robins would finally break the deadlock when Elliott leapt highest to meet Lee Johnson’s corner, minutes before the half-hour mark.

With the game in its late stage, the Bluebirds reached the point where they could do nothing but throw caution to the wind and came close to equalising but for the heroics of substitute keeper Chris Weale. City hung on for victory which took them one place up the table to third.

Elliott was voted Young Player-of-the-Year by the fans at the end of his first season. He was also named in the PFA’s Team of the Year along with right-back Bradley Orr. His all-action performances soon made him a target for several Premier League clubs including Wolves, who had a bid rejected. He subsequently signed a new three-year deal to keep him at City.

What they said

Gary Johnson: "Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition and I thought Cardiff reorganised well and closed us down quickly throughout the match.

"All I can say about the sending off is that Adriano has some big stud marks down the back of his calf, which swelled to twice its size by the interval.

"Of course, that can happen from a good tackle, but the referee had a good view of the incident. We had to substitute Adriano in the second half because of the challenge so it cost us too.

"It's another great result, even though we didn't play particularly well. We defended when we had to and that's all part of being a consistent side."

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