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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.
There have been some classic encounters between the two teams over the years, of which City have won the bragging rights on many occasions.
In fact, between 1971 right up until 2003, the Robins enjoyed a 22-game unbeaten league run against the Bluebirds with one defeat coming in the League Cup in August 1992.
So, as with any derby, the fixture between City and Cardiff is one supporters look out for no matter which side of the bridge it is being played.
In the build up to what would have been this Saturday at Ashton Gate, we take a look back at a few of our Severnside derby highlights, starting with a home victory in 2017.
Keep you eyes on the website for more throwbacks in the lead up to the weekend!
Bristol City 2-1 Cardiff City
Saturday, November 4th 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Scorers: O'Dowda 20, Flint 66 / Bogle 41
City secured their first Severnside derby victory for five years by beating ten man Cardiff City 2-1 at Ashton Gate.
Aden Flint's 66th-minute header proved the winner. The defender celebrated by cupping his hand to his ear, mirroring Scott Murray's famous celebration at Ninnion Park 16 years earlier. The header came from a traditional Hordur Magnusson long throw to secure the home win after Omar Bogle was sent off for Neil Warnock's side.
Callum O’Dowda had earlier given Lee Johnson’s side a 20th-minute lead with his first league goal, before Bogle's close-range equaliser just before half-time.
City had won their last four games, three in the Sky Bet Championship and closed the gap on Cardiff in the table to just one point.
Aden Flint: "It's great to score the winner in any game but it's extra special in the Severnside derby.
"We felt we owed Cardiff one because they've beaten us on a couple of occasions in the last couple of seasons, so we are delighted to get all three points.
"It means a lot to us and, like I said we owed them that. It is nice and I am delighted to get the winning goal. It's three points and a great week for us."
Callum O'Dowda: "There was a lot of noise and you could hear that around the stadium.
"You have to focus on your own game, we know they way they play; they are very physical and we knew we had to match that. So we had to do our jobs and I think we came out on top. It does change the game when they get a man sent off so I think towards the end we were confident we were going to win the game."
Lee Johnson: "Obviously we won so I'm delighted with that. It's been a really difficult period of six / seven games on the spin so to get three wins out of the last week and top it off with a derby win is nothing short of outstanding.
"This is only worth three points but there's pride at stake and it's my first managerial win over Neil Warnock and that's important because it shows that we are progressing, it shows the team can win a game in different way.
"Sometimes, against Cardiff sides and Neil Warnock sides, you have to fight fire with fire and we did that today. Both teams showed their quality at times and I thought it was a good game."
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