Report: Swansea City 0-1 Bristol City
Saturday, August 25th 2018
Andreas Weimann pounced inside the first minute to secure a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium as City recorded back-to-back victories in the Sky Bet Championship.
The striker flicked the ball past Swansea keeper Mulder after just 31 seconds, as City dominated and controlled much of the game in South Wales.
Niclas Eliasson, Matty Taylor, Callum O’Dowda and loan signing Tomas Kalas all went close to extending the Robins’ advantage but Niki Mäenpää himself was called into action as the second half went by.
Lee Johnson’s side had to defend well and conceded opportunities late on but they stood firm to record all three points, for the second time this season.
Kalas, making his debut after signing on a season-long loan from Chelsea, proved to be Johnson’s only change to his starting team. He came in for Eros Pisano, with the rest of the starting XI remaining the same from the side which kicked-off City’s 3-0 win over QPR just days earlier.
And City came flying out of the traps, with Weimann grabbing his third goal of the week after just 31 seconds; his fifth goal in as many games as he leads the division's goalscoring charts.
Matty Taylor knocked the ball down to Weimann, who spread the play wide to Eliasson, and his cross was bundled over the line by the Austrian forward.
City’s press was causing a constant threat for the home side as the the Swans looked to hone in on their possession-based style of play.
Bersant Celina would twice go close to equalising in the half, with Jack Hunt first heading his free kick off the line.
But City were oozing confidence and could have been 2-0 ahead but for a parried save from Erwin Mulder, who denied Niclas Eliasson’s close-range effort before he plucked a dangerous cross out of the air with the Sweden winger looking to head home from Callum O’Dowda’s ball.
City had been so impressive throughout, shutting out the Swans but the home side thought they had puled it back when Celina popped up in space only for his long-range effort to sail inches wide of goal, in front of the sold-out away end.
O’Dowda, who earlier replaced Marley Watkins due to an injury concern, then saw Mulder tip his curling effort wide as City ended the first-half on top.
CITY TAKE HALF-TIME LEAD
The home side looked a little brighter for the start of the second period and Oli McBurnie tried a dipping overhead kick in the 51st minute from Celina’s free kick. Fortunately for Mäenpää, the ball dropped over his crossbar.
But City soon recovered their rhythm, with Lloyd Kelly enjoying freedom down the left-hand side.
The City youngster did well to pick out Kalas as City threatened from a free kick, which Kelly himself had won, but his defensive partner’s effort rolled inches wide of goal with Mulder rooted to the spot.
The Robins were now on top and the Swansea keeper was called into action again to deny Taylor. Weimann met Kelly’s low cross and his touch took the ball around Mulder. However, the forward was forced wide of the goalkeeper but he did well to spot Taylor, who managed a strike straight at the legs of the Swansea showstopper.
SWANS PILE ON THE PRESSURE
But there was a sense of a home side revival as they twice went close to equalising in quick succession with 20 minutes left on the clock. First Celina fired wide before Mäenpää’s excellent save to deny the Swans midfielder.
Then followed a string of chances for the hosts as Leroy Fer’s strike was deflected for a corner by Kalas, before Weimann showed his defensive qualities as he headed Mike van Der Hoorn’s effort off the line and Mäenpää showed good reflexes to tip over from Matt Grimes’ driven strike. More chances went begging in stoppage-time, notably Celina firing off target once more.
Their attacking options of Jefferson Montero and Fer were matched by the fresh legs of Jamie Paterson and Pisano as City saw the game out to celebrate their first back-to-back victories of the season, before they return to Ashton Gate next week.
They will host Blackburn Rovers next Sunday (September 2nd, 1.30pm)