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We matched their physicality - O'Dowda

Winger Callum O'Dowda says Bristol City always believed they would go on to secure their first Severnside derby win for five years.

Lee Johnson's side held on against ten-man Cardiff City after Aden Flint had headed the home side in front just after the hour mark.

O'Dowda's curling strike out the hosts ahead - his first league goal for the club - in the first half before Omar Bogle, who would later be sent off, equalised moments before the half-time whistle.

For City's opener, Frank Fielding pumped the ball forward, which Milan Djuric flicked on to Joe Bryan. He squared a pass to O’Dowda, whose left-footed effort curled into the far corner.

The Republic of Ireland international said: "When Joe picked it up I was trying to run in behind, as I was most of the game, but it wasn't on so I received the ball short and I was just about getting beyond my man and getting a shot off quickly. I'm happy my shot has gone in.

"Somebody said to me they come like buses now but it's what I want. I've been wanting to get goals and assists and helping the team out so I'm happy and for Flinty as well. We've been working on those long throws and set pieces so I'm also happy that we scored from a set piece."

"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."

The Bluebirds were reduced to ten men after Bogle's challenge on Marlon Pack in the second half and O'Dowda had a good view of the tackle.

He said: "It did look quite high on Marlon - you could see marks on his shin pads - and I think Bogle knew it was a bad challenge. It happens in a game when the adrenaline is high and so you never know, it could happen to any of us. But that's the passion the boys showed in the games from both teams.

"It was a really good atmosphere. I know you focus on your own game but you can still hear the crowd. It felt really good to be out there and they acted like the 12th man for us. I'm really happy and it's good to go into the international break now."

While there is no more club football until City travel to Sheffield Wednesday on November 18, O'Dowda is in the Republic of Ireland squad to face Denmark in the World Cup group play-off final.

The Danes host Martin O'Neill's side on November 11th, before the second leg three days later. A place at next summer's tournament is at stake.

O'Dowda said: "We're away to Denmark first and then the home game in Dublin so it's going to be tough but positive results there and we'll be going to the World Cup and I'm itching to get there now."

Bailey Wright's Australia also face a World Cup finals play-off showdown with Honduras.

WHAT HE SAID

"I think towards the end we were confident we were going to win the game."

Callum O'Dowda