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Steve Bruce “very pleased” as Sheffield Wednesday keep playoff hopes alive

Bannan scored one and made the other. Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce hailed his side’s performance in their 2-0 win against Bristol City and praised Barry Bannan’s match-winning performance. Bannan opened the scoring in the 17th minute with stunning strike into the top corner from 25 yards that left Max O’Leary with no chance. The Owls doubled their lead in the 39th minute when Bannan clipped a delightful ball behind the City defence to Lucas Joao, who calmly lifted the ball over O’Leary and into the back of the net. The Robins fought hard in the second half but could not pull a goal back. Famara Diedhiou and Josh Brownhill came close, but both saw their efforts stopped by Cameron Dawson. Bruce said: “I couldn’t wish for anything more from them. Th...

Dean Smith backs Aston Villa to clinch playoff spot

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is backing his team to maintain their current progress and win a place in the Championship play-offs after their 2-1 home win over Bristol City. Tammy Abraham broke the stalemate with a 55th-minute penalty – his 24th goal of the season – and Conor Hourihane added a second in the 66th minute before Famara Diedhiou pulled one back for the visitors eight minutes later. However, there was no equaliser and Villa could not be denied their eighth successive win, equalling a record last achieved in April 1975 – and they achieved promotion on that occasion. Smith, who congratulated each Villa player as they left the pitch, said: “The chances we created were excellent and the only thing missing were more goals. “Bristol City contributed to the game and they we...

Club information: Bristol City – Sports Mole

Club information page for Bristol City Football Club. Full name: Bristol City Football Club Nicknames: The Robins Founded: 1894 (as as Bristol South End) Owners: Stephen Lansdown Stadium (capacity): Ashton Gate (27,000) Most appearances: Louis Carey (646) Most league appearances: John Atyeo (597) Most goals: John Atyeo (351) Most league goals: John Atyeo (314) Biggest win: 11-0 vs. Chichester City (FA Cup, November 5 1960) Biggest league win: 9-0 vs. Aldershot (Division Three South, December 28 1946) Biggest league defeat: 9-0 vs. Coventry City (Division Three South, April 28 1934) Highest transfer fee paid: £5.3m – Famara Diedhiou from Angers (June 28, 2017) Highest transfer fee received: £15m – Jonathan Kodjia to Aston Villa (August 30, 2016) Honours Second Division/Champions...

Lee Johnson relieved to survive West Bromwich Albion fightback

Lee Johnson joked about requiring treatment for a high pulse rate after watching his Bristol City side enhance their play-off hopes in a Championship thriller with West Brom at Ashton Gate. City went 3-0 up inside 20 minutes with goals from Josh Brownhill, Andreas Weimann and Jack Hunt before surviving a second-half fightback by Albion to seal three precious points. A smiling Johnson said: “I’ve been on the treatment table with the doctor! What a game! It could have finished 7-5 there were so many chances “The first 20 minutes were as good as it gets from us. I just wish the lads had let me enjoy it for the rest of the game. Instead, we gave away two disappointing goals. “Overall, I couldn’t be happier. We have beaten three promotion-chasing sides since the in...

Wigan boss Paul Cook hails “outstanding” Reece James in Bristol City draw

Paul Cook heaped praise on Reece James after the Chelsea loanee helped Wigan to a battling point from a 2-2 Championship draw at Bristol City. The 19-year-old midfielder demonstrated why he was selected for the Championship team of the year by scoring a stunning strike, beating Max O’Leary with a swerving 37th-minute shot from 30 yards. Matty Taylor then scored one goal and set up another as City stormed back after the break, only for substitute Anthony Pilkington to level in stoppage time and deny Lee Johnson‘s men a third straight win since the international break. Not for the first time this season, Cook was thrilled with James’ performance, while also hailing the battling qualities of his relegation-threatened team. “Reece was outstanding and his goal epitomises...

Lee Johnson “delighted” as Bristol City move into playoff places

Lee Johnson likened his Bristol City side to “young gunslingers” as they shot down Middlesbrough to climb into the Sky Bet Championship play-off positions. Adam Webster’s first-half header lifted City into fifth position in the table, with the 1-0 win at the Riverside following hot on the heels of Saturday’s victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Having been on the fringe of the promotion race for much of the season, City are now at the heart of the battle for a place in the Premier League, and Johnson is delighted with the way in which his young side have risen to the challenge of competing in the upper echelons of the table. Johnson said: “I was delighted with the boys. We have a big respect for the club, their players and managers and we were like t...

Result: Bristol City into playoff spots as Boro slump to fifth straight defeat

Bristol City moved into the Sky Bet Championship play-off places as Adam Webster‘s first-half header secured a 1-0 win at out-of-form Middlesbrough. Having beaten Sheffield United on Saturday, Lee Johnson’s side saw off another of their promotion rivals as they leapfrogged Derby and Aston Villa to move into the top six. Middlesbrough had plenty of opportunities, but Jonny Howson and Britt Assombalonga both hit the frame of the goal on another frustrating night for the hosts. Boro have now suffered five defeats in a row, and have slipped two points adrift of the play-off positions as their form has imploded at a critical stage of the season. Even the long-awaited return of Stewart Downing was unable to help them, with the former England international failing to arrest a goalless...

Result: Andreas Weimann hat-trick stuns Sheffield United

Bristol City fought from behind twice to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane thanks to an Andreas Weimann hat-trick. The home side twice took the lead through Billy Sharp and Scott Hogan but Weimann’s inspired performance gave the visitors all three points. Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder made one change to the side that beat Leeds United 1-0 before the international break. Kieran Dowell replaced Martin Cranie in the starting line-up. Bristol City boss Lee Johnson resolved his goalkeeping dilemma by picking Max O’Leary over Stefan Marinovic, which was one of four changes for Bristol City. Jay Dasilva, Korey Smith and captain Bailey Wright also came in for the Robins. The Blades came into the game in second place, unbeaten in 10 league matc...

Paul Lambert hails Ipswich youngster after draw at high-flying Bristol City

Paul Lambert hailed his talented youngsters after watching Ipswich take a deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Centre-back Adam Webster put City ahead against his old club on 32 minutes, rising at the far post to nod home a Niclas Eliasson cross from the right. But spirited Ipswich refused to cave in and grabbed a deserved equaliser on 68 minutes when City left-back Lloyd Kelly turned Myles Kenlock’s driven cross from the left into his own net. The result was enough to lift City back into the play-off zone, but their performance attracted loud jeers from home fans at the final whistle. “We had six Academy lads in the squad and to come here and play like that was fantastic,” said Lambert. “I am over the moon about the performance. You need a...

Bielsa refuses to feel comfortable as Leeds return to second spot

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa refused to get carried away after Patrick Bamford’s early goal had kept Leeds firmly on course for automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship. With Sheffield United having won their early kick-off against Rotherham, Bielsa’s men needed all three points at Ashton Gate to retain second place behind leaders Norwich. It is looking increasingly like a three-way battle to go up automatically. But Bielsa declined to admit as much, despite being more than satisfied with the way his side saw off play-off chasers City in a rousing, but error-strewn match. He said: “It is a risk talking about even being safe in the top three at this stage. There are so many tough matches ahead. “Today ended up a 50-50 game. In the first hour we could have scored more, but in the final...

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo only focused on game ahead

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is not thinking about FA Cup glory despite the competition’s wide open look this season. Early exits for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – with Wolves themselves knocking out Jurgen Klopp’s side in round three – has presented the opportunity for many smaller clubs to reach the latter stages. Both Manchester teams and Chelsea are the only remaining representatives from the top six in the Premier League, with that number set to dwindle further as the Blues host Manchester United in the fifth round on Monday night. Wolves could reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 when they take on Bristol City on Sunday, but Nuno is refusing to look beyond the tie at Ashton Gate. “We just go game by game, that’s the best ...

Nuno let emotions get better of him last time Wolves faced Bristol City

The manager was sent to the stands when the teams clashed at Ashton Gate in December 2017. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he let emotions get the better of him against Bristol City last season, as he prepares to return to Ashton Gate. The Championship fixture between the two sides at the end of 2017 saw Nuno sent to the stands after impeding on Bristol City’s technical area, while there were red cards for Wolves defender Danny Batth and home goalkeeper Frank Fielding. The Portuguese had to watch the remainder of the match from the director’s box, where he did not hold back his celebrations when Ryan Bennett scored what proved to be an injury-time winner for Wolves and saw them open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table. Nuno’s team travel to Bristol City again on Sunday, this ...

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