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Middlesbrough 0-1 Bristol City

Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough and Aaron Wilbraham of Bristol City
Middlesbrough suffered their first home defeat since February

Bristol City earned their first win of the season, also inflicting a first defeat on Middlesbrough, with Joe Bryan's goal securing victory.

Bryan sent the ball into the top corner to score on eight minutes.

City had several chances to add to their lead, with Bobby Reid firing over, while keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos twice kept out the visitors.

Ben Hamer then denied Christian Stuani, Daniel Ayala and Grant Leadbitter as his side held on to earn victory.

The only goal came when Bryan curled a sublime shot into the top corner after Reid's cutback.

Reid himself should have doubled the lead but he fired over the bar after Aaron Wilbraham's initial shot was kept out by Konstantopoulos.

Boro were again thankful to Konstantopoulos for keeping the score at 1-0 after Jonathan Kodjia's shot from just inside the area was superbly kept out by the keeper.

The hosts worked hard for an equaliser in the second period and the visitors needed two saves from Hamer, first to stop Stuani's close-range effort and then moments later, when he prevented Ayala's header going in.

Hamer later kept out Leadbitter's low drive and then Aden Flint cleared off the line as City, last season's League One champions, secured their first three points of the Championship campaign.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka:

"I always have to choose the best 11 for the game and today I decided to make some changes to that and it didn't work.

"It's difficult for me to understand the performance. I don't know what happened; we didn't play how we usually do.

"We had very good players on the pitch and it's difficult to understand. I have to analyse what happened."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill:

"We have played really well and not got the wins. We could have been 3-0 up at half-time. Middlesbrough are a really good team full of good players so we had to really defend well.

"Hopefully that will give us the confidence we need. If Middlesbrough don't get automatic promotion, they will certainly be in the top six.

"This result will surprise some people in the Championship. The only people that won't be surprised is Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and Leeds because we're not bad."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24NsueSubstituted forKikeat 76'minutes
  • 4AyalaBooked at 90mins
  • 26Kalas
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 18StuaniSubstituted forAdomahat 62'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 30WildschutSubstituted forFabbriniat 45'minutes
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 9Kike
  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 27Adomah
  • 31Fabbrini
  • 34Forshaw

Bristol City

  • 19Hamer
  • 2LittleSubstituted forFredericksat 70'minutes
  • 5Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 23Bryan
  • 21Pack
  • 7Smith
  • 14ReidSubstituted forWagstaffat 78'minutes
  • 18WilbrahamBooked at 37mins
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forBurnsat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6El-Abd
  • 8Robinson
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 12Fredericks
  • 20Burns
  • 24O'Leary
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
22,236

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home19
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Bristol City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Bristol City 1.

  3. Post update

    Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

  7. Post update

    Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Friend.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Derrick Williams (Bristol City) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

  12. Post update

    Wes Burns (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Bobby Reid.

  19. Post update

    Foul by David Nugent (Middlesbrough).

  20. Post update

    Ben Hamer (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.