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Bristol City 2-1 Middlesbrough

Joe Bryan
Joe Bryan's opener was his first league goal for Bristol City since August 2016

Bristol City moved up to third in the Championship as goals from Joe Bryan and Jamie Paterson gave them victory over Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate.

After an even first half, Bryan nodded in at the back post to put the hosts ahead six minutes after half-time.

Paterson doubled the lead three minute later when he met Aden Flint's cross following a swift counter-attack.

Hordur Magnusson headed into his own net to hand Boro a lifeline but the Robins held on to seal the win.

The hosts shaded an even first half, with Marlon Pack seeing an effort cleared off the line by Boro striker Britt Assombalonga and Darren Randolph saving Nathan Baker's diving header.

City's two goals came from well-worked moves and the Robins are now six points off the automatic promotion places following a run of one defeat in seven matches.

Boro rarely threatened Frank Fielding's goal but had a late spell of pressure after Iceland international Magnusson gave them hope by diverting a cross into his own net.

However, Garry Monk's side, relegated from the Premier League last season, could not find an equaliser and have now lost three of their last four games, leaving them six points off the play-offs in ninth.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It was a great performance and an excellent result against a very, very good side. I thought we were outstanding.

"Everyone worked their socks off and its massive to go into December with a win.

"It takes us eight points clear of Middlesbrough and if you'd told me we'd be eight points clear of Middlesbrough after 20 games I would have bitten your hand off."

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk told BBC Tees:

"I can only apologise to our travelling fans, they have spent a lot of hard-earned cash to follow the team tonight and that performance wasn't good enough at all. For me, it is unacceptable.

"We have quality in that changing room and I expect a lot more. We didn't get that tonight and we haven't had it in certain periods of this season already.

"To go 2-0 down and then show the right level of reaction, intensity and desire is too easy, it's too easy to do it when you're losing the game, you have to do that from the start of every single game.

"That's one thing we need to do from here on it otherwise we won't be able to achieve the ambitions that we have."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Wright
  • 4Flint
  • 6Baker
  • 23Magnusson
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21Pack
  • 7SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 3BryanBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDjuricat 74'minutes
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forEliassonat 82'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forLekoat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 15Steele
  • 18Woodrow
  • 19Eliasson
  • 22Djuric
  • 26Vyner
  • 45Leko

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Randolph
  • 22ChristieBooked at 90mins
  • 20Fry
  • 6GibsonBooked at 56mins
  • 2da SilvaSubstituted forBamfordat 78'minutes
  • 34Forshaw
  • 16Howson
  • 19DowningSubstituted forJohnsonat 67'minutes
  • 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forGestedeat 57'minutes
  • 37Traoré
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Bamford
  • 21Johnson
  • 39Gestede
  • 62Tavernier
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
18,752

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 2, Middlesbrough 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Middlesbrough 1.

  3. Booking

    Korey Smith (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough).

  7. Post update

    Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Booking

    Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough).

  11. Post update

    Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Jonny Howson tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Jonathan Leko replaces Bobby Reid.

  14. Post update

    Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol City).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Milan Djuric.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough).

  18. Post update

    Nathan Baker (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Niclas Eliasson replaces Jamie Paterson.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

As It Stood

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3Bristol City20107332211137
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6Derby2010553021935
7Ipswich2010283530532
8Leeds209383025530
9Middlesbrough208572520529
10Preston207852321229
11Brentford206953127427
12Sheff Wed206952523227
13Nottm Forest2090112833-527
14Reading207582624226
15Fulham206862627-126
16Norwich206681826-824
17Millwall205782221122
18QPR205782229-722
19Barnsley2055102431-720
20Hull204793437-319
21Bolton2037101937-1816
22Birmingham1944111028-1816
23Sunderland2028102638-1214
24Burton2035121238-2614
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