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Bristol City 0-1 Norwich City

James Maddison celebrates his goal against Bristol City
James Maddison has scored eight goals in 29 games this season

James Maddison scored the only goal as Norwich beat promotion-chasing Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The Robins saw far more of the ball throughout the game but struggled to break down the visitors' defence.

Josh Murphy had a shot cleared off the line as Norwich threatened on the break, while Josh Brownhill hit the post for the hosts in the second half.

But soon after, Maddison scored the decisive goal against the run of play, firing in from Mario Vrancic's pass.

Maddison's late effort extended Bristol City's miserable run against their opponents, having now failed to win in the past six meetings between the two sides.

And Lee Johnson's side, beaten narrowly by Premier League leaders Manchester City in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday, are now winless in five games in all competitions.

However, they remain only five points outside the automatic promotion places and four points clear of seventh-placed Leeds.

Norwich are 13th in the table, but they are unbeaten in five games, a run which included a goalless draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup third round.

The Canaries are now six points adrift of the play-off places and a comfortable 13 points above the bottom three.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson said:

"The ball is not quite breaking for us in the opposition box at the moment and that was an unbelievable save.

"I always feared this period of games and perhaps we are victims of our cup success. The Manchester City game in midweek took a huge amount of energy out of the players.

"We did OK today, but perhaps lacked a physical presence up front. Unfortunately, due to injury, that is not an option I have at the moment."

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke said:

"We had a really thin squad today, but we had a special plan for this game and I have to congratulate my players because it worked perfectly.

"It was a tough week for us, with two players leaving and some injuries.

"This ranks up there with the best results we have had while I have been in charge."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Wright
  • 4Flint
  • 6BakerBooked at 64mins
  • 3Bryan
  • 21Pack
  • 7Smith
  • 8Brownhill
  • 12WalshSubstituted forKentat 69'minutes
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forTaylorat 76'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forMagnussonat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 15Steele
  • 18Woodrow
  • 19Eliasson
  • 23Magnusson
  • 26Vyner
  • 40Kent

Norwich

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Gunn
  • 31Hanley
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 15Klose
  • 2PintoBooked at 90mins
  • 27TetteyBooked at 57mins
  • 8Vrancic
  • 26LewisBooked at 42mins
  • 23MaddisonBooked at 25minsSubstituted forReedat 90+2'minutes
  • 9OliveiraBooked at 83minsSubstituted forRaggettat 90+5'minutes
  • 11MurphySubstituted forStiepermannat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Husband
  • 4Reed
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 20Raggett
  • 33McGovern
  • 36Cantwell
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
21,282

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 0, Norwich City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Norwich City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

  4. Post update

    Sean Raggett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

  6. Booking

    Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Reed (Norwich City).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Sean Raggett replaces Nélson Oliveira.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Harrison Reed replaces James Maddison.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Baker.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Aden Flint.

  15. Post update

    Bailey Wright (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  18. Post update

    James Maddison (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson replaces Bobby Reid.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann replaces Josh Murphy.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves27195350203062
2Derby27157544232152
3Cardiff27155740251550
4Aston Villa27138639241547
5Bristol City2713864032847
6Sheff Utd27134104031943
7Leeds27134103729843
8Fulham2711974034642
9Middlesbrough27125103527841
10Preston27101163127441
11Brentford27101074135640
12Ipswich27123124039139
13Norwich27107102731-437
14QPR2789103137-633
15Nottm Forest27102153343-1032
16Millwall27710102930-131
17Sheff Wed27710103034-431
18Reading2778123035-529
19Barnsley2769122737-1027
20Hull27510123944-525
21Bolton2767142545-2025
22Burton2766152146-2524
23Birmingham2765161538-2323
24Sunderland27410132947-1822
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