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Bristol City 2-0 Queens Park Rangers

Famara Diedihou celebrates opening the scoring for Bristol City
Famara Diedhiou celebrated his first start after three months out with a knee injury with a goal and an assist

Bristol City scored twice with 10 men as they beat Queens Park Rangers.

City had lost six of their previous seven, including their EFL Cup semi-final with Manchester City, and had Nathan Baker sent off for a late tackle on Josh Scowen after half an hour.

Record signing Famara Diedhiou put the 10-man Robins ahead just before half-time, glancing home Ryan Kent's corner.

Diedhiou, back after three months out with injury, set up the second as his saved shot was turned in by Joe Bryan.

The victory moved City above Aston Villa into fourth place in the Championship, while Rangers remain in 16th.

There was no hint of a post-Manchester City hangover for Lee Johnson's men as they had the better chances, but the City boss was left livid after Baker's dismissal with an hour to go.

Jamie Paterson had a volley blocked by QPR's Nedum Onuoha before the opening goal, while Korey Smith forced a good save from Alex Smithies five minutes before Bryan's second.

Massimo Luongo had two good efforts for Rangers in the final 20 minutes, but the Robins hung on to register a first victory since Boxing Day and a second clean sheet in successive league games.

The tackle by Nathan Baker on Josh Scowen that got him sent off
Nathan Baker faces a three-match ban after this challenge on Josh Scowen

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"In the first half I thought we moved the ball well, maybe didn't have as many clear cut opportunities as I would have liked, but always looked in control.

"The sending off could have changed the game, but it didn't, and that bit was down to character - we continued to play our game and still pressed when we could.

"I'm delighted for Famara to get his goal after a long road back to recovery and it was an emotional celebration with the physios and everybody that had taken him through that period."

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway:

"It was probably my worst result ever. That was not my team out there today. We will never have a better chance of beating Bristol City considering the effort they put in against Manchester City in midweek.

"Our performance was unacceptable and we will have a big meeting on Monday because I can't put up with that.

"The sending-off should have helped us. Instead, it galvanised them and they were the better side."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 15Steele
  • 5Wright
  • 4Flint
  • 6BakerBooked at 32mins
  • 3Bryan
  • 40KentSubstituted forMagnussonat 64'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 7Smith
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forBrownhillat 64'minutes
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forDionyat 75'minutes
  • 14ReidBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 8Brownhill
  • 12Walsh
  • 18Woodrow
  • 19Eliasson
  • 23Magnusson
  • 38Wollacott
  • 39Diony

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 20BaptisteSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 5OnuohaBooked at 83mins
  • 18Robinson
  • 11Scowen
  • 2FurlongSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 74'minutes
  • 21LuongoBooked at 80mins
  • 7Freeman
  • 3Bidwell
  • 38OtehSubstituted forEzeat 74'minutes
  • 9Washington

Substitutes

  • 6Lynch
  • 13Ingram
  • 14Manning
  • 17Smith
  • 24Perch
  • 30Eze
  • 34Osayi-Samuel
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
21,492

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Luke Steele.

Offside, Bristol City. Bobby Reid tries a through ball, but Lois Diony is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nedum Onuoha following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Booking

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

Booking

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

Lois Diony (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Massimo Luongo following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Bobby Reid.

Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Booking

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo with a cross.

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Lois Diony replaces Famara Diedhiou.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Darnell Furlong.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Eberechi Eze replaces Aramide Oteh.

Offside, Bristol City. Famara Diedhiou tries a through ball, but Korey Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

Aramide Oteh (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Luke Steele.

Attempt saved. Aramide Oteh (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Korey Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson replaces Ryan Kent.

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves29205451222965
2Derby28158544232153
3Cardiff28156740251551
4Bristol City29149642321051
5Aston Villa28148642251750
6Fulham29139749351448
7Sheff Utd281441042321046
8Middlesbrough281351038271144
9Leeds28134114033743
10Brentford29111084236643
11Preston28101263228442
12Ipswich29124134141040
13Norwich29117112933-440
14Nottm Forest28112153543-835
15Millwall28810103333034
16QPR2989123142-1133
17Sheff Wed28711103034-432
18Reading2878133036-629
19Barnsley2969142943-1427
20Bolton2868142646-2026
21Hull28510133945-625
22Sunderland28510133047-1725
23Birmingham2866161639-2324
24Burton2866162152-3124
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