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Bristol City 3-1 Birmingham City

Bobby Reid
Bobby Reid has scored 18 goals in the Championship this campaign

Bristol City maintained their Championship play-off hopes and kept Birmingham City in relegation trouble with victory over Blues at Ashton Gate.

Marlon Pack's wonderful curling free-kick put the hosts ahead, before Bobby Reid fired in his 20th goal of the season to double the lead.

Birmingham striker Lukas Jutkiewicz powered in his third goal in three games to make it 2-1 before half-time.

But Matt Taylor slid in a third late on to seal the win for Bristol City.

In a game full of chances for Blues, Jeremie Boga and Jacques Maghoma wasted excellent opportunities before the break, while Jutkiewicz nodded inches wide in the second half.

The victory was only Bristol City's fourth in 2018, a run which has seen them drop outside the top six.

Out of their four remaining matches, the Robins face pivotal fixtures against play-off rivals Middlesbrough on Saturday at the Riverside and finish the season at home against Sheffield United.

Blues went into the game in good form under Garry Monk, having picked up 10 points from a possible 12.

But despite a spirited performance, their 24th defeat of the campaign leaves them three points above Barnsley and the relegation zone. The Tykes also have a game in hand and superior goal difference.

Birmingham have a tough run-in with a visit to leaders Wolves on Sunday, and then games against Sheffield United, QPR and Fulham.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson:

"The starting eleven gave exactly what we needed to give to the crowd. Birmingham were in good form, so it was tough, but I think we caught them on the hop with our style tweak.

"I was pleased with the boys and the subs that came on.

"It's a big game on Saturday. Everyone in the hunting pack knows how important each win is. It's time to be bold, for bold actions and bold decisions."

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk:

"Bristol City were more clinical with their chances. We had more than enough chances to score the goals and get a result here.

"You have to take your chances at any level and especially in the situation we are. One of the problems coming in here was that the team wasn't creating enough, but we've addressed that.

"We feel it's an opportunity missed, but we're lucky in a sense where the other results have gone our way so we're in the same position as we were before the game but with one game less."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Bryan
  • 4Flint
  • 6Baker
  • 25Kelly
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21Pack
  • 7Smith
  • 14ReidSubstituted forO'Neilat 89'minutes
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 22DjuricSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pisano
  • 10Taylor
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 15Steele
  • 19Eliasson
  • 20Paterson
  • 28O'Neil

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 45Harding
  • 28Morrison
  • 12DeanBooked at 54mins
  • 5ColinSubstituted forNdoyeat 80'minutes
  • 27Jota
  • 26Davis
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forLoweat 85'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 20BogaSubstituted forLubalaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Grounds
  • 4Roberts
  • 17Ndoye
  • 21Lowe
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 49Lubala
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
20,288

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 3, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 3, Birmingham City 1.

Offside, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Gary O'Neil replaces Bobby Reid.

Attempt saved. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) header from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jota.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jason Lowe replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 3, Birmingham City 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby Reid.

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City).

Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bobby Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Cheikh Ndoye replaces Maxime Colin.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Matty Taylor replaces Famara Diedhiou.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Beryly Lubala.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt saved. Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Beryly Lubala replaces Jeremie Boga.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Milan Djuric.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jeremie Boga with a cross.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Lloyd Kelly.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves41278674363889
2Fulham422312772413181
3Cardiff41248962352780
4Aston Villa4222101066402676
5Derby401814860382268
6Millwall4218141054391568
7Middlesbrough421991459411866
8Bristol City4217141159481165
9Sheff Utd42198155749865
10Brentford4217131258471164
11Preston421615115244863
12Ipswich42168185052-256
13Norwich421414144652-656
14Leeds42159185460-654
15QPR421411175363-1053
16Hull421114176461347
17Sheff Wed421114175059-947
18Nottm Forest41137214359-1646
19Reading421012204661-1542
20Birmingham42117243261-2940
21Bolton42912213464-3039
22Barnsley41813204261-1937
23Sunderland42615214574-2933
24Burton42711243077-4732
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