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Bristol City end Swansea's unbeaten start

Martin Olsson of Swansea City and Callum O’Dowda of Bristol City compete for the ball
This was Bristol City's second win in their their last 16 matches in Wales in all competitions

Swansea City suffered a first defeat of the season as they were beaten at home by Bristol City.

Andreas Weimann put the away side ahead after just 31 seconds, and they would have led by more were it not for Swans keeper Erwin Mulder.

He remained busy after the break as his lacklustre side searched in vain for an equaliser.

Swansea's Mike van der Hoorn had a late header cleared off the line, but Lee Johnson's visitors were worthy winners.

City's second successive away league victory, having previously failed to win on the road since December 2017, lifted them up to ninth in the Championship table, a place above Swansea.

While the Swans had been involved in a thrilling 2-2 draw with the division's early pace-setters Leeds on Tuesday, Bristol City cantered to a first league win of the season, triumphing 3-0 at Queens Park Rangers.

Two of the Robins' goals came from summer signing Weimann, and he took no time to add to his tally here, converting Niclas Eliasson's low left-wing cross.

The earliest strike in any EFL game this season took Weimann to five goals in five appearances for City, as many as he managed in 40 games for Derby last season.

The 27-year-old had opportunities to extend his new side's lead at Liberty Stadium, but he and his team-mates, including Eliasson and Callum O'Dowda, were denied by several fine saves from Mulder.

The goalkeeper was one of the few Swansea players to impress, as his outfield colleagues played with a distinct lack of pace and precision.

Although Swansea's unbeaten start to the season showed promise, their fans had been unhappy about the club's transfer activity, with several first-team players sold, but only a handful signed to leave manager Graham Potter with a rather thin squad.

Their lack of strength in depth was laid bare by a second-half substitution in which their only fit striker, Oli McBurnie, was replaced by a midfielder, Leroy Fer, even though they were chasing an equaliser.

Fer was one of a handful of Swansea players to try their luck with shots on goal in the closing stages, but their belated attacking efforts were too little, too late.

Swansea City manager Graham Potter said:

"It wasn't the best of starts, that's the first thing to say. I thought we recovered quite well for 20 or 30 minutes although we were not quite at our level.

"We were a little bit flat in the first half - it was one of those days when it wasn't quite happening for us.

"We huffed and puffed and got a bit better as the second half wore on, but the reality is that we didn't do enough to get anything from the game. Credit to Bristol City, they were the better team."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's a fantastic three points, particularly on the back of a tough week. I think the players deserve a huge amount of credit for the work rate they put in.

"The players, to a man, didn't make any mistakes. We've got quality and we've got players that are being nurtured and improving all the time.

"We'll grow into this season, we'll get stronger as we go. Every result like that buoys the squad."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 25Mulder
  • 23Roberts
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 22Rodon
  • 3Olsson
  • 10Celina
  • 27Fulton
  • 14CarrollSubstituted forMonteroat 45'minutes
  • 16AsoroSubstituted forGrimesat 45'minutes
  • 9McBurnieSubstituted forFerat 71'minutes
  • 19McKay

Substitutes

  • 7Montero
  • 8Fer
  • 13Benda
  • 20James
  • 21Grimes
  • 26Naughton
  • 46Baker-Richardson

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32HuntSubstituted forPisanoat 83'minutes
  • 22Kalas
  • 4Webster
  • 17Kelly
  • 15WatkinsBooked at 25minsSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 31'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 8Brownhill
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forPatersonat 80'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 14Weimann

Substitutes

  • 2Pisano
  • 3Dasilva
  • 6Baker
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12Walsh
  • 20Paterson
  • 24O'Leary
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
20,522

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 0, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

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

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

Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City).

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Connor Roberts.

Attempt missed. Martin Olsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Erwin Mulder.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Eros Pisano replaces Jack Hunt because of an injury.

Delay in match Jack Hunt (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson replaces Matty Taylor.

Attempt missed. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bersant Celina with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Niki Mäenpää.

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Rodon.

Attempt blocked. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Fer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

Attempt saved. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Leroy Fer replaces Oliver McBurnie.

Delay in match Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Martin Olsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Bristol City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Swansea City).

Jay Fulton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Foul by Joe Rodon (Swansea City).

Niki Mäenpää (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Hand ball by Martin Olsson (Swansea City).

Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andreas Weimann following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City).

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough541092713
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Millwall41215505
16Stoke512269-35
17Norwich5113811-34
18Hull511359-44
19Preston511337-44
20Birmingham503246-23
21Rotherham4103410-63
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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