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Bristol City 4-1 Blackburn Rovers: Visitors' unbeaten start ends at Ashton Gate

Bristol City's Marley Watkins scores against Blackburn
Marley Watkins scored his first goal at Championship level since April 2017

Bristol City emphatically ended Blackburn's unbeaten start to the season, despite falling behind in bizarre fashion at Ashton Gate.

Charlie Mulgrew scored directly from a corner to put Rovers in front and the visitors also hit the post through Kasey Palmer before City equalised with a top-quality free-kick from Josh Brownhill.

Marley Watkins' neat finish from 12 yards, his first goal for the club following his summer move from Norwich, completed the turnaround.

Famara Diedhiou, available again after completing a six-match suspension for spitting, came on as a second-half substitute to net the hosts' third with a low shot under David Raya and captain Marlon Pack headed in a late fourth.

A third successive league victory lifted Lee Johnson's side up to sixth in the Championship table, leapfrogging Blackburn in the process.

An entertaining first half saw Bristol City start brightly and go close through in-form Andreas Weimann, but they could easily have trailed at the break had Rovers forward Adam Armstrong not been denied by goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa when through one-on-one.

Rovers brought on new loan signing Ben Brereton from the bench immediately after Watkins' goal, but City took control for the remainder of the game and deservedly prevailed.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We've got to continue the process of improving. There are still bits and bobs with this new team that we can help ourselves.

"Sometimes we played into the opposition's hands - and a good opposition, by the way, having lost only two in 40-odd in the league.

"We knew it would be a tough test. They had a good 20-minute spell but we had to weather that storm and we did. Overall, a very good day at the office."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We missed chances in the first half that could have put the game to bed. I'm not exaggerating to say that we could have scored three or four in the first half, but it didn't happen for us.

"We lost a little bit of discipline for the third and fourth goals, but we had a lot of attacking players on the pitch trying to get back in the game.

"We have to take this defeat on the chin and move on."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32Hunt
  • 22Kalas
  • 4Webster
  • 17Kelly
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 66'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 8Brownhill
  • 19Eliasson
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forDiedhiouat 67'minutes
  • 14WeimannSubstituted forPatersonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pisano
  • 3Dasilva
  • 9Diedhiou
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12Walsh
  • 20Paterson
  • 24O'Leary

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2NyambeSubstituted forRothwellat 66'minutes
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 6Smallwood
  • 29Evans
  • 31Bennett
  • 7Armstrong
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forNuttallat 72'minutes
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forBreretonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 4Reed
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 24Nuttall
  • 32Conway
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
19,769

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away13
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Adam Webster (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Attempt saved. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Attempt saved. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Marlon Pack.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson replaces Andreas Weimann.

Foul by Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers).

Jack Hunt (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 4, Blackburn Rovers 1. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Amari'i Bell.

Attempt blocked. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Webster (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Famara Diedhiou.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Nuttall replaces Kasey Palmer.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Famara Diedhiou replaces Matty Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Marley Watkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Ryan Nyambe.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Marley Watkins (Bristol City).

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Jack Hunt (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Danny Graham.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Marley Watkins (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matty Taylor.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough642092714
3Sheff Utd6402128412
4Derby6402108212
5Brentford6321126611
6Bristol City6321116511
7Swansea632175211
8Bolton632188011
9West Brom6312159610
10Wigan6312118310
11Sheff Wed631299010
12Aston Villa6231111109
13Blackburn623178-19
14Nottm Forest61418807
15Rotherham6204511-66
16Millwall612368-25
17Norwich6123912-35
18Stoke6123711-45
19Preston612359-45
20Birmingham604246-24
21Hull6114611-54
22QPR6114313-104
23Ipswich603359-43
24Reading602459-42
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