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Bristol City 1-0 Sheffield United: Robins leave it late to make it four wins in a row

Marley Watkins scores against Sheffield United
Marley Watkins headed in his second goal in as many games to seal victory at Ashton Gate

Bristol City extended their winning run to four Championship games with victory over Sheffield United thanks to Marley Watkins' late headed goal.

The 27-year-old attacker, a summer signing from Norwich, guided in Callum O'Dowda's cross with a deft flick to register his second goal in as many games.

The Blades bossed possession throughout and saw David McGoldrick miss a host of first-half opportunities.

But the home team improved after half-time and should have already been ahead before the late winner.

City head coach Lee Johnson had made the bold decision to switch his formation to 3-5-2 to match up against the visitors, who had won on their last three visits to Ashton Gate.

Robins keeper Niki Maenpaa produced a smart save to keep out John Lundstram's piledriver early in the second half.

Johnson then abandoned his change of shape on the hour, altering the course of the game.

Famara Diedhiou - making his first start of the season after serving a six-match ban for spitting - passed up a great chance to break the deadlock, firing horribly wide after being sent clear by Marlon Pack's pass.

Pack then called for a penalty when his goal-bound attempt seemed to strike an arm in the box, but City were celebrating Watkins' winning goal just 60 seconds later.

The fourth straight win takes City up to third in the early Championship table, while United drop to fifth.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson said:

"It was an excellent performance. I trusted our fitness, I trusted our substitutes and the boys upped their game at the right time and the last half hour was all us.

"We've got a strong bench and I think that is a real positive moving forward.

"They gave us the lift we needed and I am delighted for Marley to get another goal."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought it was a very good away performance without the most important bit, winning.

"I thought we played really well first half but we should have come in a goal up, possibly two.

"The first goal in this division is so important and they got it and it changed the whole dynamics of the game.

"We've played well and lost and that is possibly the hardest thing to take as a manager."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32Hunt
  • 4Webster
  • 22Kalas
  • 17KellyBooked at 40mins
  • 3DasilvaSubstituted forWatkinsat 62'minutes
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 62'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 8Brownhill
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forTaylorat 78'minutes
  • 14Weimann

Substitutes

  • 6Baker
  • 10Taylor
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12Walsh
  • 15Watkins
  • 20Paterson
  • 24O'Leary

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'ConnellBooked at 90mins
  • 18Freeman
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 22mins
  • 7LundstramSubstituted forClarkeat 83'minutes
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forWashingtonat 68'minutes
  • 17McGoldrickBooked at 72mins
  • 10SharpBooked at 30minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Baldock
  • 9Clarke
  • 11Woodburn
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 39Washington
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
20,540

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Sheffield United 0.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Booking

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United).

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Egan.

Marvin Johnson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Johnson (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Washington.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke replaces John Lundstram.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Marley Watkins (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Sheffield United 0. Marley Watkins (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Matty Taylor replaces Famara Diedhiou.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Marley Watkins (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.

Foul by John Lundstram (Sheffield United).

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

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Kelly with a cross.

Booking

David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Sheffield United. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Conor Washington is caught offside.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Washington replaces Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Marvin Johnson replaces Billy Sharp.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Niclas Eliasson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds74301551015
2Brentford7421146814
3Bristol City7421126614
4Middlesbrough742193614
5Sheff Utd7403129312
6Swansea733175212
7Derby7403109112
8West Brom73221610611
9Sheff Wed73221111011
10Bolton7322910-111
11Wigan73131110110
12Aston Villa72411212010
13Blackburn724189-110
14Rotherham7304611-59
15Nottm Forest71518808
16Norwich72231012-28
17Hull7214811-37
18QPR7214514-97
19Millwall713379-26
20Stoke7133913-46
21Birmingham705257-25
22Reading7124811-35
23Preston7124712-55
24Ipswich7034511-63
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