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Bristol City 0-1 Stoke City: Darren Fletcher gives Potters victory

Darren Fletcher
Darren Fletcher's fierce strike gave Stoke only their second away win this season

Darren Fletcher scored the winner as Stoke City beat Bristol City to register their first win in three matches.

The 34-year-old former Manchester United midfielder lashed home from close range after the Robins defence failed to clear Benik Afobe's cross.

Famara Diedhiou twice headed against the crossbar for Bristol City, while Thomas Edwards' superb covering challenge also denied the Senegal forward a tap-in.

But Stoke were able to withstand heavy late pressure - mainly thanks to Bristol-born goalkeeper Jack Butland - to secure a fifth Championship victory of the season.

Gary Rowett's inconsistent Potters have now moved up to 13th in the table, five points off the play-offs.

The Robins did nearly snatch an equaliser right at the death, but Marlon Pack's header was superbly beaten away by Butland, who also kept Niclas Eliasson's strike at bay.

The hosts had won each of their last two games with last-gasp goals and were unfortunate not to at least come away with a point against Stoke, who were also thankful for Butland's super show to deny Tomas Kalas before half-time.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I just feel like, with all the will in the world, we couldn't put the ball over the line.

"I was disappointed with the first half, I didn't think we showed enough intensity to go forward. We need to improve that and our team need to understand we cannot waste minutes.

"The second half was fantastic, the personality of the team was brilliant and we were aggressive, but our only criticism is our finishing.

"Whether that was better finishing or technique, we will really have to have a look at."

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I think it was a cliché game of two halves. I thought first half we were excellent, for an away team to come to difficult place like Bristol.

"I thought we had total control for the first half. We scored a very, very good goal through Darren Fletcher, [he] took it really well.

"Second half of course they had an opportunity to change their system and we dropped in too far and that's always the temptation when you go a goal up.

"We had to effectively hang on. That's when you want your back four, your five in the end, and you want Jack to show that quality and he couldn't have done it anymore today.

"He's made two world class saves. I was really pleased with it."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 24O'Leary
  • 32Hunt
  • 22Kalas
  • 4Webster
  • 17KellySubstituted forDasilvaat 45'minutes
  • 19Eliasson
  • 8BrownhillBooked at 55minsSubstituted forTaylorat 70'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forWalshat 45'minutes
  • 9Diedhiou
  • 20Paterson

Substitutes

  • 3Dasilva
  • 10Taylor
  • 12Walsh
  • 13Hegeler
  • 14Weimann
  • 15Watkins
  • 30Wollacott

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 5Williams
  • 15Martins IndiBooked at 85mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 38Woods
  • 7Ince
  • 24FletcherSubstituted forAdamat 42'minutesBooked at 68minsSubstituted forMcCleanat 70'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forShawcrossat 87'minutes
  • 9Afobe

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 11McClean
  • 16Adam
  • 17Shawcross
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
22,456

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home22
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 0, Stoke City 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jay Dasilva.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Max O'Leary.

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Walsh with a cross.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack Butland.

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

Attempt blocked. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross replaces Saido Berahino.

Offside, Stoke City. Thomas Edwards tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Booking

Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Walsh.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

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

Foul by Tom Ince (Stoke City).

Attempt blocked. Liam Walsh (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Marlon Pack (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 Erik Pieters.

Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Saido Berahino (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Liam Walsh (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bruno Martins Indi.

Attempt saved. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matty Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. James McClean replaces Charlie Adam.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Matty Taylor replaces Josh Brownhill.

Booking

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

Liam Walsh (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Saido Berahino (Stoke City).

goal

As It Stood

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4Norwich158342017327
5West Brom1574433231025
6Derby157442216625
7Nottm Forest155822216623
8Swansea156541711623
9Birmingham155821914523
10QPR157261519-423
11Bristol City156451815322
12Blackburn155731820-222
13Stoke155551920-120
14Wigan156271822-420
15Sheff Wed155462126-519
16Brentford154652320318
17Aston Villa154652223-118
18Millwall154471923-416
19Bolton154471120-916
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21Rotherham153571121-1014
22Reading153391925-612
23Hull153391221-912
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