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Bristol City 1-2 Birmingham City: Blues overcome Championship play-off rivals at Ashton Gate

Connor Mahoney scores the opener for Birmingham City
Victory moves Birmingham City to within two spots of the play-off places

Connor Mahoney scored one goal and created the other as Birmingham City beat Bristol City to move to within three points of the Robins in the Championship play-off places.

Both sides had early chances, with Andreas Weimann denied by Blues goalkeeper Lee Camp before Kerim Mrabti tested Niki Maenpaa and Che Adams then crashed an effort off the underside of the bar at the other end.

On-loan Bournemouth winger Mahoney put the visitors ahead just before the break with only the second goal of his career on his 50th league appearance.

After his heavily deflected shot wrong-footed Maenpaa, he then turned provider in the second half when his free-kick was headed home by Michael Morrison.

Famara Diedhiou pulled a goal back with a tap-in to set up a dramatic climax at Ashton Gate but, despite relentless late pressure, Bristol City lost at home for the first time in eight league matches.

Birmingham, who have had a hearing over their breach of spending rules delayed until mid-March as speculation about a potential points penalty persists, move up to eighth in the table with their 12th league win of the season.

Robins boss Lee Johnson had to watch from the stand, where he served a one-match touchline ban, as the hosts slumped to their third straight defeat in all competitions.

Weimann carved out the first real chance, meeting a ball from Adam Webster before forcing Camp to turn his effort around the post.

Moments later Maenpaa was called into action, reacting well to keep Mrabti out, but the keeper could only look on soon after as the bar was all that denied in-form striker Adams his 11th goal in nine Championship games.

Diedhiou then wasted a glorious a chance for the hosts, and it was one that Blues punished with Mahoney squeezing home the opener before the break and Morrison doubling the advantage just two minutes into the second half.

The backtracking Tomas Kalas ensured Blues did not make it 3-0 just after the hour, clearing the danger as Adams looked to roll the ball into an empty net after rounding the keeper.

And while a poked finish from Diedhiou gave the hosts renewed impetus, it was not enough as the Robins suffered their second defeat in four days after their seven-game winning league run was ended by leaders Norwich on Saturday.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's very frustrating. Credit to Birmingham. They've done a job on us. They dominated the game without the ball.

"First half, we played into their hands. We weren't compact enough in possession which left us loose and open to the counter.

"I tried to adjust that from afar but it was difficult and this is where the players need to recognise that."

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk told BBC WM 95.6:

"This whole season has been about having a small, tight squad. Everyone needs to be ready and has contributed but, at this stage, freshness is needed.

"There's a lot of minutes in those players' legs and the bumps and bruises are a little bit more so everyone needs to be ready and the lads showed that.

"The key point is the lads are together. Everyone is willing each other on. It doesn't matter who plays, everybody supports each other."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 2PisanoBooked at 58mins
  • 22Kalas
  • 4Webster
  • 3Dasilva
  • 21PackBooked at 29mins
  • 14WeimannSubstituted forPatersonat 64'minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forEliassonat 45'minutes
  • 9DiedhiouBooked at 46mins

Substitutes

  • 5Wright
  • 10Taylor
  • 17Kelly
  • 19Eliasson
  • 20Paterson
  • 24O'Leary
  • 32Hunt

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5ColinBooked at 90mins
  • 12Dean
  • 28Morrison
  • 3Pedersen
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forJotaat 71'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 20Gardner
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forMaghomaat 64'minutes
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forVassellat 81'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 11Vassell
  • 19Maghoma
  • 23Jota
  • 26Davis
  • 27Trueman
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
19,777

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Birmingham City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Birmingham City 2.

Attempt missed. Eros Pisano (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Dasilva following a set piece situation.

Booking

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Foul by Eros Pisano (Bristol City).

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Isaac Vassell.

Attempt blocked. Adam Webster (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Bristol City).

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

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

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Kalas with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Eros Pisano (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Jota (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Webster (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jota (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Gardner.

Foul by Eros Pisano (Bristol City).

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

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Isaac Vassell replaces Che Adams.

Offside, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Bristol City).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Gardner.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jota replaces Kerim Mrabti.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Birmingham City 2. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matty Taylor with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Webster with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Connor Mahoney because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

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2Sheff Utd34197859342564
3Leeds34197855381764
4West Brom34179867432460
5Middlesbrough331512638241457
6Bristol City33158104335853
7Derby33149104338551
8Birmingham341214853431050
9Nottm Forest34121484738950
10Preston341211115348547
11Hull34138134848047
12Sheff Wed341211114148-747
13Aston Villa34101595753445
14Swansea33128134342144
15Blackburn341111124552-744
16Brentford331110125546943
17QPR34126164252-1042
18Stoke34914113542-741
19Wigan3398163347-1435
20Millwall34810163750-1334
21Reading34612163550-1530
22Rotherham34515143454-2030
23Bolton3468202253-3126
24Ipswich34312192657-3121
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