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Bristol City 3-2 West Bromwich Albion: Robins hang on to beat Baggies

Bristol City's third goal from defender Jack Hunt was the summer signing's first for the club
Bristol City's third goal from defender Jack Hunt was the summer signing's first for the club

Bristol City were made to hang on nervously to beat West Bromwich Albion as the Championship promotion race took another twist at Ashton Gate.

Play-off hopefuls City stunned Albion by going 3-0 up inside 19 minutes with goals from Josh Brownhill, Andi Weimann and Jack Hunt.

But Dwight Gayle headed home to reduce the deficit two minutes into the second half, before strike partner Jay Rodriguez also netted on 74 minutes.

That set up a frantic final 20 minutes, but the closest Albion came to levelling was when home keeper Max O'Leary dived to his left to keep out Kieran Gibbs' header.

That edged City up into fifth, five points behind fourth-placed managerless Albion, who went down to a second defeat inside four days under their caretaker boss, first-team coach Jimmy Shan.

Since losing four in a row in November, in-form City have lost just three times in 22 league matches.

Early goals cost Albion at Ashton Gate

Without suspended Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi, the Baggies looked all over the place at the back right from the off and barely a minute had gone when City went in front with a goal created by a catalogue of Albion errors.

From a poor back pass by Kyle Bartley which put goalkeeper Sam Johnstone under unnecessary pressure, the Albion keeper cleared his lines but only as far as Jake Livermore.

The midfielder was then caught in possession by Marlon Pack, allowing the ball to skew into the path of Brownhill. And, after he fed Weimann to his right, he then got a return ball back which he controlled neatly before firing right-footed through the legs of both the desperately sliding Craig Dawson and Johnstone.

Stunned Albion then conceded two more in the space of three minutes.

From Brownhill's long throw on the right, Rodriguez's headed clearance went straight back to him and the City man simply nodded it back across towards the near post where the alert Weimann stuck out his left foot to divert the ball over the line, again through Johnstone's legs.

And there was worse to come for the visitors when, after his first cross from the left was only half cleared, Jay Dasilva cut back onto his right foot and his wickedly dipping far-post cross evaded Conor Townsend, allowing Hunt to soar behind him and head home his first goal for the Robins.

Two minutes into the second half, the Baggies got one back when Gayle headed home Stefan Johansen's free-kick to make it four goals in as many league appearances against City. And, from Gayle's long throw flicked on by Dawson, Rodriguez also netted from close range.

But City held their nerve to claim only a second win over Albion in their past 10 meetings, while the Baggies went down to a third defeat in four away matches, having won eight out of nine prior to that.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We blew them away in the first 20 minutes and I was delighted with the application, aggression, attitude and skill.

"We had a couple of warning shots after that, you see their bits of quality, and then it became tense when we conceded so early in the second half.

"Credit to the players and also to the fans, who kept us going when there were a few tired legs out there. Everybody deserved that in the end."

Albion caretaker boss Jimmy Shan told BBC WM:

"We gave ourselves far too much work to do. After 19 minutes, you find yourselves 3-0 down and at the side of the pitch you're thinking 'what else can go wrong?'

"We said at half-time that we needed a reaction and this group of players has an unbelievable ability to take on board information and execute to the best of their ability. They did that really well in the second half.

"Looking at the stats, we had one less shot than them and one less shot on target, so it's fine margins - not to dismiss the nature of how we conceded the three goals.

"That wasn't acceptable and, against any team at any level, you give yourselves a massive task."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 24O'Leary
  • 32HuntBooked at 13minsSubstituted forPisanoat 26'minutes
  • 22Kalas
  • 6Baker
  • 3DasilvaSubstituted forKellyat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Webster
  • 14WeimannSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21Pack
  • 19Eliasson
  • 9Diedhiou

Substitutes

  • 2Pisano
  • 5Wright
  • 10Taylor
  • 17Kelly
  • 20Paterson
  • 34Marinovic
  • 45Palmer

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 68HolgateBooked at 70mins
  • 25Dawson
  • 5Bartley
  • 14TownsendSubstituted forGibbsat 73'minutes
  • 34HarperSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 62'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 6Johansen
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16Gayle
  • 21EdwardsSubstituted forAdarabioyoat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbs
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 11Brunt
  • 12Mears
  • 20Leko
  • 23Bond
  • 24Adarabioyo
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
20,581

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 3, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 3, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Booking

Matty Taylor (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Lloyd Kelly replaces Jay Dasilva.

Attempt saved. Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Dangerous play by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

Max O'Leary (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Craig Dawson is caught offside.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Matty Taylor replaces Andreas Weimann.

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Webster.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 3, West Bromwich Albion 2. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Dawson with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kieran Gibbs replaces Conor Townsend.

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a headed pass.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.

Booking

Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion).

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Attempt blocked. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Townsend.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (West Bromwich Albion).

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Foul by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Rekeem Harper.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds412471068422679
3Sheff Utd40238967373077
4West Brom4120101177552270
5Bristol City4018111154441065
6Aston Villa401615973561763
7Middlesbrough411613124336761
8Derby401612125550560
9Sheff Wed411514125254-259
10Nottm Forest411415125550557
11Preston411512145955457
12Hull40169155957257
13Swansea40168165550556
14Brentford401312156356751
15Stoke411118123945-651
16Blackburn411311175563-850
17Birmingham401314135652444
18QPR40128204665-1944
19Wigan401011194359-1641
20Millwall391010194558-1340
21Reading40913184360-1740
22Rotherham40815174368-2539
23Bolton4188252968-3932
24Ipswich40415213265-3327
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