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Bristol City 1-3 Birmingham City: Robins miss chance to go third in Championship

Lukas Jutkiewicz celebrates
Lukas Jutkiewicz scored his 100th career goal to seal Birmingham's win at Bristol City

Birmingham City recovered from conceding a goal after 40 seconds to win at Ashton Gate and end Bristol City's four-game winning run in the Championship.

Jamie Paterson capitalised on Marc Roberts' weak backpass to round goalkeeper Lee Camp and give the hosts a perfect start, but Lee Johnson's side were 2-1 behind by half-time.

Scott Hogan's tap-in equaliser for Blues, after Dan Bentley had saved Jeremie Bela's powerful effort, was the first goal that the Robins had conceded in 383 minutes of league action.

The visitors took the lead when a right-wing cross from 16-year-old Jude Bellingham was glanced into his own net by Andreas Weimann at the near post.

And they wrapped up victory in second-half stoppage time, Lukas Jutkiewicz showing great strength to hold off the home defence and then great poise to loft in Blues' third over Bentley.

Trailing by a single goal for much of the second half, Bristol City brought on Nahki Wells for his home debut after the interval, but the introduction of the £5m January signing from Burnley and a change in formation failed to produce a leveller.

Famara Diedhiou wasted their best opportunity, lifting his volleyed effort over the bar from 10 yards after being picked out in the centre of the box by Ashley Williams.

Blues are now eight games unbeaten in all competitions and registered successive league wins for the first time since October, helped by Hogan continuing his fine start with the club after joining on loan from city rivals Aston Villa.

The Republic of Ireland international striker has scored in both of his appearances for Birmingham, after netting a debut goal against Nottingham Forest on 1 February.

Bristol City, who would have gone third in the Championship and within three points of leaders West Bromwich Albion had they won, instead will find themselves outside the top six if Preston beat Wigan on Saturday.

Bristol City disappointment after conceding against Birmingham City
Birmingham went in front courtesy of an own goal scored by former Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann (right)

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's an opportunity missed for us, it's a fantastic start, we really came out of the blocks quickly, which was part of our game plan.

"Then I think we got a bit eager, two attacking midfielders were going a bit too early, Hogan was stretching us with his runs in behind the defence and it just left too many midfield duals lost through not quite being there in time or not being physical enough in all areas of the pitch.

"That led to a spell where we didn't stop crosses and we just didn't have that team unity that we've had in the last four or five games.

"I don't know why that is, it's very frustrating for me to admit that, because it's something that we tend to do at home but not away from home."

Birmingham boss Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"The good thing is that we managed the game to what the game required. We showed we can do both things (good attack and defence).

"We played outstanding football in the first half and scored two goals against a team who had not conceded in their past four games.

"Lukas was outstanding and I want to congratulate him on scoring his 100th goal."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Bentley
  • 2HuntSubstituted forWellsat 58'minutes
  • 29Williams
  • 6Baker
  • 3DasilvaSubstituted forBenkovicat 58'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 19Eliasson
  • 42MassengoSubstituted forNagyat 66'minutes
  • 20Paterson
  • 14Weimann
  • 9Diédhiou

Substitutes

  • 4Nagy
  • 8Henriksen
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 21Wells
  • 25Rowe
  • 31Benkovic
  • 38Wollacott

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 3Pedersen
  • 11BelaSubstituted forHardingat 76'minutes
  • 34Sunjic
  • 20Gardner
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forBoyd-Munceat 89'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 40HoganSubstituted forDeanat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 12Dean
  • 15Montero
  • 27Trueman
  • 33Keita
  • 44Boyd-Munce
  • 48Concannon
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
22,065

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Birmingham City 3.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

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

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Birmingham City 3. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Camp.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Bristol City).

Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Caolan Boyd-Munce replaces Jude Bellingham.

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Bristol City) header from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ádám Nagy (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

Foul by Ashley Williams (Bristol City).

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Harlee Dean replaces Scott Hogan.

Attempt missed. Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Williams with a through ball.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Niclas Eliasson.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Jérémie Bela.

Offside, Bristol City. Ashley Williams tries a through ball, but Niclas Eliasson is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. Maxime Colin tries a through ball, but Jude Bellingham is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Filip Benkovic (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ivan Sunjic.

Offside, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Ádám Nagy replaces Han-Noah Massengo.

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen.

Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

goal

As It Stood

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5Brentford301551049232650
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9Millwall30111273835345
10Blackburn30128104337644
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