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Bristol City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Tommy Rowe and Jamie Paterson earn Robins win over Owls

Tommy Rowe scores for Bristol City against Sheffield Wednesday
Tommy Rowe's goal was the first that Sheffield Wednesday have conceded in the Championship this season

Tommy Rowe's second-half finish teed up victory over previously unbeaten Sheffield Wednesday and maintained Bristol City's 100% start to the Championship season.

The Owls, whose 12-point deduction for breaching financial rules means they remain bottom of the table on minus eight points, edged a tight first half of few chances.

But City played with greater tempo after the break and were rewarded just before the hour, Rowe skilfully sliding the ball past Cameron Dawson from Chris Martin's cushioned header.

The Robins, who go joint top of the table with Reading after three matches of the new season, remained in control after taking the lead but both sides still struggled to create openings.

Kadeem Harris had the best opportunity for the visitors but failed to make a clear connection with a tricky bouncing ball.

City wrapped up the points in injury time, Jamie Paterson cutting in from the left and curling a shot into the far corner.

The Owls will rue not making more of an impressive first half which saw Massimo Luongo and Barry Bannan dominant in the midfield and Harris unable to convert a couple of half-chances, notably when he scuffed an effort wide from a fine Elias Kachunga cross.

However, City's steady improvement saw them seize control after the interval and soon led to a well-worked opener, Rowe grabbing the first league goal Wednesday have conceded so far this season from a typically alert assist by former Derby striker Martin.

The home side, with Nahki Wells and Andreas Weimann continuing to cause problems, saw out a first win over the Owls following four consecutive defeats when Paterson's measured strike found the bottom corner in the 93rd minute.

City's victory means they have won their opening three matches to a league season for the first time since 2001-02 in the third tier. They last did so in the second tier in 1927-28.

Bristol City boss Dean Holden: "It's three wins from three and, particularly with Covid-19 causing so much distress, I would not want to deprive our supporters of something to smile about.

"But inside the club the feeling is only to focus fully on the next game. I have had managers call me already telling me to enjoy it and I will do that, without getting carried away in any sense.

"The lads have taken on board what we want from them. Wednesday were the better side in the first half if I am honest, but we tweaked a few things at the break and the first goal changed the game."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk: "We were the better side in the first half and created some good chances without being able to take them. When you do that in a game, you know that good teams are going to come back at you at some stage.

"We knew it was going to be a tight match against opponents in good form and had we scored when on top it might have been a different story.

"But we couldn't quite get our noses in front and you need things to go right for you in front of goal. Now it is all about how we react to our first defeat and we must do so positively."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Vyner
  • 23Moore
  • 5Mawson
  • 2HuntSubstituted forS Sessegnonat 90'minutes
  • 10PatersonBooked at 44mins
  • 30BakinsonBooked at 34mins
  • 14Weimann
  • 25Rowe
  • 7MartinSubstituted forDiédhiouat 90'minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forSemenyoat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dasilva
  • 9Diédhiou
  • 12O'Leary
  • 18Semenyo
  • 19Eliasson
  • 29Brunt
  • 43S Sessegnon

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 27Iorfa
  • 15Lees
  • 4van Aken
  • 2PalmerSubstituted forRhodesat 84'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 10Bannan
  • 7K HarrisBooked at 71mins
  • 24BrownSubstituted forDele-Bashiruat 68'minutes
  • 18Windass
  • 45KachungaSubstituted forReachat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 11Reach
  • 13Börner
  • 17Dele-Bashiru
  • 20Rhodes
  • 22Odubajo
  • 28Wildsmith
Referee:
Tony Harrington

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

  4. Post update

    Joost van Aken (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommy Rowe.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joost van Aken.

  7. Post update

    Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Josh Windass (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Steven Sessegnon replaces Jack Hunt.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Famara Diédhiou replaces Chris Martin.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes replaces Liam Palmer.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a headed pass.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Antoine Semenyo replaces Nahki Wells.

  20. Post update

    Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City33006159
2Reading33006159
3Swansea32103037
4Bournemouth32105327
5Watford32102027
6Blackburn320111386
7Luton32013216
8Birmingham31202115
9Millwall31202115
10Brentford31114224
11QPR31115414
12Coventry31114404
13Norwich31113304
14Rotherham31112204
15Stoke311112-14
16Cardiff310234-13
17Huddersfield310214-33
18Middlesbrough302123-12
19Preston301224-21
20Barnsley301203-31
21Nottm Forest300305-50
22Derby300318-70
23Wycombe300308-80
24Sheff Wed3111220-8
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