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Bristol City 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Jamie Paterson
Jamie Paterson scored his first goal for Bristol City in his fifth appearance

Jamie Paterson's strike helped Bristol City earn a narrow victory over his former club Nottingham Forest.

It was the 24-year-old's first goal for the Robins since he left Forest to join them on a three-year deal in August.

Apostolos Vellios gave the visitors an early lead at Ashton Gate as he found the back of the net via the post.

However, a poor backpass from Danny Fox allowed Tammy Abraham to equalise for Bristol City before Paterson's toe poke gave his side all three points.

Forest, looking for their first league win in six, enjoyed a lot of success down the left and Ben Osborn drove past the Robins defence before passing to Henri Lansbury, who played the ball across the goal to Vellios for his fourth goal of the season.

The home side pressed for an equaliser after the break and Abraham netted his 11th goal of the season when he pounced on Fox's mistake and rounded goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic before slotting in from a tight angle.

Three minutes later, City turned the game on its head as a long free-kick was headed down in the box by Abraham allowing Paterson the simplest of goals.

Victory maintained Bristol City's place in the Championship's top six as Forest dropped to 18th, four points above the drop zone.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson:

"The attitude of the players at the end of a really tough run of games was little short of miraculous.

"I had to change things at half-time. It was no reflection on the players taken off, but we had to get more attacking options on the field.

"We had a bit of luck with the back-pass for Tammy's goal, but our pressing was good throughout and Tammy still had to finish it.

"The second goal demoralised Forest and sometimes things are written in the stars, like Jamie Paterson scoring against his old club."

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier:

"We had good control of the game except for a spell of about eight minutes that cost us the result.

"I thought we played well in the first half and deserved to lead 1-0. We knew Bristol City would push onto our back four in the second half, but we were strong and just lost the game in that vital eight minutes.

"Bristol played well, but I thought we deserved something and it is tough on my players to lose after that performance.

"What we are doing at the moment is not sufficient. We need to be more efficient and take care of the details which make the difference in a close match."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 17MooreSubstituted forWilbrahamat 45'minutes
  • 4Flint
  • 23Magnusson
  • 13Golbourne
  • 21PackSubstituted forO'Neilat 45'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 20Paterson
  • 14ReidBooked at 24minsSubstituted forBryanat 82'minutes
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 9AbrahamBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 3Bryan
  • 6O'Neil
  • 12O'Donnell
  • 15Freeman
  • 16Engvall
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 27Matthews

Nottm Forest

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 27PerquisSubstituted forLamat 45'minutes
  • 13FoxBooked at 23mins
  • 22Kasami
  • 8Cohen
  • 10Lansbury
  • 20LicáSubstituted forBendtnerat 76'minutes
  • 39Vellios
  • 11OsbornBooked at 60minsSubstituted forTraoreat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Traore
  • 12Dumitru
  • 14Bendtner
  • 24Vaughan
  • 28Lam
  • 30Henderson
  • 37Grant
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
18,922

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Armand Traore replaces Ben Osborn.

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest).

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Joe Bryan replaces Bobby Reid.

Attempt missed. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tammy Abraham (Bristol City).

Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Golbourne following a fast break.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nicklas Bendtner replaces Licá.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt missed. Licá (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Scott Golbourne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tammy Abraham following a set piece situation.

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Booking

Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Ben Osborn is caught offside.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt missed. Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield11812148625
2Norwich117222115623
3Newcastle1171322101222
4Brighton11632147721
5Bristol City116231912720
6Birmingham11551149520
7Brentford11533189918
8Reading115331215-318
9Sheff Wed115241314-117
10Barnsley115152116516
11Leeds115151213-116
12Wolves114341514115
13QPR114341417-315
14Fulham113531013-314
15Burton113441616013
16Ipswich1134489-113
17Preston114161214-213
18Nottm Forest113351922-312
19Aston Villa111731012-210
20Derby11245610-410
21Wigan112361214-29
22Blackburn112271220-88
23Cardiff11227819-118
24Rotherham111371125-146
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