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Bristol City 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Tammy Abraham
Tammy Abraham (right) is the fourth player to pass 20 goals in the Championship this season

Bristol City moved four points clear of the Championship relegation zone by beating Wolves, whose five-match winning run was ended at Ashton Gate.

Aden Flint headed against the bar for the hosts before Jamie Paterson curled in their opener from 18 yards.

Tammy Abraham's coolly taken penalty made it 2-0 after Matt Doherty had brought down Mark Little in the box.

Abraham's second from close range sealed the win, with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson getting Wolves' consolation.

The Iceland striker scored his first goal since 20 August, but it came too late for Wanderers to mount a serious comeback.

City had started Saturday's game just one point above Blackburn, but their win and Rovers' home defeat by Barnsley established a valuable cushion over the bottom three with five matches left to play.

Two successive wins before the international break appeared to have eased some of the pressure on City, but away losses at Brentford and Preston - the latter a 5-0 defeat on Tuesday - put Lee Johnson's side back in trouble.

However, they capitalised on a poor Wolves performance, which was massively below par compared with those that earned boss Paul Lambert the Championship manager of the month award for March.

Wanderers, who gave a first start to teenager Morgan Gibbs-White, struggled for creativity without injured record signing Helder Costa and winger Ivan Cavaleiro, who came off the bench to replace the 17-year-old shortly after City's third goal.

Lee Johnson celebrates
Lee Johnson's Bristol City have beaten Huddersfield and Wolves in consecutive home games

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson: "After conceding five at Preston, I needed to pick players I could trust today and the reaction was just as I had hoped.

"We had energy about us and did the basics well.

"The job is far from done, but I have never doubted our ability to stay in the Championship."

Wolves boss Paul Lambert: "We fell below the high standards we have set and when that happens in the Championship you get beaten.

"I am not going to have a go at the players because they have been brilliant in recent games.

"All good things come to an end, but we are certainly not going to pretend our season is over."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Little
  • 4FlintBooked at 63mins
  • 42Wright
  • 3Bryan
  • 8Brownhill
  • 7Smith
  • 21Pack
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 85'minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forHegelerat 90+4'minutes
  • 12TaylorSubstituted forWilbrahamat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Tomlin
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 23Magnusson
  • 31Hegeler
  • 32Cotterill
  • 33Giefer

Wolves

  • 21Lonergan
  • 16Coady
  • 6Batth
  • 30Hause
  • 2Doherty
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 31mins
  • 14EvansSubstituted forSaissat 80'minutes
  • 63Weimann
  • 55Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forCavaleiroat 54'minutes
  • 64Marshall
  • 9DickoSubstituted forBödvarssonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Saville
  • 19Price
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 27Saiss
  • 31Burgoyne
  • 50Cavaleiro
  • 60Williamson
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
20,323

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jens Hegeler replaces Tammy Abraham.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Jamie Paterson.

Attempt saved. Andreas Weimann (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss replaces Lee Evans.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Matty Taylor.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Nouha Dicko.

Booking

Aden Flint (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tammy Abraham (Bristol City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Brownhill with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Morgan Gibbs-White.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton41268769353486
2Newcastle41266974353984
3Huddersfield40235125046474
4Reading41227125657-173
5Leeds412261355391672
6Sheff Wed412091253411269
7Fulham4118131072522067
8Derby411711134841762
9Preston411613125951861
10Norwich411791572621060
11Aston Villa411513134340358
12Brentford41168176559656
13Barnsley411511155856256
14Cardiff411510165658-255
15Wolves40149175152-151
16QPR41148194755-850
17Ipswich411116144351-849
18Birmingham411113174160-1946
19Nottm Forest41129205666-1045
20Burton411112184155-1445
21Bristol City41128215361-844
22Blackburn41913194763-1640
23Wigan41910223551-1637
24Rotherham4145323593-5817
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