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Coventry City 1-3 Bristol City

Kieran Agard
Kieran Agard scored his sixth goal of the season.

Kieran Agard helped Bristol City stay top of the League One table with victory over Coventry City.

The visitors broke the deadlock when Marlon Pack struck home from distance for his first goal of the season.

Agard coolly doubled their lead on the stroke of half time after being played through on goal by Aaron Wilbraham.

Coventry's Shaun Miller then latched onto James Maddison's ball before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas supplied Scott Wagstaff late on as Bristol City sealed victory.

The result means the Sky Blues slip to 17th and are without a win in seven league matches whilst Bristol City are still unbeaten this season.

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"I think the physical aspects were the difference in the teams today. They possessed greater physicality than us, and the outcome of the game was defined by that.

"There were some positive signs in the second half, but there are too many players who need to step up to the mark.

"What was encouraging for me was that I've been here for 20 months and I want self-policing at this club, and if we're losing games they're pointing fingers at each other, and we got that today. That's what winners do: winners demand more of each other. Winning teams are driven by the players.

"It's difficult times for us just now, I am aware of that. There's frustration and there's a lack of confidence but I'm truly determined to turn that round and I believe I will turn this round. We need to never accept defeat, to show resilience and a strong mentality."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill: Robins boss on Coventry win

"It's a fantastic win and I think Coventry are a good team who are down on their luck a little bit at the moment.

"I think Steven Pressley has done a really good job here and I think he will continue to do that for sure.

"We had a 20 minute period in the second half at 2-0 where we stepped off it a little bit. We weren't getting hurt and then all of a sudden we relaxed a little too much.

"They upped their game and scored the goal. All of a sudden that's given us a shake and we needed to get a grip of the game again."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Allsop
  • 24Clarke
  • 2Willis
  • 4Webster
  • 18Phillips
  • 14CoulibalySubstituted forMaddisonat 45'minutes
  • 11O'Brien
  • 16Barton
  • 3PughSubstituted forHaynesat 38'minutes
  • 9McQuoidSubstituted forMillerat 63'minutes
  • 12Jackson

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 6Thomas
  • 15Miller
  • 17Daniels
  • 20Tudgay
  • 26Haynes
  • 36Maddison

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 2Little
  • 8ElliottBooked at 90mins
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forWagstaffat 90+1'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 23Bryan
  • 18WilbrahamSubstituted forBurnsat 90+4'minutes
  • 19AgardSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 20Burns
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
11,888

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Bristol City 3.

Full Time

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

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 1, Bristol City 3. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Booking

Wade Elliott (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Luke Freeman.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Kieran Agard.

Adam Barton (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 1, Bristol City 2. Shaun Miller (Coventry City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Bristol City).

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

Kieran Agard (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Luke Freeman (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) header from very close range is too high.

Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

Shaun Miller (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Shaun Miller replaces Josh McQuoid.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Hand ball by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by James Maddison.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

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

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

Delay in match Mark Little (Bristol City) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1394028131531
2Peterborough138232213926
3Swindon1164123121122
4Preston1164122111122
5MK Dons1162325141120
6Notts County125521710720
7Sheff Utd126241918120
8Chesterfield125432218419
9Fleetwood135441411319
10Oldham134721715219
11Bradford135351616018
12Rochdale125252013717
13Barnsley124351819-115
14Doncaster114251218-614
15Crawley134271223-1114
16Colchester133461719-213
17Coventry133461419-513
18Gillingham133461319-613
19Yeovil133461221-913
20Leyton Orient122641315-212
21Walsall132651114-312
22Port Vale133371521-612
23Scunthorpe133281526-1111
24Crewe133191130-1910
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