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Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday2Bristol CityBristol City0

Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Bristol City

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal
Sheffield Wednesday's new manager Carlos Carvalhal is the first non-UK manager in their 148-year history

Carlos Carvalhal made a winning debut in English football as his Sheffield Wednesday side beat Bristol City on their return to the Championship.

Tom Lees opened the scoring for the new-look Owls, heading an Alex Lopez corner past Frank Fielding.

In a remarkable piece of end-to-end action, Lewis McGugan made it two with a volley, having cleared a Wes Burns header off the line moments earlier.

Defeat for the Robins ended their 15-match unbeaten Football League run.

Steve Cotterill's Bristol City were promoted last season as League One title winners with a club-record points total.

And they started solidly against a much-changed Owls side led for the first time in competitive action by 49-year-old Portuguese head coach Carvalhal, who replaced Stuart Gray in June.

Bristol City

Four of Carvalhal's 11 summer signings - Lopez, Marco Matias, Ross Wallace and Jack Hunt - started on their debut for the hosts and combined to create the clearest of the few first-half chances.

Matias twice threatened, first hitting a tame half-volley from a Wallace cross before shooting off target after making space for himself down the left.

A poor Aden Flint clearance then allowed Wednesday to pile more pressure on, with Wallace and Atdhe Nuhiu combining well, only for Fielding to get enough of a touch on the ball to send Lopez's 12-yard attempt over the bar.

While Fielding got a hand to Lees' header on the hour mark, the goalkeeper was beaten by the sheer power of the defender's header as Wednesday took the lead.

And just as the visitors looked to have restored parity through Burns' header, McGugan intervened on the line and immediately made his way upfield to meet a cross from Wallace and finish from close range.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "I am happy because people around me are happy. We had a very good and professional exhibition today.

"Bristol is a good team. They will be very good during the season, they play good football. We analysed them. Football is a clever game and if you understand what you have to do, it helps, and we did that today.

"What I am trying to do is create a new era for the club, to break the last 15 years which was not good for the club. It was not just the last season - the last 15 seasons were not good for the club."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill: "They played counter-attacking football at home. That's what I felt happened today.

"I felt like our football was just as good as theirs, if not better. But the most important thing is they won the game 2-0. I don't want to harp on about the counter-attacking.

"Sheffield Wednesday are a good club and good luck to them going forward. But, when you look at it today, from our point of view, the first goal was against the run of play and you can dominate the game but if you don't win the game it doesn't mean anything."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32HuntSubstituted forPalmerat 90'minutes
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 17Helan
  • 21López
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 33WallaceBooked at 43minsSubstituted forLeeat 83'minutes
  • 10McGugan
  • 7Matias
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Palmer
  • 6Semedo
  • 13Lavery
  • 18Lucas João
  • 20Lee
  • 23Sasso
  • 28Wildsmith

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 12FredericksBooked at 43minsSubstituted forAgardat 80'minutes
  • 5Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 23BryanSubstituted forBurnsat 36'minutes
  • 15Freeman
  • 21PackBooked at 65mins
  • 7Smith
  • 18WilbrahamBooked at 90mins
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forRobinsonat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6El-Abd
  • 8Robinson
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 14Reid
  • 20Burns
  • 24O'Leary
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
23,255

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Bristol City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

    Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Luke Ayling (Bristol City).

  11. Post update

    Álex López (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

  13. Post update

    Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. Post update

    Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer replaces Jack Hunt because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Wes Burns (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.