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Bristol City 0-2 Blackburn Rovers

Grant Hanley celebrates getting Blackburn's opener
Grant Hanley celebrates getting Blackburn's opener

Blackburn scored twice in the second half to defeat 10-man Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

On-loan Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker was sent off for a second booking shortly after half-time.

And Grant Hanley netted 10 minutes later as he volleyed in from close range after Shane Duffy's knockdown.

Rovers sealed their second win under Paul Lambert late on when Ben Marshall scored from the penalty spot after Aden Flint brought down Markus Olsson.

The win lifted Blackburn to 13th in the Championship, while City were left above of the relegation places on goal difference only.

Steve Cotterill's side failed to cause major problems for Blackburn's defence, with Bobby Reid's early strike forcing the only serious save from Jason Steele.

Baker then collected a yellow card for a foul and was lucky to escape when he subsequently brought down Jordan Rhodes.

City's Frank Fielding made a great stop from Duffy in the first half, with Luke Ayling clearing Hope Akpan's rebound off the line.

Baker erred once too often for referee Geoff Eltringham's liking following the interval and was dismissed following a bodycheck challenge. Blackburn took control from that point onwards.

Following Hanley's opener, Elliott Bennett had a close-range shot deflected wide for the home side before Marshall converted the late spot kick to seal the three points.

Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Lambert:

"I thought my team were excellent from start to finish.

"Do I think we need more players in January? Absolutely. We need to be stronger, but we can't go crazy.

"There is a really good feeling at the club at the moment and we'll do all we can to keep creeping up the table.

"The problem we have is tempering expectation levels. It is a great football club and the good news during the week that the embargo has been lifted gave everyone a lift."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill:

"The one awarded to Blackburn at the end was never a penalty in a million years. Their player has taken an extra stride before going down and Aden Flint never touched him.

"That is four penalties awarded against us, without us getting one, and none of them have been fouls.

"The sending-off is our fault and I am not defending Nathan Baker over it. We just want the rub of the green occasionally with decisions."

Nathan Baker is sent off
Nathan Baker is sent off for a second booking
Ben Marshall sends Frank Fielding the wrong way from the penalty spot
Ben Marshall sends Frank Fielding the wrong way from the penalty spot....
Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele
....to the delight of goalkeeper Jason Steele

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 13Bennett
  • 5Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 17BakerBooked at 49mins
  • 3WilliamsSubstituted forBryanat 84'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forWilbrahamat 66'minutes
  • 14Reid
  • 10AgardSubstituted forMooreat 56'minutes
  • 22Kodjia

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 9Cox
  • 16Moore
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 20Burns
  • 23Bryan
  • 24O'Leary

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 30Steele
  • 2Henley
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 14Olsson
  • 10Marshall
  • 29EvansSubstituted forGuthrieat 76'minutes
  • 21Akpan
  • 32Conway
  • 16LawrenceBooked at 69minsSubstituted forTaylorat 71'minutes
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forBrownat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 9Brown
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 23Guthrie
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
15,021

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 0, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Liam Moore (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

    Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Chris Taylor is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  10. Post update

    Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Moore (Bristol City).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Aden Flint.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Markus Olsson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Adam Henley.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 0, Blackburn Rovers 2. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Markus Olsson draws a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Aden Flint (Bristol City) after a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Joe Bryan replaces Derrick Williams because of an injury.