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Bristol City 2-3 Cardiff City

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Anthony Pilkington celebrates with his Cardiff City teammates after his late goal saw the Welsh club beat Bristol City

Cardiff City took all three points against Bristol City in a pulsating Severnside derby.

A brilliant shot from Cardiff's Anthony Pilkington with five minutes left completed a fine fightback.

The home side went ahead when a Joe Bryan effort hit the bar, but bounced in off Cardiff goalkeeper Brian Murphy.

Pilkington equalised from the penalty spot. Tammy Abraham put Bristol City back ahead before Kadeem Harris header levelled and Pilkington won it.

All the action at Ashton Gate came in the second period after a cautious first-half out of keeping with the usual intensity of this fierce rivalry.

Bristol City dominated the opening 45 minutes, but failed to carve out a clear-cut chance. Indeed it was Bluebirds' midfielder Peter Whittingham who came closest as his shot deflected over with nine minutes gone.

But the game burst into life on 51 minutes when Bryan's superb 20-yard volley hit the Cardiff bar, but bounced into the net off the back of goalkeeper Murphy.

Neil Warnock's men were handed a lifeline on 74 minutes when Joe Ralls was brought down in the box and a penalty was given. Pilkington made no mistake from the spot.

It precipitated a flurry of late goals which the earlier mundane action had hardly indicated.

Tammy Abraham put Lee Johnson's side back ahead with a close-range finish, but on 82 minutes Cardiff were level again as substitute Harris headed home.

And three minutes later Pilkington let loose a fantastic 25-yard strike to hand the Welsh club all three points.

It meant Cardiff have done the double over Bristol City this term having beaten them in the Welsh capital in Warnock's first game in charge after taking over as boss in October.

For the hosts, the slide continues. Johnson's side have now lost seven games on the trot, equalling an unwanted club record.

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 31Hegeler
  • 4Flint
  • 42Wright
  • 2LittleBooked at 90mins
  • 8BrownhillSubstituted forPatersonat 87'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 3Bryan
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forTomlinat 87'minutes
  • 22DjuricSubstituted forWilbrahamat 83'minutes
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 6O'Neil
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12O'Donnell
  • 16Engvall
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 20Paterson
  • 23Magnusson

Cardiff

  • 28Murphy
  • 2Peltier
  • 16Connolly
  • 4Morrison
  • 14BambaBooked at 35mins
  • 3BennettSubstituted forK Harrisat 69'minutes
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 62minsSubstituted forHoilettat 69'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8Ralls
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forHalfordat 88'minutes
  • 26Zohore

Substitutes

  • 11Noone
  • 15Halford
  • 19Lambert
  • 21Amos
  • 24K Harris
  • 33Hoilett
  • 37Healey
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
19,452

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home19
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Cardiff City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Cardiff City 3.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Bristol City).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Mark Little.

Booking

Mark Little (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Greg Halford replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sol Bamba.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson replaces Josh Brownhill.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Lee Tomlin replaces Callum O'Dowda.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Cardiff City 3. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kadeem Harris.

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Milan Djuric.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Cardiff City 2. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Cardiff City 1. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Milan Djuric with a headed pass.

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Cardiff City 1. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Mark Little (Bristol City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cardiff City. Joe Ralls draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Joe Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Junior Hoilett replaces Peter Whittingham.

Foul by Milan Djuric (Bristol City).

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Foul by Milan Djuric (Bristol City).

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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7Derby2611782419540
8Fulham25109643301339
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10Barnsley26115104339438
11Norwich26114114239337
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14Ipswich2697102831-334
15Brentford2696113333033
16Wolves2688103334-132
17QPR2695122536-1132
18Cardiff2586113040-1030
19Bristol City2683153538-327
20Nottm Forest2676133745-827
21Burton2667132636-1025
22Blackburn2666143143-1224
23Wigan2657142231-922
24Rotherham2644182756-2916
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