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Bristol City 0-1 Leeds United: Patrick Bamford gives Marcelo Bielsa's side victory

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford's seventh goal of the season earned Leeds victory at Ashton Gate

Patrick Bamford scored his fourth goal in as many games as Leeds United beat Bristol City to maintain their push for promotion from the Championship.

The former Chelsea striker, signed from Middlesbrough last summer, scored the game's only goal when he converted Luke Ayling's knockdown from close range.

Marcelo Bielsa's side had slipped to third after Sheffield United's win over Rotherham United in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, but victory at Ashton Gate moved them back into the automatic promotion places.

Despite failing to add to Bamford's early strike, Leeds produced a controlled performance and were fully deserving of the three points.

Pablo Hernandez and Tyler Roberts both missed chances to make it 2-0, while Famara Diedhiou wasted City's best opportunity on the stroke of half-time, taking a heavy touch instead of shooting when well placed.

It was not until the final 10 minutes that Lee Johnson's team really looked like mustering an equaliser, but they were unable to find a way past a United defence marshalled by Liam Cooper, who became only the 12th man to captain Leeds 100 times.

The Whites' fourth win in five games leaves them two points behind leaders Norwich City, who beat Swansea City on Friday.

Bristol City, who handed a first start to 19-year-old forward Antoine Semenyo, slipped to seventh in the table after Derby County's draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa:

"It is a risk talking about even being safe in the top three at this stage. There are so many tough matches ahead.

"Today ended up a 50-50 game. In the first hour we could have scored more, but in the final 15 minutes our opponents could have got a draw. At the end they played lot of aerial balls into our box where the consequences of mistakes can be high.

"My team played with a lot of experience in that period when we couldn't launch counter attacks. Our goalkeeper Kiko Casilla brings serenity to the team because he does not make mistakes whatever situation he faces [and] Kalvin Phillips did well in a role protecting the back-four."

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm disappointed that we haven't taken at least a point as there were opportunities for us in the second half. We battled, we competed, but ultimately they were better than us on the day.

"They were very much on the front foot and aggressive and we knew that would be the case but didn't quite have the quality on the day to combat that in some areas. They're good at what they do. We have to learn that in the top games you can't give an inch.

"We have to improve on Tuesday night (against Ipswich) as it's a big game. The fans showed their discontent at half time, I'm not sure who that was directed at, me, the players or the referee, but we need them behind us on Tuesday."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 24O'Leary
  • 5WrightBooked at 61mins
  • 22Kalas
  • 4WebsterBooked at 87mins
  • 3Dasilva
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21PackSubstituted forPalmerat 79'minutes
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forWeimannat 59'minutes
  • 18SemenyoBooked at 34minsSubstituted forTaylorat 58'minutes
  • 20Paterson
  • 9DiedhiouBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 14Weimann
  • 17Kelly
  • 19Eliasson
  • 32Hunt
  • 34Marinovic
  • 45Palmer

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2AylingBooked at 80mins
  • 18Jansson
  • 6CooperBooked at 19mins
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 88mins
  • 23Phillips
  • 19Hernández
  • 11Roberts
  • 43KlichSubstituted forBerardiat 83'minutes
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forDouglasat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forDallasat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 3Douglas
  • 15Dallas
  • 28Berardi
  • 37Brown
  • 46Shackleton
  • 53Gotts
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
24,832

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home4
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 0, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Leeds United 1.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

Offside, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips tries a through ball, but Tyler Roberts is caught offside.

Hand ball by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Booking

Barry Douglas (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Leeds United).

Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matty Taylor with a cross.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Adam Webster (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Webster (Bristol City).

Kiko Casilla (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Webster (Bristol City).

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Gaetano Berardi replaces Mateusz Klich.

Booking

Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

Booking

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kasey Palmer replaces Marlon Pack.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Barry Douglas replaces Jack Harrison.

Kiko Casilla (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Famara Diedhiou with a headed pass.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich36219672452772
2Leeds36217860382270
3Sheff Utd36208861342768
4West Brom361710968482061
5Middlesbrough351513739261358
6Derby361510114644255
7Bristol City35159114437754
8Nottm Forest361314950401053
9Preston361312115549651
10Birmingham35121495345850
11Hull36148145051-150
12Brentford3513101260471349
13Sheff Wed361213114249-749
14Aston Villa35111596153848
15Swansea35138144543247
16Stoke361015113742-545
17Blackburn361111144756-944
18QPR36127174255-1343
19Reading36812164053-1336
20Wigan3699183652-1636
21Millwall36810183955-1634
22Rotherham36615153758-2133
23Bolton3678212456-3229
24Ipswich36313202860-3222
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