Bristol City beat Cardiff City to move into Championship play-off places with Josh Brownhill scoring a long-range effort


Bristol City beat Cardiff City to move into Championship play-off places with Josh Brownhill scoring a long-range effort

Bristol City earned bragging rights over Cardiff City as Josh Brownhill’s long-range strike earned them a 1-0 win in the Severnside derby.

The Robins captain scored the only goal of the game in the 67th minute to send his side into the Championship play-off places.

It was more derby-day woe for Neil Warnock following his side’s defeat to Swansea two weeks ago.

Lee Johnson’s Bristol City side moved up to sixth place
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Their miserable run of one victory from their last six matches leaves them in 14th place, seven points adrift of the top six.

Joe Ralls played through the pain of a groin injury to net a hat-trick against Birmingham last weekend.

But this game proved too much for the midfielder who was replaced by former Robins playmaker Lee Tomlin.

Omar Bogle came in for the suspended Danny Ward up front as Marlon Pack captained the Bluebirds despite only moving across the border from Bristol City on deadline day.

Johnson opted for the defensive solidarity of three centre-backs with the inclusion of Nathan Baker in place of Taylor Moore.

Neil Warnock’s Cardiff are struggling for results
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Han-Noah Massengo dropped to the bench as Adam Nagy made a long awaited return from an ankle injury.

Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge almost gifted the visitors an early goal with a wayward clearance that went straight to Brownhill.

The midfielder took the ball into the Cardiff box and crossed for Marley Watkins, but Aden Flint scrambled back to deny his former employers.

Warnock’s men grew in confidence after their early scare and thought their pressure should have resulted in a penalty when Baker tugged at Flint’s shirt as he tried to meet Pack’s corner.

While many were still protesting, Junior Hoilett picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and rattled the crossbar with a fierce curling shot.