City Chat

It was a memorable evening at Ashton Gate on Tuesday as Bristol City beat play-off rivals West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in one of the most entertaining games of the season.

City have had a tendency to start games slowly at home this season, but the opposite was true here.

The Robins came flying out of the blocks and, employing a high press, caused their opponents all sorts of problems.

In just the second minute of the match Pack nicked the ball off a Baggies centre-half and gave the ball to Josh Brownhill who placed a neat one-two with Weimann before firing home from eight yards.

A couple of minutes later Marlon Pack again won the ball which led to a good chance but Niclas Eliasson blasted over the bar.

But the home faithful didn’t have to wait long for City’s second.

Brownhill headed the ball into the six-yard box and Andreas Weimann was on hand with a poacher’s finish.

The celebrations had barely subsided when City added a third to round-off a remarkable opening 20 minutes.

Jay DaSilva’s deep cross into the box was met by the head of Jack Hunt who finished from close range.

Shortly after, Max O’Leary in the City goal was called into action for the first time.

The City academy youngster tipped over a dangerous looking free kick.

He made two other impressive saves with his legs later in the game.

City made it to half-time without conceding but unfortunately let one in with the second half barely underway.

Gayle nodded home from a free-kick on 47 minutes.

City then had a great opportunity when DaSilva broke through on goal but his side-foot effort hit the post.

It was a nervy final 15 minutes after Jay Rodriguez made it 3-2 but City held out for a big win.

We now travel to Villa Park on Saturday for a big six-pointer to face Dean Smith's Aston Villa who are also chasing a play-off place.