Yesterday afternoon, Bristol City came out on top in their Severnside derby clash with Bristol City, managing to win 1-0 to pick up their first three points on Cardiff City soil since 2002.
The game was mainly Cardiff’s until Bristol City began to get a stranglehold in the game and Josh Brownhill fired home from outside the area midway inside the second half to send the visiting supporters into pandemonium.
Here, we look at three things we learned during the Robins’ win over their rivals as they climbed back up into the play-offs as they continue to flirt with the idea of promotion…
The wing-backs are crucial to how Bristol City play
Pedro Pereira and Tommy Rowe both showed their ability at wing-back in tough tests against two pacey and skillful Cardiff wingers in the form of Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
The pair withstood the test defensively as they helped keep Cardiff’s clean sheet intact, as well as adding pace and directness while going forward with Rowe even grabbing the assist for Brownhill’s winning strike.
The pair may only have been thrust into the wing-back positions as second choice because of injuries to Jay Dasilva and Jack Hunt on the left and right side respectively, however they have shown the quality Lee Johnson has available in his squad.
Brownhill is so important to the Robins
The City skipper’s strike to win the Severnside derby was top drawer as he hammered his effort past Neil Etheridge, and he once again showed why he’s important to Lee Johnson.
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The trustworthy midfielder has started every Championship game this season and the impact that he has had on the pitch has been second to none as his passing and dominant midfield display against Cardiff helped drag the Robins over the line.
Williams is central to how Johnson’s men defend
The combative centre-back has grown in confidence and his performances have been consistent as another excellent display of defending at the back from Bristol City’s 35-year-old defender saw off their derby rivals.
Ashley Williams threw himself in front of every ball and a crucial block from Mendez-Laing late on possibly prevented the Bluebirds winger from equalising.
The summer signing has been City’s best defensive performer this campaign with his excellent displays at the back, and coupled with his leadership and positioning sense, the Robins were always going to be in safe hands with the former Swansea City captain protecting his goal.