Josh Brownhill put in an excellent performance as Bristol City managed to come up trumps with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City at the weekend.
The 23-year-old skippered City to the victory as his mature performance was a heart on sleeve display for the 90 minutes, the midfielder’s rocket of a shot 67 minutes in nestling in the back of the net past the despairing dive of Neil Etheridge to seal the three points.
Brownhill played a major role in City’s first win on Cardiff soil since 2002 thanks to his goal and important display from the centre of the park, and here’s just why his individual performance was so important…
From the middle of the park, the Robins skipper wasn’t afraid of getting on the ball and sprayed the ball around with purpose, constantly scanning the rest of the pitch to make sure that he was able to get on the ball in space without the pass being intercepted or the 23-year-old turning into trouble.
Brownhill being able to get on the ball and dictate the tempo of the play with his 55 successful passes meant that the players further forward were able to express themselves and they knew that the captain was able to find them every time when he was able to play forward.
The skipper put in a typical captain’s performance from central midfield as his leadership really helped City through the game in the Severnside derby as they held off Cardiff when the siege came late on into the game, the midfielder making sure that the ball was kept as far away from his goal as possible.
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The 2016 summer signing from Preston North End took the safety first approach as he cleared the ball away from his own goal three times with an excellent box-to-box performance, while also winning his battles in central midfield and winning five aerial duels throughout the afternoon.
Brownhill’s stunning strike in the second half earned Bristol City the three points as his goal was worthy of a midfield general and worthy of winning any derby game, and he once again stated why he is so important to how the Bristol City midfield works.