Sumptuous Brownhill strike secures monumental derby victory for the Robins
Bristol City v Cardiff City - Sky Bet Championship

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 14: Anthony Pilkington of Cardiff City scores his side's third and winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Cardiff City at Ashton Gate on January 14, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)


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FT: Cardiff may feel hard done by after striking the woodwork twice,  but ultimately neither side could say they ‘deserved’ the win.

FT:  It always felt like a moment of individual brilliance would settle this attritional match, and luckily for Bristol it fell to their captain, Josh Brownhill. A monumental day for the travelling fans. 


Raptures in the away end as Bristol secure their first Severnside derby win at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Robins move into 6th while Cardiff remain in 14th. 

Four minutes of added time

90: There will be four additional minutes played in South Wales.

Cardiff substitution

88: Junior Hoilett is replaced by Callum Paterson as Cardiff look to pummel the Bristol penalty area with crosses. Robins looking well-organised though.

Bristol substitution

86: Defensive-minded full-back Taylor Moore comes on for wing-back Pedro Pereira in an attempt to see out the victory. Bristol with ten men behind the ball.

Cardiff substitution

74: Gavin Whyte comes on for Lee Tomlin.

Bristol chance

71: Weimann plays a one-two with Pereira but shoots low, straight towards Etheridge. They may come to rue this missed opportunity.


67: Brownhill - the Bristol City captain- has put his side 1-0 up across the River Severn with a sumptuous, dipping strike from 25 yards. Euphoria in the Bristol end, whose fans have never seen their side win at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Bristol substitution

64: Marley Watkins comes off for Kasey Palmer

Bristol chance

61: Pereira sweeps a guileful pass into the path of O'Dowda who cuts inside and has his shot blocked by a number of sprawling Cardiff bodies. The game is really opening up now.

Cardiff hit crossbar again

Bacuna unleashes an electric, swerving strike from the edge of the box that clips the bar and goes over. Cardiff looking far more dangerous.

Cardiff's crosses causing mayhem

50: Mendez-Laing floats a cross to Aden Flint at the far-post, but Bentley rises high and gets a palm to it. Bristol then manage to clear in the ensuing scrap.

Second half begins

45: The second half is under way in South Wales.

Whether it be a moment of individual brilliance or one team really taking the game by the scruff of the neck, this Severnside derby is perfectly poised for a second-half full of fireworks.

The Robins started the match at a greater intensity, battling well against Cardiff's physicality, but - like Cardiff -  struggled to carve out any real opportunities. 

Half time: 0-0

Honours even at the break after a closely-fought, attritional first-half. Cardiff and Aden Flint have, as always, looked  a real threat from set pieces but so far Bristol have been well-organised and prevented them from any clear-cut opportunities.

Cardiff hit crossbar

34: Junior Hoilett cuts inside from the left and rasps a powerful, curling strike against the crossbar. Cardiff dominating.

Cardiff chance

28: Lee Tomlin lifts a lovely ball to the far-right post but Bogle heads straight into Bentley's hands.

Cardiff chance

27: A nice bit of interplay between Tomlin and Bogle  on the edge of the box opens up a shooting opportunity for Mendez-Laing who curls wide of the right-post.

Bristol chance

21: Bristol are gathering some steam now, seemingly able to deal with the physicality of Cardiff. Rowe cuts back to O'Dowda on the edge of the penalty area who fires over the bar.

Marlon Pack booked

19: After a tangle of legs with Watkins, Marlon Pack has been shown a yellow card- to the delight of Bristol fans. Pack left Bristol for Cardiff in the summer.

Bristol chance

14: Etheridge clears straight into the path of Brownhill, who drives into the box and picks out Watkins. Watkins fires back into the hands of Etheridge. Enticing chance squandered.

Mendez-Laing down injured

13: Ashley Williams attempts to boot a high, bouncing ball clear, but catches Mendez-Laing on the chest. Doesn't look too serious.

Bristol chance

6: A short corner allows Callum O'Dowda to fizz a low, rasping cross into the penalty area. Ashley Williams saw it too late, only able to get a slight touch on the end of it.

Tense first five

5: Both sides looking to stretch the game with some early long balls.


1: Bristol's Andreas Weimann gets the game under way 

Minute silence accompanied by last post

South Wales remembers those who have lost their lives in combat on remembrance Sunday.


The Cardiff City Stadium is filling up as Brownhill and Pack prepare to lead the two sides out.

Johnson relishing the occasion

"This is what we love about football, these local derbies," Johnson told Sky Sports.

He continued: "Our fans will be here in force so we've got to make sure we put on a good show. We haven't got an unbelievable record here and we're aware of that - but it will be a great day to change it. "

Warnock: Bogle deserves his chance

He told Sky Sports: "I'm looking forward to watching him play to be honest [Bogle]. I can't believe he's still with us after we had a fallout last year. But he's come back this season a completely different person so hopefully he has a good game."

Bristol City team news: Taylor Moore and  Han-Noah Massengo are replaced by Ádám Nagy and Nathan Baker.

(Bentley, Nagy, Baker, Brownhill [C], O’Dowda, Weimann, Watkins, Kalas, Rowe, Williams, Pereira)

Cardiff City team news: Omar Bogle and Lee Tomlin come in for the injured Joe Ralls and suspended Danny Ward.

(Etheridge, Peltier, Nelson, Flint, Bennet, Pack [C], Bacuna, Tomlin, Mendez-Laing, Hoilett, Bogle)

Bristol’s league finishes have gradually improve across the last five seasons, and after an 8th place finish last year, many feel as though they are now well-equipped to mount a serious push for the playoffs. A win today would take the Robins into 6th place, but Cardiff - with their aerial prowess and second ball-winning speciality - can give anyone a game. If Bristol can match the fight and physicality of Cardiff, then their quality should pull them through.

The two sides haven’t met since February 2018, when Cardiff edged it 1-0 courtesy of an 82nd minute Kenneth Zohore goal. Cardiff would win promotion that year - but ultimately come straight back down. And - despite possessing the bulk of the squad that saw them miss out on Premier League survival by only two points last season - the Bluebirds have suffered an indifferent return to the Championship, sitting in 14th place.

Despite lying in different countries, Bristol and Cardiff consider themselves local rivals - Ashton Gate is less than 44 miles away from the Cardiff City Stadium. The Severnside derby is markedly more feisty at Ashton Gate, though, as Cardiff also have a big rivalry with Swansea City.

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