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2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Joe Bryan (51')
  • Jamie Paterson (54')
  • Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (75' OG)

Bristol City sink Middlesbrough to show they mean business in promotion battle

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Bristol City 2-1 Middlesbrough: Robins up to third (1:49)

Bristol City scored twice in three minutes get the better of Middlesbrough and move up to third place in the Championship. (1:49)

Bristol City struck twice in three second-half minutes to boost their Sky Bet Championship promotion bid with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate.
The hosts went in front after 51 minutes when Bailey Wright's deep cross from the right was headed in by Joe Bryan, whose close-range effort gave goalkeeper Darren Randolph no chance.
Before Middlesbrough regrouped, a breathtaking move out of defence led to Jamie Paterson driving home a second City goal.
It began with clever ball skills from Korey Smith and was carried on by Aden Flint who crossed for Paterson to strike past Randolph from 10 yards.
The visitors were given hope when Iceland international Hordur Magnusson headed an innocuous ball past his own goalkeeper after 75 minutes.
But Lee Johnson's men held out with few alarms, going close again when Josh Brownhill's late drive brought a diving save from Randolph.
Middlesbrough created the first chance after five minutes when Britt Assombalonga was given the benefit of a marginal offside decision, only to shoot over from 12 yards.
City's first effort came five minutes later when top scorer Bobby Reid fired narrowly wide of the near post from Korey Smith's long ball forward.
The hosts were looking dangerous as Bryan's shot from an angle on the left was deflected and scrambled to safety by Randolph.
City went close again after 23 minutes when Marlon Pack's shot from the edge of the box was touched on by Nathan Baker and cleared off the line.
Boro were threatening down their left flank where Adama Traore was giving City right-back Wright a torrid time.
When Traore won a 50-50 challenge between the pair he raced forward with menace, but shot tamely wide.
City were still looking the more likely team to open the scoring and Paterson was narrowly wide with a 38th-minute volley. Then Baker's diving header from a Paterson cross was saved by Randolph.
Boro responded and Fabio's shot from outside the box took a slight deflection before being parried by goalkeeper Frank Fielding.
The half-time scoreline was blank and fair. City started the second period on the front foot with Reid shooting high over the bar from Paterson's low cross.
The two goals in quick succession looked to have settled the outcome and Bryan threatened to add to them, shooting wide and then at goalkeeper Randolph.
But Magnusson's dreadful error breathed new life into Middlesbrough and the home side had to defend solidly, particularly against the dangerous Traore, before the final whistle had Ashton Gate rocking, with City up to third in the table.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 +28 62
2 Derby County 28 +21 53
3 Cardiff City 28 +15 51
4 Aston Villa 28 +17 50
5 Bristol City 28 +8 48
6 Sheffield United 28 +10 46
7 Fulham 28 +12 45
8 Middlesbrough 28 +11 44
9 Brentford 28 +7 43
10 Leeds United 28 +7 43
11 Preston North End 28 +4 42
12 Ipswich Town 28 +1 40
13 Norwich City 28 -5 37
14 Nottingham Forest 28 -8 35
15 Millwall 28 0 34
16 Queens Park Rangers 28 -9 33
17 Sheffield Wednesday 28 -4 32
18 Reading 28 -6 29
19 Barnsley 28 -12 27
20 Bolton Wanderers 28 -20 26
21 Hull City 28 -6 25
22 Sunderland 28 -17 25
23 Birmingham City 28 -23 24
24 Burton Albion 28 -31 24