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  • English Npower Championship
  • 29 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Ashton Gate
  • Attendance: 13,586
Bristol CBristol CvWatfordWatford
2
  • Cunningham, 43
  • Anderson, 65
0

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Match ends, Bristol City 2, Watford 0.

90+5 mins:Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Watford 0.

90+3 mins:Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

90+3 mins:Jon Stead (Bristol City) wins a free kick.

90+2 mins:Substitution, Bristol City. Lewin Nyatanga replaces Greg Cunningham because of an injury.

90+1 mins:Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

83 mins:Nyron Nosworthy (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82 mins:Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Watford).

82 mins:Jon Stead (Bristol City) wins a free kick.

82 mins:Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

79 mins:Corner, Watford.

78 mins:Corner, Bristol City.

74 mins:Substitution, Watford. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces John Eustace.

73 mins:Substitution, Bristol City. Jon Stead replaces Steve Davies.

72 mins:Corner, Bristol City.

65 mins:Goal! Bristol City 2, Watford 0. Paul Anderson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Louis Carey.

64 mins:Corner, Bristol City.

63 mins:Attempt missed. Lars Joel Ekstrand (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

62 mins:Foul by Stephen Pearson (Bristol City).

62 mins:Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick.

61 mins:Substitution, Watford. Matej Vydra replaces Alexandre Geijo.

61 mins:Substitution, Watford. Troy Deeney replaces Sean Murray.

58 mins:Fitz Hall (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58 mins:Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

56 mins:Foul by Liam Kelly (Bristol City).

56 mins:Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick.

53 mins:Attempt saved. Jonathan Hogg (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

53 mins:Foul by Liam Kelly (Bristol City).

53 mins:Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick.

46 mins:Offside, Watford. Fernando Forestieri tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.

Second Half begins Bristol City 1, Watford 0.

45+4 mins:First Half ends, Bristol City 1, Watford 0.

45+3 mins:John Eustace (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45+2 mins:Foul by John Eustace (Watford).

45+2 mins:Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick.

45+1 mins:Corner, Watford.

43 mins:Goal! Bristol City 1, Watford 0. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) left footed shot from long range on the left to the bottom right corner.

42 mins:Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

37 mins:Offside, Watford. Alexandre Geijo tries a through ball, but Alexandre Geijo is caught offside.

31 mins:Offside, Watford. Fernando Forestieri tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.

28 mins:Corner, Bristol City.

27 mins:Substitution, Bristol City. Marvin Elliott replaces Cole Skuse because of an injury.

26 mins:Attempt missed. Alexandre Geijo (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

24 mins:Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

20 mins:Corner, Bristol City.

20 mins:Attempt saved. Liam Fontaine (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

19 mins:Corner, Bristol City.

19 mins:Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford).

19 mins:Cole Skuse (Bristol City) wins a free kick.

12 mins:Corner, Watford.

6 mins:Attempt blocked. Steve Davies (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6 mins:Foul by John Eustace (Watford).

6 mins:Liam Kelly (Bristol City) wins a free kick.

4 mins:Foul by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

4 mins:Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick.

4 mins:Foul by John Eustace (Watford).

4 mins:Steve Davies (Bristol City) wins a free kick.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English Npower Championship
  • 29 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Ashton Gate
  • Attendance: 13,586
Bristol CBristol CvWatfordWatford
2
  • Cunningham, 43
  • Anderson, 65
0

match report

Bristol City moved to within four points of Championship safety with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over in-form Watford on Tuesday night.

The Robins, who kept a clean sheet for the first time since April 2012, survived some first-half scares against the division's top scorers and took the lead in fortuitous circumstances when Greg Cunningham's hopeful cross found its way into the back of the net.

And 20 minutes after the break Paul Anderson found the bottom corner to secure a valuable three points in the battle for survival.

The visitors were having all the ball in the early exchanges with Sean O'Driscoll's hosts comfortable dropping deep whenever Watford had the ball.

City, looking for back-to-back victories for the first time since August, began to feel their way into the match and were only denied the opening goal five minutes later by the reflexes of Manuel Almunia.

Centre back Liam Fontaine rose to meet Steven Davies' corner but the former Arsenal shotstopper, at full stretch, scooped the ball out of his top-right hand corner.

Almen Abdi fired over the bar from Jonathan Hoggs' purposeful run and pull-back before Geijo somehow put a stopping header wide from close range after fantastic work from Fernando Forestieri.

The recent signing from Udinese bamboozled the City defence on the right-hand touchline before putting the ball on a plate for Geijo.

With a swirling wind blowing through Ashton Gate the Robins were focusing their attacks down the flanks with Sam Baldock inches away from meeting Brendan Maloney's deep cross and then a Liam Kelly delivery from the left wing was headed wide by Anderson.

Just a minute later it was a delivery from the wing which brought the opener. Cunningham clipped a cross into the box which evaded everyone, including the diving Almunia, and nestled in the bottom corner.

The 21-year-old left-back looked as surprised as anyone as he celebrated his first goal in English football.

The first chance of the second half was created and missed by Baldock. The former West Ham striker flicked the ball over Hall before racing clear only to thrash his right-footed shot over the crossbar.

City had looked a threat from set-pieces all night and it was no surprise when they doubled their lead from a corner in the 65th minute. Davies' deep delivery was knocked down by substitute Marvin Elliott into the path of Anderson and he made no mistake with a low first-time finish.

team line-up

1Tom Heaton
4Liam Fontaine
19Brendan Moloney
6Louis Carey
17Greg Cunningham92
14Cole Skuse27
15Stephen Pearson
10Liam Kelly
21Paul Anderson
7Sam Baldock
16Steve Davies73

substitutes

9Jon Stead73
22Dean Gerken
29Wes Burns
5Lewin Nyatanga92
12James Wilson
2Richard Foster
25Marvin Elliott27

referee

Carl Berry

team line-up

1Manuel Almunia
18Daniel Pudil
33Nyron Nosworthy
40Lars Joel Ekstrand
6Fitz Hall
16Sean Murray61
22Almen Abdi
8Jonathan Hogg
4John Eustace74
36Alexandre Geijo61
41Fernando Forestieri

substitutes

20Matej Vydra61
30Jonathan Bond
39Nathaniel Chalobah74
27Marco Cassetti
38Christian Battocchio
9Troy Deeney61
7Mark Yeates

referee

Carl Berry

match stats

possession %4950
shots on target31
shots off target33
corners63
tackles won00
offsides03