Bristol City fall to Severnside Derby defeat despite Cardiff City red card

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The Robins lose out to Cardiff City in the Severnside Derby

Nigel Pearson made one change to the Bristol City side to face ardiff City in the Severnside Derby at the Cardiff City Stadium this lunch time. Anis Mehmeti came in for Nahki Wells, which allowed Sam Bell to lead the line and for Mark Sykes to support him on the other flank.

The Robins started on the front foot with Sykes involved from the opening few moments of the match. He raced on to Alex Scott’s pass but his drilled cross cold only reach the hands of Ryan Allsop rather than Bell’s feet. The Republic of Ireland international then had a chance to score as he headed over from Joe Williams’ miss-hit shot.

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Max O’Leary, who signed a new long-term deal this week, made the first save of the match to deny former Liverpool and Rangers attacker Sheyi Ojo. Ojo ran away from Matty James, and drove a shot from 25-yards out which O’Leary dived down to, before Tomas Kalas made a block to deny a follow-up.

The visitors had the best opportunity of the half as Alex Scott’s header was blocked on the line by Cedric Kipre, before Ryan Allsop denied Mehmeti on the follow-up. In the build-up to the goal, Joe Williams picked up an injury that saw him bring himself off the pitch and he was replaced by Andi Weimann. Neither side could find a breakthrough despite the four minutes of additional time shown.

Cardiff opened the scoring five minutes in to the second-half with the visiting defence napping from Ryan Wintle’s cross, which allowed Sory Kaba to score his first goal for the Welsh side.

City sought a response and had a good opportunity to equalise after Scott was sandwiched by both Joe Ralls and Kipre, presenting a free-kick on the edge of the box. Mehmeti hit the set-piece cleanly but Allsop was alert to the effort.

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Eight minutes after falling behind to Cardiff, the City boss made a double change as Harry Cornick and Nahki Wells replaced George Tanner and Sam Bell. Sykes moved to right wing-back, whilst Cornick and Weimann went more central. Pearson was made to make another change as Tomas Kalas was forced off and replaced by Jay Dasilva.

Cardiff doubled their lead after the changes as Philogene dribbled past both Dasilva and Mehmeti, before beating O’Leary with a low strike.

In a moment of madness, Ryan Allsop was red carded after being deemed to handle the ball in a mix-up with Mark McGuinness with Perry Ng donning the gloves for the six minutes of added time. Ng dealt with a flicked header from Wells after the City sub’s free-kick had first hit the wall.

Bristol City (4-2-3-1): Max O'Leary; George Tanner (Harry Cornick, 60), Zak Vyner, Tomas Kalas (Jay Dasilva, 67), Cameron Pring; Matty James (C), Joe Williams (Andi Weimann, 23), Alex Scott; Mark Sykes, Sam Bell (Nahki Wells, 60), and Anis Mehmeti.

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Substitutes: Nikita Haikin, Jay Dasilva, Andy King, Omar Tayor-Clarke, Andi Weimann, Harry Cornick and Nahki Wells.

Cardiff City (3-5-2): Ryan Allsop, Perry Ng, Mark McGuinness, Cedric Kipre; Jaden Philogene, Romaine Sawyers, Ryan Wintle, Joe Ralls (O’Dowda, 66), Sheyi Ojo (Rubin Colwill, 85), Sory Kaba (Andy Rinohmota, 60), Connor Wickham (Kion Etete, 86)

Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Mahlon Romeo, Andi Rinohmota, Rubin Colwill, Callum O'Dowda, Isaak Davies and Kion Etete.

Goals: Sory Kaba 52, Jaden Philogene 70’

Red Card: Ryan Allsop 89’

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