Bristol City player ratings v Blackburn Rovers: 'Deadly' duo ruthless as four 8/10's scored in Championship thrashing

Bristol City 5-0 Blackburn

Bristol City continued their four-game unbeaten run as they thrashed Blackburn Rovers 5-0 at Ashton Gate on Wednesday.

A first-half brace from Tommy Conway, including one from the penalty spot, sent Liam Manning’s side into the break with a healthy lead.

Anis Mehmeti fired in a third midway through the second period, before Nahki Wells struck a fourth from the penalty spot late in the game and a fifth in the dying moments.

The result means City have now kept four consecutive clean sheets and five in their last six matches.

The hosts made a positive start to the match as they looked to continue their good form in recent matches.

Cam Pring won an early free-kick down the left flank, which led to Scott Twine flashing a shot narrowly wide of the mark.

The midfielder was handed another chance moments when Haydon Roberts’ cross was partially headed clear by Dominic Hyam, only into the path of Twine whose volley was deflected painfully wide once more.

Rovers began to get a foothold in the match on the 10-minute mark, and Dilan Markanday twice fired efforts at goal as the visitors searched to break the deadlock.

But, it was the Robins who opened the scoring on the 24-minute mark.

A hopeful ball forward from Pring forced a defensive blunder from Hyam, who inadvertently sent Conway through on goal.

The striker latched onto the loose ball and fizzed a low effort into the near post of Aynsley Pears’ goal.

On the half-hour mark, the hosts were gifted the chance to double their lead.

Another long ball from Pring led to another defensive error, this time by Brittain, which allowed Mark Sykes to bound into the area.

The winger drew the challenge from Hyam, who brought Sykes down and left referee Bobby Madley with no choice but to award the spot kick.

Conway stepped up and coolly slotted to Pears’ right, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way in the process.

Blackburn struggled to impose themselves on the match after the second goal and City began to find it simple to find space in midfield and could’ve made it three before the break.

Twine slid Sykes through in between the centre-halves, and the wingers drew out goalkeeper Pear but could only jab his effort wide of the mark.

The away defence struggling to cope with easy balls in their territory, Harry Pickering provided Conway with the chance to secure his hat-trick moments before half-time.

The Scot struck first time at goal, but the Rovers keeper blocked away with his right boot.

Eustace responded to a poor first-half showing by making a quadruple switch at the break, as Kyle McFadzean, Ben Chrisene, John Buckley Andy Moran were all introduced.

The changes provided the visitors with some added stability while not affecting the pattern of the game too much, Blackburn almost pulled a goal back when Brittain’s lofted cross had O’Leary scrambling, but the ball dropped wide of the mark.

Eustace’s side continued to make sloppy passing errors when in possession and City looked the sharper of the two teams, without creating many openings.

Manning sent on Mehmeti, Wells and Harry Cornick with 20 minutes left, and it was the former who made an instant impact.

The Albanian snatched the ball off Hyam deep in his own box and wriggled space to fire home City’s third of the night.

Minutes later, McFadzean handled Roberts’ corner and Madley awarded the hosts their second penalty of the match.

Wells stepped up and sent Pear the wrong way as the hosts went even further clear, and the Bermudan even had time to notch another in the dying moments.

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