Tyreeq Bakinson scored the only goal of the game as Bristol City produced one of the narrow football scores of the Championship. Bakinson volleyed home after he was set up by Chris Martin following a Tomas Kalas long throw. Stoke created the better of the chances throughout the game but failed to score from any of them. Their night went from bad to worse when Joe Allen was shown a red card in the last minute of stoppage time. The win marked only the second home win of the season for the hosts.
Bristol City’s Nigel Pearson: “It was a night when the result was more important than the performance. They are a good side and could have been ahead early on. But we showed a great tenacity for defending our goal and there were a lot of positives. I thought our young lads, Alex Scott and Ayman Benarous, were exceptional and the senior players set them a good example. We have had some difficult moments here this season, losing points late in games. What stood out tonight was the desire to keep the ball out of our net.”
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “The officials missed so much in that game and the referee has to be stronger and braver than he was tonight. There was a penalty on Jacob Brown in the first half and another when Tomas Kalas was guilty of a push in the back that he didn’t even try to disguise. Leo Ostigard was pulled to the ground for what also should have been a penalty and it wasn’t a great tackle from their young lad on Mario Vrancic because he was off the ground.”
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