Bristol City put on a thoroughly professional performance as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Nahki Wells opened the scoring in the fifth minute before Tommy Conway doubled their advantage in the 27th minute. Despite Mark Sykes giving his marching orders in the 67th minute, the home side held on for the three points.
Bristol City’s Nigel Pearson: “In the modern game, I can’t complain about Mark’s red card, although in my time as a player I would probably have been applauding him for the tackle. But how their player stayed on the pitch I don’t know. Officials have influenced all our games so far and tonight we should have had a penalty when Rob Atkinson was fouled. I have empty pockets because of expressing my views on refereeing decisions over the years, so I gave it up long ago. I would rather talk about a really positive performance from a team including a lot of young players offering real encouragement for the future.”
Luton’s Nathan Jones: “We were outfought, outrun, and outdone at all the things we are normally good at. On reflection, I may have picked the wrong team, but there was no excuse for the way we started the game, which set the tone for what followed. They had more energy than us and were quicker to the ball. That doesn’t often happen to us and it is a concern. We tried to play offside for the opening goal, which we don’t do. We are struggling to score goals at the moment, but you have to set a platform by defending properly. I made changes at half-time, but to be honest we could only be better in the second period after that first-half performance.”
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