Jacob Brown scored the winning goal in the second half as Stoke came from behind to claim a 2-1 Sky Bet Championship victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
The hosts took the lead in the 33rd minute when Cameron Bring made his way to the sideline on the left and fired in a powerful cross which was converted by Nahki Wells from close range for his eighth goal of the season.
But Stoke were level in first-half injury time when Liam Delap tapped into a defensive combination featuring centre-back Andy King to shoot low past Max O’Leary from 10 yards.
The Potters took the lead after 12 minutes penetrating through Brown’s low shot from an angle just inside the box after good work from Josh Tymon and Tyrese Campbell.
Since then they have defended brilliantly to take the points against a Robins team lacking quality in both boxes.
The first 20 minutes passed without either side scoring a try. The first came from Stoke’s Brown but his weak saw was straight at O’Leary.
Finally, Bristol City came back to life after 24 minutes when Alex Scott had a shot saved by Jack Bonham off an Andreas Wyman pass.
Zach Fenner was just wide of the post from 25 yards and Wales’ shot from a tight angle was fired by Bonham as the home side increased the pressure.
Wieman almost broke the scoring with a clever shot from Wales inside the penalty area in the 31st minute, but his shot bounced off the post.
Bristol City were ahead two minutes later. They failed to capitalize on their advantage before the break, but it was still a surprise when Stoke equalized through some terrible defending.
Early in the second half, an unexpected start saw Bristol midfielder Joe Williams saw him wide of the near post from Fayman’s cross.
Brown scored Stoke’s first goal-attack after the break and suddenly Nigel Pearson’s men were facing an uphill battle. The manager responded by making a change up front, with Antoine Ciméno replacing Tommy Conway.
Bristol City demanded a penalty when Cimeno went down inside the penalty area, but referee Geoff Eltringham did not move. Then Faymann paid off after the guests were under heavy pressure.
King headed wide a Cal Naismith free kick as the Robins fought back to get the equaliser. But Stoke were proving resilient, with the vastly experienced Phil Jagielka mobilizing their backline.
Brown could have secured the winner in the 89th minute when he sprinted from inside the Bristol City half, but struck the ball after the lungs exploded.
On the other side, substitute Mark Sykes hit a low shot from Bonham as Stoke made a hard-fought save, with sections of the home crowd booing their team.
What did the managers say…
Bristol City Nigel Pearson“The way the game went was indicative of our season. Again, we missed two really bad goals. All credit to the Stoke team for the way they faced us. They did a good job as the away team, but it’s another missed opportunity.”
“The two teams canceled each other out in the first part of the match and we had to fight hard to get to the top. But then we conceded a bad goal by making a bad decision and going level instead of up front. The second half in general was very bad and in the end we lost because of our mistakes.”
Stoke assistant manager Martin canning: “Alex has been under the weather most of the week, although he’s been doing his job. A win will give him a boost and hopefully he’ll be OK by the time we get back on Tuesday.
“Our record when we fell behind wasn’t good, so it was important to show character and resilience that we did here. The championship is hotly contested, with little between teams, so there are times when you have to recover from conceding the first goal.”
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