Flint strikes to win ‘Sev­ern­side’ derby as Warnock rages

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Football - By Tom Pren­tki at Ash­ton Gate

“Whether it’ll be a spec­ta­cle, I’m not so sure,” said Bris­tol City man­ager Lee John­son prior to kick-off. It was, though not al­ways for the right rea­sons, as the Robins tri­umphed in the ‘Sev­ern­side derby’ to climb to third.

Cardiff looked on course for at least a point when Omar Bogle equalised Cal­lum O’Driscoll’s opener but af­ter Bogle was then sent off, Aden Flint headed in a de­served win­ner for the home side.

Neil Warnock was fu­ri­ous with the ref­eree, Mike Jones, though not for his de­ci­sion to send off his striker. “I’ve no com­plaints what­so­ever. It was a stupid tackle,” said the veteran Cardiff man­ager. “What dis­ap­pointed me is that we’ve got a Premier League ref­eree and I ex­pect him to be con­sis­tent. Some­times they come down from the Premier League and they don’t want to be here. I’m go­ing to ask him, ‘Did you pre­pare cor­rectly?’

“They’re all dis­traught in there. They’re all moan­ing that [Marlon] Pack wasn’t sent off,” added Warnock of his team’s re­ac­tion to the de­feat. Warnock was re­fer­ring to Pack’s foul on Souley­mane Bamba, which he felt war­ranted a sec­ond book­ing. “He should have been off af­ter 48 min­utes,” he said.

A cagey open­ing 20 min­utes ended with the first mo­ment of qual­ity and a goal for the Robins. Joe Bryan cut in from the left to play in Cal­lum O’Dowda, who stepped in­side Lee Peltier and curled his shot past Neil Etheridge.

“It was a good bat­tle, I thought it was a good game,” said John­son. “We had to fight fire with fire a lit­tle bit. We had to make sure ev­ery­one out on the pitch didn’t shirk a header, didn’t shirk a tackle. All the stats will tell you that we de­served to win.”

It al­most got bet­ter for the home side as Bryan found him­self un­marked at the far post. Philip­pines in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper Etheridge did well to save his fierce shot.

With Ken­neth Zo­hore miss­ing with an an­kle in­jury and Nathaniel Men­dezLaing with­drawn af­ter seven min­utes, Cardiff ’s cut­ting edge was blunted. But against the odds they found an equaliser just be­fore half-time, which came from the per­sis­tence of Ju­nior Hoi­lett. The for­mer QPR winger wrig­gled along the by­line be­fore tee­ing up Bogle to slot past Frank Field­ing.

The goalscorer ran straight to cel­e­brate in the warm em­brace of Warnock on the touch­line. But his joy was short­lived as he was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Bris­tol City’s Pack.

“In derbies, you’ve got to feel the pas­sion,” said Warnock. He did, reg­u­larly ha­rangu­ing the fourth of­fi­cial as he leapt about the tech­ni­cal area.

With the Blue­birds de­pleted, the home side made their ad­van­tage count. There was noth­ing tech­ni­cal about the Robins’ sec­ond goal. Cen­tre-back Aden Flint thumped in a header di­rectly from Hor­dur Mag­nus­son’s long throw.

The Robins were good value for their win, which ought to have been by a greater mar­gin. Josh Brown­hill struck the post with a low drive while Joe Bryan con­tin­ued to wreak havoc down the left, but they had done enough. These are ex­cit­ing times for the Robins, with Manch­ester United due at Ash­ton Gate next month in the Carabao Cup. “We’re un­fan­cied, we’re still un­fan­cied,” said John­son of the wider per­cep­tion of his club. “That’s nine points in a week and not only that, there’s a cup win as well.”

Power play: Aden Flint de­liv­ers a thump­ing header to score the win­ner for Bris­tol City

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