Andreas Weimann nets 16th of season as Bristol City beat Middlesbrough

Swansea City v Bristol City – Sky Bet Championship – Swansea.com Stadium
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Andreas Weimann took his goal tally for the season to 16 as Bristol City secured a 2-1 Sky Bet Championship win over Middlesbrough.

The home side took a seventh-minute lead when Antoine Semenyo muscled a defender off the ball on the right and crossed low for Weimann to fire first-time past Joe Lumley from 12 yards.

Semenyo doubled the advantage with a brilliant strike from outside the box on 68 minutes and the match was into stoppage time when Matt Crooks headed Boro’s consolation from a right-wing corner.

It was the day City honoured the 40th anniversary of the eight players who tore up their contracts to save the club from going out of business in February 1982.

Six of the ‘Ashton Gate Eight’ – Geoff Merrick, Trevor Tainton, Gerry Sweeney, David Rodgers, Julian Marshall and Peter Aitken were introduced onto the pitch before kick-off. Jimmy Mann and Chris Garland were unable to attend.

City boss Nigel Pearson gave a start to youngster Sam Bell on the right flank and had midfielder Joe Williams operating in the middle of a back-three. Boro manager Chris Wilder named an unchanged side.

The visitors started positively before being rocked by Weimann’s early goal. Both sides pressed forward promisingly in the opening half hour without creating clear chances.

One fell to Boro on 34 minutes when Aaron Connolly intercepted a poor back-pass from Han-Noah Massengo, but the striker fired into the side-netting.

Wilder’s men stepped up the pressure as the interval approached, Timm Klose doing well to head clear an inswinging Connolly corner and Marcus Tavernier seeing a shot from eight yards deflected over.

Boro continued on the front foot after the break, Tavernier’s fierce left-footed drive on 47 minutes bringing a smart save from Dan Bentley.

The City goalkeeper made a better stop five minutes later, advancing to block a Folarin Balogun shot from inside the box.

Connolly headed over before Weimann wasted a decent chance to make it 2-0, mistiming his header from a Bell cross.

Tavernier got in behind City only to shoot wide on 57 minutes before Balogun fired straight at Bentley and put another effort over.

When Cameron Pring replaced Bell on 65 minutes, Williams moved into his more accustomed midfield role, with the substitute slotting in at the back.

Semenyo’s goal failed to check Boro’s momentum and Bentley made his best save yet to keep out Connolly’s 25-yard drive.

City’s keeper was having a blinder as he parried a powerful shot from substitute Riley McGree. At the other end, Lumley saved from Massengo and Semenyo was just over with a clever flick.

Crooks struck in stoppage time to give Boro a glimmer of hope and the visitors could feel they contributed enough to have deserved a point.

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