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Bristol City vs Swansea City. Sky Bet Championship.

Ashton Gate StadiumAttendance20,995.

Bristol City 1

  • R Dickie (73rd minute)

Swansea City 0

    Bristol City 1-0 Swansea City: Rob Dickie's second-half header secures win at Ashton Gate

    Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Swansea City at Ashton Gate on Sunday | Swans just five points above relegation zone after centre-back Dickie heads in winner for Robins to boost home side's survival hopes

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    Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Swansea

    Centre-back Rob Dickie headed his fifth Championship goal of the season to give Bristol City a precious 1-0 victory over Swansea at Ashton Gate.

    The tall defender glanced home Joe Williams' chip into a crowded penalty area on 73 minutes to give the Robins bragging rights over the Swans in a forgettable game of few chances.

    Swansea dominated possession for long periods without forcing a save from home goalkeeper Max O'Leary and could have no complaints.

    The result left them just five points above the Championship relegation zone, while Bristol City now have a nine-point cushion to the bottom three.

    Head coach Liam Manning made one change from the Robins side who suffered a fourth successive defeat at Ipswich in midweek, preferring Tommy Conway to Nahki Wells up front, while Swansea's starting line-up included former Ashton Gate midfielder Jamie Paterson.

    The vast number of empty seats spoke volumes for the damage done to fan morale by that recent run and the first half saw Manning's men fail register a single attempt on goal.

    They were booed off at the interval, having lacked any conviction in their attacking play and been largely outplayed by a Swansea team who went into the game a point behind them in the table.

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    Rob Dickie celebrates scoring for Bristol City against Swansea
    Image: Rob Dickie celebrates scoring for Bristol City against Swansea

    The visitors themselves failed to get an effort on target but looked the more threatening side.

    Paterson had a seventh-minute shot blocked for a corner by Zak Vyner while Liam Cullen was wide with a 29th-minute header and fired over from distance 10 minutes later.

    All the while, the massed ranks of Swans supporters behind one goal made the atmosphere more like a home game for their team, who attacked with promise without finding a killer final ball.

    The start of the second half was delayed because one of the water sprinklers remained on in the Swansea half. It brought a moment of light relief amid a grim battle.

    By the 55th minute Manning had seen enough and sent on winger Mark Sykes for Harry Cornick. Still it was Swansea who looked the more likely scorers and Przemyslaw Placheta wasted a glorious chance on 57 minutes, shooting wildly wide when unmarked from a right-wing cross.

    Rob Dickie tries to turn the ball in against Swansea
    Image: Rob Dickie tries to turn the ball in against Swansea

    Dickie sent an effort wide from a free-kick into the box as the hosts at last put an effort in on goal on 64 minutes. They had a much better chance five minutes later but Ross McCrorie fired wide of the near post, with Conway waiting in the middle for a cross.

    Dickie's goal rewarded the first real spell of pressure from Manning's side, who improved for Sykes taking over on the right flank.

    It should have been 2-0 on 79 minutes when Jason Knight headed wide from a Conway cross, but one goal proved sufficient.

    The managers

    Bristol City's Liam Manning:

    "I was pleased enough with our patience after a cagey first half and from then on it was a really solid team performance. Rob Dickie is a huge player for us in both boxes. He is like a magnet for the ball when crosses come in. Being massive helps, but he also has the ability to hold off his marker and take up dangerous positions in front of goal.

    "The message to the players before the game was to live in the present and not worry about past results or the future. But of course four successive defeats leave a mark and it was important to get a result to boost confidence again.

    "I'm pleased with the clean sheet, particularly after a game at Ipswich in midweek in which we did most things right only to concede twice in the closing stages."

    Swansea's Luke Williams:

    "I didn't see a team out there who are drifting or in any way dropping into trouble. I saw a side who controlled the game for much of the time and if the players can add better decision-making and greater coolness in front of goal we can finish the season really strongly. We paid for switching off at a set-piece and it was one of a few key moments in the game that cost us.

    "Placheta needed to show more composure with his chance and get the shot on target. If we had scored then, I'm sure the least we would have come away with was a point.

    "We dominated possession because Bristol City dropped deep when we had the ball. That made them difficult to unlock at the back and we needed to be better with our final ball."

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