Weimann strike sets up Robins win over Blackpool

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Andreas Weimann (centre) opened the scoring for Bristol City in their victory over Blackpool at Ashton Gate Stadium

Andreas Weimann’s stunner and Alex Scott’s first league goal of the season earned Bristol City their first win over Blackpool for over 13 years.

Weimann curled a lovely shot into the top corner in the second half to break the deadlock, and Scott’s smart finish put an end to what had been a stiff rearguard action from the Lancashire club.

Blackpool’s game plan had to be rewritten after only 30 seconds when target-man Gary Madine limped off with a knee injury, to be replaced by Manchester City loanee Morgan Rogers.

Blackpool’s defence, well marshalled by Jordan Thorniley and Curtis Nelson, had restricted the home side, and had come closest to a breakthrough through Jerry Yates.

However, in the 58th minute Austrian midfielder Weimann produced a telling moment of class, playing a one-two with Andy King to give himself room before curling his shot into the far corner to open the scoring.

With nine minutes left Scott made sure of the points when Harry Cornick’s cross was miskicked to him inside the box, and he calmly picked his spot with a firm, low finish to leave the visitors six points from safety in 22nd place, having played a game more than Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic below them.

For nearly an hour Mick McCarthy’s side had weathered relentless pressure, with Nelson brilliantly defending one breakaway when he was left single-handed against four attackers.

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Yates, low on confidence after a run of 17 league goals without a goal, missed the best opportunity of the first half after running on to a clearance by goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, which evaded the Bristol defence, only to push the ball wide of the left-hand post as he tried to round Max O’Leary in the Robins goal.

Madine was later seen on crutches and wearing a protective boot in what looks like a further blow to Blackpool’s survival hopes.

Victory extends City’s good run of form to only one league defeat in 12, and sees them move into the top half of the Championship table for the first time since October.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsBristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

12O’Leary19Tanner26Vyner16Pring3Dasilva7Scott10King17Sykes14Weimann11Mehmeti21Wells

    12O’Leary19Tanner26Vyner16Pring3Dasilva7Scott10KingSubstituted forTaylor-Clarkeat 83’minutes17SykesSubstituted forCornickat 67’minutes14Weimann11Mehmeti21WellsSubstituted forBellat 90’minutes

Substitutes

    2Wilson9Cornick20Bell23Haikin35Taylor-Clarke36Francois39Wood

Blackpool

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Maxwell4Gabriel31Nelson34Thorniley23Thompson2Connolly16Carey11Bowler14Madine29Garbutt9Yates

    • 1Maxwell4Gabriel31Nelson34Thorniley23Thompson2Connolly16Carey11BowlerSubstituted forHamiltonat 68’minutes14MadineSubstituted forRogersat 6’minutes

Booked at 75mins

    29GarbuttSubstituted forDougallat 68’minutes9Yates

Substitutes

    3Husband12Dougall22Hamilton24Lyons25Rogers28Patino32Grimshaw

Referee:Darren BondAttendance:19,070Match StatsHome TeamBristol CityAway TeamBlackpoolPossessionHome64%Away36%ShotsHome18Away5Shots on TargetHome3Away2CornersHome6Away0FoulsHome8Away13Live Text Post update

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Blackpool 0.

90’+4’Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Blackpool 0.

90’+2’Post update

Hand ball by Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool).

90’+1’Post update

Attempt missed. Sam Bell (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

90’Post update

Attempt blocked. Anis Mehmeti (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

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90’Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Sam Bell replaces Nahki Wells.

89’Post update

Attempt missed. Sonny Carey (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by CJ Hamilton.

86’Post update

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jordan Thorniley.

86’Post update

Foul by Anis Mehmeti (Bristol City).

86’Post update

Jordan Gabriel (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83’Post update

Anis Mehmeti (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83’Post update

Foul by Jordan Gabriel (Blackpool).

83’Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Omar Taylor-Clarke replaces Andy King.

81’goalGoal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Blackpool 0. Alex Scott (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

80’Post update

Hand ball by CJ Hamilton (Blackpool).

78’Post update

Attempt saved. Morgan Rogers (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sonny Carey.

75’Booking

Morgan Rogers (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75’Post update

Alex Scott (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75’Post update

Foul by Morgan Rogers (Blackpool).

72’Post update

Foul by Alex Scott (Bristol City).

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