Clarkson cracker lifts Ashton Gate

Bristol City eased their relegation concerns and ended Leicester's four-match unbeaten run with a 2-0 Championship home win on Saturday.

Last Updated: 20/11/10 at 17:57

Clarkson: Scored superb goal for Bristol City

Clarkson: Scored superb goal for Bristol City

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Keith Millen's side started the day in 22nd place in the league table but moved out of the relegation zone as they got back to winning ways thanks to Brett Pittman's first goal for the club and a stunning long-range effort from David Clarkson at Ashton Gate.

After Steve Howard had missed a penalty for Leicester, substitute Pittman swept the ball just over the goal-line for the opener in the 57th minute following a well worked free-kick.

Christian Ribeiro was fouled by Greg Cunningham on the right wing and Jamie McAllister took the free-kick short, had it back and whipped a cross into the box which Pittman stabbed goalwards from 12 yards, and despite the best effort of Foxes defender Ritchie Wellens, the ball crept in for 1-0.

David Clarkson made the game safe in the 90th minute when he fired the ball into the top left-hand corner from 30 yards to secure all three points.

It could have been a different story had Sven-Goran Eriksson's side taken advantage of their early pressure.

It was the team from East Midlands who started the better of the two sides and had the first real chance of the game when David James hauled down Andy King inside the penalty area on 21 minutes as the seven-goal hitman attempted to go round him after racing clear of the Bristol defence.

However, the 53-cap England goalkeeper immediately redeemed himself by blocking Howard's low penalty with his legs to keep the score at 0-0.

Leicester had other chances during the first half to grab the opener, the best of which came just five minutes after Howard's missed penalty when Paul Gallagher rose highest inside the box but his header crept just inches wide of the far post with James well beaten.

Bristol City were a different side after the break after swapping Lee Johnson for Pittman in what turned out to be an inspired move, although it was the away side who had the first chance of the half.

Paul Gallagher's corner was swung into the far post where a host of Foxes players were waiting but Jon Stead managed to hook the ball clear.

Strikers Darius Vassell and Martyn Waghorn were thrown into the action on by Eriksson as he attempted to get his side back into the game following Pittman's goal.

Despite a few nervy moments late on, The Robins never really looked like conceding and even managed to snatch a late second through another substitute, Clarkson, as Leicester surged forward in search of a leveller.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 25 May 2015
15:00
M'boro 0-2 Norwich Report
Saturday, 16 May 2015
12:15
Norwich 3-1 Ipswich Report
Friday, 15 May 2015
19:45
M'boro 3-0 Brentford Report
Saturday, 09 May 2015
12:15
Ipswich 1-1 Norwich Report
Friday, 08 May 2015
19:45
Brentford 1-2 M'boro Report
Saturday, 02 May 2015
12:15
Blackburn 3-2 Ipswich Report
Bolton 0-1 Birm'ham Report
Brentford 3-0 Wigan Report
Charlton 0-3 B'mouth Report
Derby 0-3 Reading Report

Footer 365

Arsenal in talks with Higuain - Report

Arsenal have begun talks with Napoli striker Gonzalo Higauin with an aim to bringing the Argentine to north London, according to reports in Italy.

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Liverpool close in on Milner - Report

Want-away Man City midfielder James Milner could be announced as a Liverpool player by the end of the week, according to reports.

Mail Box

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company