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

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

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

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Birm'ham 0-8 B'mouth Report
Bolton 3-1 Brentford  
Brighton 1-1 Rotherham  
Derby 1-2 Wigan Report
Ipswich 2-2 Huddsf'ld  
Leeds 1-2 Wolves  
M'boro 1-1 Watford  
N Forest 1-3 Blackburn  
Reading 3-0 Blackpool  
Sheff Wed 0-0 Norwich  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 14 12 26
2 Watford 14 11 26
3 Wolves 14 6 26
4 B'mouth 14 14 24
5 M'boro 14 7 24
6 Norwich 14 10 23
7 N Forest 14 7 22
8 Blackburn 14 1 22
9 Charlton 14 1 22
10 Ipswich 14 4 21
11 Cardiff 14 1 19
12 Sheff Wed 14 0 19
13 Brentford 14 -3 19
14 Reading 14 -5 18
15 Millwall 14 -2 17
16 Rotherham 14 -3 17
17 Huddsf'ld 14 -6 17
18 Leeds 14 -4 16
19 Wigan 14 -1 15
20 Fulham 14 -6 14
21 Brighton 14 -3 13
22 Bolton 14 -11 11
23 Birm'ham 14 -16 11
24 Blackpool 14 -14 6

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property