2017-18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Famara Diedhiou (45', 45'+1')
  • Joe Bryan (66', 66')
  • Nathan Baker (32', 32')

Bristol City 2-0 Queens Park Rangers

Goals from Famara Diedhiou and Joe Bryan gave 10-man Bristol City a 2-0 Championship victory over QPR at Ashton Gate.
Club-record signing Diedhiou put the Robins in front with a glancing header from Ryan Kent's left-wing corner just before the interval.
And Bryan wrapped up the points after 66 minutes with a clinical left-footed finish from inside the box after Diedhiou's shot had been brilliantly saved by Alex Smithies.
The home side had to play with 10 men from the 32nd minute when centre-back Nathan Baker was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Rangers midfielder Josh Scowen just inside the City half.
Scowen beat Baker to the ball with both players at full pace and was sent flying by the weight of his opponent's ill-judged challenge.
The first half-hour had seen little to trouble either goalkeeper. After their Carabao Cup exploits, the Robins did their best to make a fast start, but were met by committed and well-organised visitors.
Smithies had to deal with a 21st-minute free-kick from the right by Bryan, which just needed a touch from a team-mate.
At the other end, Scowan fired over shortly after Baker's dismissal, with home fans angered by the sending off turning up the volume.
The first half looked set to end goalless when Jamie Paterson won a free-kick on the left side of the box and Kent's ball in to the near post was headed out for the corner that saw Diedhiou break the deadlock.
All QPR's hard work for 45 minutes came undone when they failed to track the £5.3million striker's run to meet Kent's cross and his well-placed header gave Smithies no chance.
Ian Holloway reacted by sending on Matt Smith as a substitute for Alex Baptiste at the start of the second half, giving the big striker a chance to face one of his former clubs.
A 55th-minute foul on Smith by Aden Flint gave Rangers a free-kick from a central position just outside the box. The ball was played into the path of Jack Robinson, whose fierce shot was blocked by a defender.
A spell of Rangers pressure followed, but City broke out quickly through Kent on 62 minutes and, when he found Korey Smith, it required a brilliant diving save from Smithies to keep out a low drive.
Bryan's goal came shortly after City boss Lee Johnson made a double substitution, sending on Josh Brownhill and Hordur Magnusson for Paterson and Kent.
Rangers did their best to get back into the game, Nedum Onuoha firing just wide with a first-time shot in a crowded box.
But the home side remained dangerous going forward as Johnson gave a debut to new striker Lois Diony in place of the excellent Diedhiou in the closing stages.

English League Championship Standings

1 Norwich City 24 +12 50
2 Swansea City 24 +16 46
3 AFC Bournemouth 24 +18 42
4 Brentford 22 +15 41
5 Watford 23 +10 40
6 Reading 23 +6 40
7 Middlesbrough 23 +9 36
8 Stoke City 24 +4 36
9 Bristol City 23 +1 36
10 Barnsley 24 -4 34
11 Blackburn Rovers 24 +11 33
12 Luton Town 24 -5 33
13 Preston North End 24 -3 32
14 Huddersfield Town 24 -6 31
15 Cardiff City 23 +3 29
16 Millwall 23 -4 26
17 Coventry City 23 -9 26
18 Birmingham City 24 -11 26
19 Nottingham Forest 24 -8 25
20 Queens Park Rangers 23 -8 24
21 Sheffield Wednesday 23 -8 19
22 Rotherham United 21 -9 19
23 Derby County 23 -11 19
24 Wycombe Wanderers 23 -19 15