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Bristol City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Tommy Rowe and Jamie Paterson earn Robins win over Owls


Tommy Rowe scores for Bristol City against Sheffield Wednesday
Tommy Rowe’s goal was the first that Sheffield Wednesday have conceded in the Championship this season

Tommy Rowe’s second-half finish teed up victory over previously unbeaten Sheffield Wednesday and maintained Bristol City’s 100% start to the Championship season.

The Owls, whose 12-point deduction for breaching financial rules means they remain bottom of the table on minus eight points, edged a tight first half of few chances.

But City played with greater tempo after the break and were rewarded just before the hour, Rowe skilfully sliding the ball past Cameron Dawson from Chris Martin’s cushioned header.

The Robins, who go joint top of the table with Reading after three matches of the new season, remained in control after taking the lead but both sides still struggled to create openings.

Kadeem Harris had the best opportunity for the visitors but failed to make a clear connection with a tricky bouncing ball.

City wrapped up the points in injury time, Jamie Paterson cutting in from the left and curling a shot into the far corner.

The Owls will rue not making more of an impressive first half which saw Massimo Luongo and Barry Bannan dominant in the midfield and Harris unable to convert a couple of half-chances, notably when he scuffed an effort wide from a fine Elias Kachunga cross.

However, City’s steady improvement saw them seize control after the interval and soon led to a well-worked opener, Rowe grabbing the first league goal Wednesday have conceded so far this season from a typically alert assist by former Derby striker Martin.

The home side, with Nahki Wells and Andreas Weimann continuing to cause problems, saw out a first win over the Owls following four consecutive defeats when Paterson’s measured strike found the bottom corner in the 93rd minute.

City’s victory means they have won their opening three matches to a league season for the first time since 2001-02 in the third tier. They last did so in the second tier in 1927-28.

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Vyner
  • 23Moore
  • 5Mawson
  • 2HuntSubstituted forS Sessegnonat 90′minutes
  • 10PatersonBooked at 44mins
  • 30BakinsonBooked at 34mins
  • 14Weimann
  • 25Rowe
  • 7MartinSubstituted forDiédhiouat 89′minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forSemenyoat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dasilva
  • 9Diédhiou
  • 12O’Leary
  • 18Semenyo
  • 19Eliasson
  • 29Brunt
  • 43S Sessegnon

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 27Iorfa
  • 15Lees
  • 4van Aken
  • 2PalmerSubstituted forRhodesat 84′minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 10Bannan
  • 7K HarrisBooked at 71mins
  • 24BrownSubstituted forDele-Bashiruat 68′minutes
  • 18Windass
  • 45KachungaSubstituted forReachat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 11Reach
  • 13Börner
  • 17Dele-Bashiru
  • 20Rhodes
  • 22Odubajo
  • 28Wildsmith

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