Bristol City 2-1 Wigan Athletic

6 Aug

Bobby Reid


Bobby Reid has scored five goals in 72 competitive appearances for Bristol City

Bristol City came from behind to win against Championship newcomers Wigan Athletic in the first league game at the fully-redeveloped Ashton Gate.

Wigan went ahead when new signing Alex Gilbey latched onto Yanic Wildschut’s left-wing delivery to fire home.

Tammy Abraham, who joined Bristol City on loan from Chelsea, levelled from close range with 10 minutes to play.

Bobby Reid scored a late winner for the hosts when Wigan failed to clear their lines and his deflected shot went in.

Reid’s strike helped Bristol City to their first win on the opening day in the Championship since their 1-0 victory against Blackpool in 2008.

Defeat for Wigan in their first game back in the Championship after a one-season absence means they have won just one of their last seven opening day games, their last victory having come against Barnsley in 2013.

Gilbey, who scored five goals in 37 League One games last season, joined the Latics from Colchester United on a three-year deal this summer.

Having scored 74 goals in 98 youth games for Chelsea at different levels, Abraham got on the scoresheet late on with his first goal in senior football.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson: “We put an awful lot of work into signing Tammy Abraham, meeting his parents and convincing Chelsea of our philosophy.

“But we felt he was worth waiting for. He is a top talent and we now have two centre forwards capable of getting a lot of goals this season.

“I am looking forward to helping a top young player improve. He is a very grounded lad with great parents and we need to keep his feet on the ground and help him develop.”

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell: “The first half was very positive and we can take a lot from it. If we had continued in the same way I couldn’t see us losing.

“Our squad looks light and we need to strengthen with some new faces who can add some quality at Championship level.

“The players we have need some help. We showed for 45 minutes that if we stick to our game plan we can do well, but we have to maintain our form for 90 minutes.”

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Bristol City).

David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Gary O’Neil (Bristol City).

Max Power (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic).

Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Gary O’Neil.

Goal! Bristol City 2, Wigan Athletic 1. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gary O’Neil.

Attempt missed. Gary O’Neil (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ryan Colclough replaces Yanic Wildschut.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

Goal! Bristol City 1, Wigan Athletic 1. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary O’Neil with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Donervon Daniels (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Donervon Daniels replaces Luke Burke.

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Bristol City. Luke Freeman replaces Callum O’Dowda.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by David Perkins.

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yanic Wildschut.

David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Perkins (Wigan Athletic).

Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs replaces William Grigg.

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