Bristol City 1-0 Wolverhampton- Match Report

Jonathan Kodjia scores winner as Bristol City beat WolvesJonathan Kodjia's eighth goal of the season was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bristol City over Wolves at Ashton Gate.The home side were good value for their win, which was secured when Kodjia headed in Elliott Bennett's right wing cross from six yards in the final minute of the first half.Roared on by a supportive crowd, Steve Cotterill's men went on to create most of the second half chances and defended their lead with huge determination.Wolves lacked a cutting edge up front as Aden Flint marshalled a solid City back-line and could have no complaints about the outcome.Kodjia's goal came at the end of a first half featuring few clear chances for either side.The best fell to City's Derrick Williams in the 10th minute, but he miscued a left-footed shot with only Emiliano Martinez to beat and saw the effort cleared to safety.Marlon Pack shot wide for the hosts early on when given time and space 20 yards out, but it was one of few moments of excitement.City's combative midfield player Korey Smith was booked for preventing a Wolves break on the half hour after Luke Ayling had been caught out of position.But, despite some promising approach play, Wanderers failed to force a testing save from Frank Fielding before the break.Manager Kenny Jackett responded with two half-time changes, sending on Grant Holt and Adam Le Fondre for Nathan Byrne and Benik Afobe.The move almost paid quick dividends when Le Fondre's low 48th minute shot was parried by Fielding

Dave Edwards netted from the rebound but was ruled offside.Martinez saved well from Kieran Agard as City responded and the Wolves keeper did even better to stop Kodjia's fierce angled shot on his line with an outstretched right hand.The striker looked threatening throughout and sent another powerful shot just over the bar as his side continued to have the upper hand.Luke Freeman and Pack also brought saves from Martinez.Wolves might have equalised in a late goalmouth scramble but it would have been an injustice.With midfielder Smith protecting his back-line, City were transformed from the side who conceded four goals in the first 36 minutes against Fulham on Saturday.Wolves were unchanged, while City boss Cotterill left out experienced striker Aaron Wilbraham, bringing in Agard, and restored a fit again Nathan Baker to defence.Williams switched to left wing-back as Joe Bryan had to be content with a place on the bench.The changes certainly paid dividends for Cotterill as his side picked up a valuable win

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