Abraham at the double as Bristol City boost survival bid
Tammy Abraham took his goal tally for the season to 24 as Bristol City eased their Championship relegation fears with a 3-1 victory over Wolves at Ashton Gate.
The hosts took a 33rd-minute lead when Jamie Paterson exchanged passes with Matt Taylor before curling an exquisite right-footed shot past Andy Lonergan from just outside the box.
It was 2-0 six minutes later when recalled right-back Mark Little was brought down by Matt Doherty as he burst into the penalty area and Chelsea loanee Abraham sent Lonergan the wrong way with a low right-footed spot-kick.
Abraham grabbed his second four minutes after the break with a clever flick from Korey Smith's low cross and Ashton Gate was rocking.
Wolves, who arrived on a five-match winning streak in the Championship, pulled one back on 78 minutes when a shot from Lee Evans was deflected into the path of substitute Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, who beat Fielding from close range.
But City held out with few alarms to move four points clear of the relegation zone with five matches remaining.
It might have been a different story if Wolves had capitalised on a positive start to the game.
Paul Lambert's men should have gone in front on nine minutes when a through-ball from Morgan Gibbs-White sent Nouha Dicko clear down the middle.
A goal looked certain, but City goalkeeper Frank Fielding advanced to meet the striker and spread himself to make a hugely important save.
Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards was booked for a foul on Paterson shortly before the opening goal as City began to threaten.
Head coach Lee Johnson had set his team out in a 4-4-2 formation, with Taylor making a rare start alongside top scorer Abraham.
But it was Paterson who offered the most threat in the opening 45 minutes, regularly having the confidence to take on opponents.
Wolves appeared shocked by the two-goal salvo and struggled to create openings in the remainder of the first half.
They did threaten at the start of the second period either side of Abraham's goal, coming closest when a Ben Marshall chip drifted narrowly wide.
But after going three up City defended with great tenacity, led by dominant centre-back Aden Flint.
Wolves did test Fielding with a couple of late shots from Andreas Weimann, but they were no more than routine stops in front of the massed ranks of more than 2,500 travelling supporters.
Before the game City owner Steve Lansdown made it clear that, despite the clamour on social media for change, Johnson would remain in charge next season if he keeps the club in the Championship.
Source : PA