Bristol City vs Sunderland
Bristol City vs Sunderland: Match report
Full time score: Bristol City 2-3 Sunderland
Bristol City: Bentley, Vyner (Klose 65), Naismith, Atkinson, Sykes (Wilson 65), James, Williams, Dasilva, Scott, Weimann, Martin.
Subs not used: O’Leary, Wilson, King, Conway, Wells.
Sunderland AFC: Patterson, Ballard, Batth, Cirkin, Gooch, Evans, Neil, Pritchard, Clarke, Simms, Stewart.
Subs: Bass, Dajaku, Roberts, O’Nien, Embleton, Wright, Alese
Bristol City’s Nigel Pearson: “It is not a day for excuses. If we continue to defend like that, it will be a long season. Last week at Hull I could argue that we were unlucky, but I certainly can’t say that today. The goals we let in were really poor. That’s five we have now conceded in two games, so we are giving ourselves far too much to do. The first was an individual mistake and the second came from our throw-in. The third was just too easy for them. We had the chance to show a big crowd what we are about and didn’t take it.
Sunderland’s Alex Neil: “I thought Ellis and Ross were absolutely outstanding, never giving Bristol’s back-three a moment’s peace. Ellis is powerful, but he’s a rarity because he is also quick and the two of them complement each other really well. We signed him to push Ross, but also to play alongside him and give us a different dynamic, which was there for all to see. We now have two lads up top, who we can play the ball up to and both have goals in them.