Bristol City’s away game to Brentford started slowly as both sides struggled for any semblance of cohesion in the first half of the game. Brentford were marginally on top, however, with Neal Maupay missing a gilt-edged chance and O’Leary needing to palm away a smart shot from Ollie Watkins.
Nathan Baker’s injury led to some shuffling at the back with Jay Da Silva coming on at Left Back and Lloyd Kelly partnering Adam Webster in CB. Da Silva’s front-foot approach pushed City closer to breaking the deadlock as they had two goals ruled out for offside.
The second half began in a similar fashion but the tide swung in Bristol City’s favour as the Brentford’s Chris Mepham was sent off around the hour mark for a second booking. His first booking came after his squabble with Marlon Pack (also booked) and the second came after he made contact with Eliasson.
City Manager Lee Johnson responded to the red card by throwing on Liam Walsh and Diedhiou with a quarter of the game left to play. Walsh’s forward approach and excellent wing play meant City were always on the front foot for the rest of game.
Da Silva, however, proved to be the creator of the winning goal as his excellent cross was met at the back post by the lively Nic Eliasson and it was enough for all three points. Academy product, Max O’Leary didn’t look out of place and could give Fielding and Maenapaa a run for their money this season.