Centre-back Atkinson made it 2-0 with a stooping header from Joe Williams’ 64th-minute free-kick from the left and Nigel Pearson’s team held out for a deserved three points on his 59th birthday. Bristol City Cardiff City live
Cardiff had to make a seventh-minute change when Joel Bagan suffered a head injury in a clash with Alex Scott and was replaced by Jack Simpson.
Bristol made the early running, Conway bursting clear on the left only to see his 14th-minute shot from a narrow angle smothered by Cardiff goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
It’s the big one as Nigel Pearson will be hoping to celebrate his 59th birthday with a victory over Severnside rivals Cardiff this afternoon.
The Robins head into the contest on the back of Tuesday’s impressive 2-0 victory over Luton Town to pick up their first three points of the season.
It’s also three undefeated for Pearson’s side following the cup victory over Coventry and the draw at Wigan. The opposition have enjoyed a decent start to the season under Steve Morison.
They’ve won two out of their opening four games picking up seven points along the way including three clean sheets. There’s also a return to Ashton Gate for Callum O’Dowda who will be looking to show Pearson what he’s missing.
For City, Mark Sykes is suspended which means Kane Wilson could make his full debut while there’s a decision to make in midfield over Joe Williams.
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Bristol City XI: Bentley; Atkinson, Naismith, Vyner; Scott, Williams (King 82), Massengo (Wilson 88), Dasilva; Weimann; Conway (Martin 79), Wells (Klose 90).
Subs: O’Leary, Tanner, Pring.
Cardiff City XI: Allsop; Romeo (Etete 83), Ng, Kipre, Bagan (Simpson 8); Wintle, Rinomhota (Ralls 65), Sawyers (Colwill 65); O’Dowda, Watters (Harris 57), Ojo (Philogene 57)