Bristol City delight in Severnside honours as Aden Flint sinks Cardiff

Bristol City recorded the sweetest of victories over 10-man Cardiff City in a feisty Severnside derby, a spicy match that was never short of drama, to move to within a point of Neil Warnock’s side. In the buildup, Lee Johnson had warned supporters this may not be the spectacle they have come to expect in recent months but this proved a priceless first win over Cardiff in five years. Johnson had urged his players to make themselves heroes and it was Aden Flint who popped up with a second-half winner after goals by Joe Bryan and Cardiff’s Omar Bogle, who was given a straight red card for an unsavoury lunge on the Bristol City midfielder Marlon Pack.

This match-up was never going to be short of needle. Warnock enjoyed a rivalry with Gary Johnson when the father of the current Bristol City manager, Lee, was in charge of the Robins, which stemmed from Freddie Sears’s disallowed “ghost goal” for Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate in 2009. Warnock said he was “cheated” that day. These days, Warnock is a foe of Johnson Jr. While in charge of Rotherham United in April 2016, he took exception to Johnson’s “disgraceful” pre-match comments in April 2016, adding that he had “never had a hot shower” at Ashton Gate. Before this fixture, Warnock laughed off comments made by Leroy Rosenior that suggested the Cardiff manager was “detested” by Robins supporters. “I wouldn’t use a word as nice as that,” Warnock said, smiling. He certainly relishes his role as the pantomime villain in these parts.

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