RESULT: City 1 Barnsley 0

An early goal from Sone Aluko proved enough to earn City another three points in a drab Yorkshire derby which takes the Tigers to fifth in the Championship.

Aluko took a bad clearance from a corner on the byline, cut in and dispatched across keeper Luke Steele and into the far corner after 16 minutes.

City were wasteful for the rest of the game, with several chances going begging, allowing Barnsley to threaten in the second half, though ultimately their possession didn’t result in too many chances.

It was a sturdy if unexciting performance from the Tigers, who now face Wolves at the KC on Tuesday night. Match report later.

RESULT: Bristol City 1 City 2

An own goal by Cole Skuse proved the difference as City put an end to a 47-year Ashton Gate hoodoo in front of the Sky cameras and returned to the top six.

The game was 1-1 and set to go either way when Skuse comically lost his bearings and chested a Stephen Quinn cross past his own keeper.

City took an early lead when Jay Simpson and Sone Aluko, each restored up front, swapped passes to cut through the limp home defence for Aluko to fire home.

More opportunities were spurned before the home side equalised with their first chance of the game, Steve Davies slotting in from Stephen Pearson’s pull back.

Robert Koren, also back in the side, smacked the bar from distance prior to City regaining the lead, and Jon Stead headed one against the Tigers’ bar late on, though Steve Bruce’s men were dominant by a distance and deserved their first win at Ashton Gate in an age. Match report later.

 

RESULT: Middlesbrough 2 City 0

Goals from Faris Haroun and Ishmael Miller condemned City to defeat on Teesside yet again and pushed Steve Bruce’s men out of the play-off positions.

Haroun struck on the counter attack on 59 minutes and Miller got the second from close range seven minutes later.

Bruce decided to freshen up his strikeforce, picking Aaron Mclean and Saturday’s hero Nick Proschwitz up front. It didn’t work and both Sone Aluko and Jay Simpson were introduced in the second half, but it ended up being one of City’s poorer nights against a team whom they’ve not beaten on their own patch for 26 years.

Next up it’s the televised teatime trip to Bristol City, where the Tigers haven’t won since 1965. Still, ducks have to be broken at some point. Match report later.

RESULT: City 2 Ipswich 1

Two late goals from substitute Nick Proschwitz – including a 93rd minute winner – gave City a deserved three points against a deeply negative Ipswich side at the Circle.

The visitors seemed to lack interest in attacking play but nonetheless scored from their only attack of the first half when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas took advantage of slow wits from the City defence to gallop through two challenges before bashing a near post shot past Ben Amos.

Both sides had decent penalty appeals for handball turned down, and Ipswich should have had a spot kick in the second half for a foul on DJ Campbell, before City, who had created what felt like hundreds of chances, slung on Proschwitz as the last sub with 20 minutes left and dispensed almost entirely with the midfield.

The German striker, who has struggled to settle straightaway into the English game, stabbed home from Ahmed Elmohamady’s low pull back after 73 minutes, then superbly headed in a cross from the same player deep into added time. A worthy win made worthier by the relentless pressure of the last 15 minutes and one of the most exciting climaxes to a game City fans have enjoyed in a while.

Back in the play-off spots now, with Middlesbrough away on Tuesday night to come next. Match report later.

RESULT: Sheffield Wednesday 0 City 1

A goal from substitute Aaron Mclean moments after coming on put City back on the winning trail against a poor Sheffield Wednesday side at Hillsborough.

Mclean, on in the 76th minute, scored with almost his first touch after holding off two defenders on a counter attack to steer the ball across Chris Kirkland.

It was no more than City deserved in a game of few chances and with a feisty, argumentative Tiger Nation present who gave extremely loud backing to Steve Bruce’s men when not rowing with the local police. Jay Simpson was inches away from a Stephen Quinn cross shot earlier in the second half, and Sone Aluko should have scored from an identical position to Mclean but fired wide. In the rather bleak first half, a dipping volley from Paul McKenna that only just missed was about the limit of the opportunities created.

By contrast, Ben Amos didn’t have much to do in the City goal as what Wednesday had in possession they lacked substantially in ideas in the final third, and if this is typical of their form this season then they’re in real peril. However, it is of no concern to us, and Bruce’s fresh 4-4-2 formation, which saw McKenna, Andy Dawson and Liam Rosenior restored to the side, has alleviated some of the annoyance of the three defeats that preceded this game, and once more City enter an international break with a win. Match report later.

RESULT: City 2 Blackpool 3

City threw away a hard-earned second half lead with some chronic defending to lose for the third game in a row.

Blackpool took the lead through Matt Phillips in the first half, but a fine Sone Aluko strike just before the break restored parity, then Stephen Quinn slid in a second early in the second half.

But defensively the Tigers looked suspect and substitute Kevin Phillips scored from close range after City failed to deal with a set-piece, then a misjudgement by Ben Amos allowed Nouha Dicko, also a sub, to score with a fine overhead kick.

That’s three defeats in a row for City, each of which have seen the concession of three goals, and perhaps Steve Bruce may decide it’s time for a rethink ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday. Match report later.

RESULT: Leicester 3 City 1

A hat-trick from David Nugent condemned City to their second defeat of the season as Nigel Pearson won the tactical battle against his old club.

Nugent scored twice in the first half; a smart sliding shot and a free header from a corner, with Jay Simpson bundling in City’s goal in between.

The Tigers were rarely in it after the break and though the game was still alive as the 90 minute mark approached, Nugent got the match ball after a counter attack just seconds after sub Nick Proschwitz had seen his header cleared off the line.

It’s the first time in the npower Championship that City have been obviously second best and the best response is to forget about it quickly and prepare for Peterborough’s visit to the KC next week. Steve Bruce, meanwhile, faces a touchline ban after being sent to the stands for arguing too angrily with the officials over a throw-in. Match report later.

RESULT: Leeds 2 City 3

City put a 25 year hoodoo to rest in some style with a tremendous win at Leeds United and a third in succession in the Championship.

The night started badly as El-Hadji Diouf won a much disputed penalty after seven minutes, with the referee needing persuasion from his assistant to give the spot kick. Replays showed the trip by Joe Dudgeon, from which Diouf took an age to go down, was a yard outside the box. Luciano Becchio put the kick to the left of Ben Amos.

City struggled to settle but eventually began to dictate the game and equalised deservedly through a fine shot from Ahmed Elmohamady, then six minutes later Abdoulaye Faye headed in for the third straight game from an Elmohamady cross.

The victory was sealed on 76 minutes when a glorious counter attack saw Jay Simpson and Corry Evans combine from one flank to the other, with the Ulsterman eventually feeding Elmohamady, whose cross went behind the backpedalling defenders for Robert Koren to finish.

It got nervy in injury time when sub Andy Gray put away a free header, but the Tigers held on and were well worth the win, a first at Elland Road since September 1987. The Tigers are one of four teams on 13 points, all one adrift of leaders Blackburn, and a trip to Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City on Sunday is next. Euphoric match report later.

RESULT: City 4 Millwall 1

Good gracious, where did that first half performance come from? City scored four in the opening period of a match for the first time ever at the Circle as a rotten Millwall side were given a thorough footballing lesson.

Robert Koren thumped in the first from distance after 14 minutes, then three more were added in an eight minute period. First Jay Simpson controlled Stephen Quinn’s cross well before finding the corner, then James Chester chipped a cross on to the head of defensive partner Abdoulaye Faye, and finally Sone Aluko clattered one through keeper Maik Taylor’s legs.

Predictably, City stepped off the gas a tad in the second half and only some good stops by Taylor and some less than forthright finishing from the Tigers stopped the lead from increasing. Millwall scored a consolation on 63 minutes when Darius Henderson aimed a good header across Ben Amos.

Fourth in the table, or joint second if you prefer, with goalscoring boots certainly on and a system that seems to be working a treat. Bring on Leeds United, then. Match report later.