Nahki Wells and his Bristol City teammates made the trip to the North East where Middlesbrough awaited their Sky Bet Championship battle.
New Bristol City Manager Nigel Pearson watched from the stands as Bristol City ended their run of defeats with a thoroughly-deserved 3-1 win away at Middlesbrough.
Bristol City was in full attack mode early on and Famara Diédhiou would secure in his 50th goal for the club to open the scoring.
He doubled City’s lead by finishing a swift turnover of the play in midfield before he turned provider for Wells. The pair was in inspirational form as City took a comfortable half-time lead.
The visitors were on course for an away clean sheet but as Middlesbrough threatened in the second half they eventually cut the deficit through Dael Fry’s close-range finish.
Up 1 – 0, after 21 minutes, Bristol City wouldn’t give their hosts an opportunity to get level eventually doubling their lead in the 33rd minute. Bristol City actually lost possession in midfield but Adam Nagy stole it back immediately and in doing so the ball broke for Tyreeq Bakinson. His quick forward pass unleashed Wells, who cut inside and rolled the ball into the path of Diédhiou who pounced with a calm finish.
The Senegal striker would then turn from goalscorer to provider as his strike partner Wells grabbed a deserved goal of his own in the 37th minute. Another clearance from Tomas Kalas was headed on by Diédhiou and Wells raced through on goal, taking a touch to take the ball slightly to the side of the Middlebrough goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and roll the ball into the net for goal number three.
Solihull Moors’ Justin Donawa came off the bench late in the Vanarama National League match against Torquay United, but he could not prevent them from falling 2 – 1.
Torquay took the lead in the 18th minute, after a handball inside the box, Asa Hall sent the Solihull goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot to put the visitors into the lead.
The visitor's lead was doubled in the 63rd minute, Billy Waters was able to get in behind the defense and slotted the ball past and advancing Solihull goalkeeper.
Donawa entered the match in the 83rd minute and two minutes later a Ben Usher-Shipway's long throw goes into the mixer, with Donawa going for the acrobatic effort, which crashed back off the crossbar.
In the 9th minute of stoppage time, Alex Gudger pulled a goal back for Solihull, but time ran out as they went looking for the equalizer.