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Robins record valuable win: Match Review

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Bristol City eased their relegation concerns and ended Leicester's four-match unbeaten run with a well-earned 2-0 win at Ashton Gate.

Keith Millen's side started the day in 22nd place in the npower Championship table but moved out of the relegation zone as they got back to winning ways thanks to Brett Pitman's first goal for the club and a stunning long-range effort from David Clarkson.

After Steve Howard had missed a penalty for Leicester, substitute Pitman swept the ball just over the goalline for the opener in the 57th minute following a well worked free-kick.

Christian Ribeiro was fouled by Greg Cunningham on the right wing and Jamie McAllister took the free-kick short, had it back and whipped a cross into the box which Pittman stabbed goalwards from 12 yards, and despite the best effort of Foxes defender Ritchie Wellens, the ball crept in for 1-0.

David Clarkson made the game safe in the 90th minute when he fired the ball into the top left hand corner from 30 yards to secure all three points.

It could have been a different story had Sven-Goran Eriksson's side taken advantage of their early pressure.

It was the team from the East Midlands who started the better and had the first real chance of the game when David James hauled down Andy King inside the penalty area as the seven-goal hitman attempted to go round him after racing clear of the Robins defence.

However, the 53-cap England goalkeeper immediately redeemed himself by blocking Howard's low penalty with his legs to keep the score at 0-0.

Leicester had other chances during the first half to grab the opener, the best of which came just five minutes after Howard's missed penalty when Paul Gallagher rose highest inside the box but his header crept just inches wide of the far post with James well beaten.

City were a different side after the break after swapping Lee Johnson for Pitman in what turned out to be an inspired move, although it was the away side who had the first chance of the half.

Paul Gallagher's corner was swung into the far post where a host of Foxes players were waiting but Jon Stead managed to hook the ball clear.

Strikers Darius Vassell and Martyn Waghorn were thrown into the action on by Eriksson as he attempted to get his side back into the game following Pitman's goal.

Despite a few nervy moments late on, the Robins never really looked like conceding and even managed to snatch a late second through another substitute, Clarkson, as Leicester surged forward in search of a leveller.

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David James
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