Bristol City certainly didn’t make life easy for Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon.
Now, Wolves have been a revelation since returning to the Premier League last year, sitting pretty in the top half while outclassing a number of established top flight sides. They scored three goals in away wins at Tottenham and Everton and knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Molineux – and deservedly so.
But it speaks volumes about the character and quality at Lee Johnson’s disposal that his Bristol City side left Wolves fans fearing a cup upset this weekend.
Ivan Cavaleiro scored the only goal of the game, the Portuguese winger scoring his fifth goal of the season from a Matt Doherty cross, but the visitors were forced to hang on during a difficult second half performance that was dominated by the on-song Robins.
Bristol City perhaps should have had a penalty too when a cross struck the arm of Doherty in the second half.
And while this is perhaps no consolation, the fact that Wolves fans have taken to Twitter in their droves to pay tribute to their dogged and determined opponents means there should be plenty of pride in defeat.
Well done Bristol! You didn't turn up 1st half but 2nd half you was PHENOMENAL and you should be so proud!— Tom (@WolvesAyWe90) February 17, 2019
Great game lads. Make no mistake about it, had you scored one you’d have got a second. Don’t look back, push on and make sure you beat the stripey lot in the play offs— Rob Biondi (@RobBiondi1) February 17, 2019
Your lads were brilliant 2nd half. Must push on now in the league because if they perform like they did 2nd half they will take some stopping. Beating the baggies to automatic promotion or beating them in the play offs will do for us Wolves fans— Philip Haynes (@Flipflop82Ph) February 17, 2019
Tbf I was well impressed with your boys 2nd half we ain't easy to play against we're a good team so fair play to ya— steven hudson (@stevenhudson2) February 17, 2019
Great performance from Bristol had us sweating second half. Premier league is waiting for your boys and not before time— ⚫️Mark baker⚫️ (@Baker4860) February 17, 2019
Fantastic performance by you boys! One of the toughest sides we’ve faced this season ... fact!— Lord Jason Guy (@wolvespremier) February 18, 2019
Impressed with Bristol 2nd half. Credit where it's due. Better than some of the Prem teams we have played this season.— Strings (@Stringers76) February 17, 2019
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