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Irish international Callum O'Dowda crucial as Bristol City's Championship resurgence continues

The winger’s side moved into the top-four after an eye-catching win over Cardiff.

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BRISTOL CITY HAVE moved into the top four in the Championship after a 2-1 victory over second-placed Cardiff City.

Republic of Ireland international Callum O’Dowda proved influential and scored his first league goal of the season to give the side a 20th-minute lead.

Omar Bogle equalised for the guests before the break but he was dished a straight red card ten minutes after the restart and Bristol capitalised fully on their numerical advantage.

Midway through the half, Aden Flint scored and the hosts held on to move within five points of leaders Wolves.

Elsewhere, David McGoldrick was on the mark for Ipswich as Mick McCarthy’s side picked up just a second win from their last six games.

They put three past Preston, who are now treading water after a fourth successive defeat and have been held scoreless in back-to-back games.

Sheffield United’s 4-1 win over Hull moves them into second while Aston Villa suffered a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, a result which has opened up a four-point gap between Steve Bruce’s fifth-place side and Bristol.

Derby remain in sixth, despite a 4-2 defeat to Reading while, at the bottom, Bolton picked up a much-needed win over Norwich to move off the bottom of the table and they’re now a point behind Birmingham, who lost 2-0 away to Barnsley.

Managerless Sunderland are now the league’s basement club and face Middlesbrough tomorrow.

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